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The History, People, and Culture of Tolkien's Númenor

December 2022 Confirmed

Precepted by Sara Brown.
With the publication of The Fall of Númenor (November 2022) we finally have much of Tolkien’s writing on this period in the history Middle-earth drawn together in one place. This offers a unique opportunity, at a moment when the island of Númenor has come to greater public awareness via Amazon’s show ‘The Rings of Power’, to fully examine this aspect of Tolkien’s secondary world. In this course, we will explore the history of Númenor, with particular focus on important events, significant people, the geography of the island, and the evolving culture of the Númenóreans.

Special Note: We are excited to announce that Brian Sibley, noted for his BBC Radio adaptations of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as for his many books on Tolkien, will be joining us in one of the sessions (Date tbc). He is going to talk to us about his work on the new book The Fall of Númenor, and will be available to answer any questions you might have.

Required Texts

Access to The Fall of Númenor is desirable but not essential. The Silmarillion and The Unfinished Tales might also be useful.

See the overall page for the The History, People, and Culture of Tolkien's Númenor module.

See other modules (potentially) offerred in December 2022.

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Days and Times

Meeting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays @10:00 AM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for December 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, and 21.

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