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A Journey Through The History of Middle-earth: The Book of Lost Tales, Part One

January 2023 (1)

Precepted by James Tauber.
Subsection Precepted by Tom Hillman.
Christopher Tolkien’s twelve volumes on the History of Middle-earth give unparalleled insight into the development of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium. They contain early drafts of familiar texts, different conceptualizations of well-known stories, and in some cases completely new material.

This module is part of a series of modules covering all twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth. This particular module will provide an overview of Volume One, The Book of Lost Tales Part One, as well as readings from and discussion of highlights in that volume. It will include a guest appearance from Tolkien scholar John Garth.

Whether you’ve read the History of Middle-earth before or not, the hope is that these modules will make the volumes more accessible and will enhance your appreciation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. There is no requirement that you do every single module in the series as each will be largely standalone, although in later modules, references will be made to earlier volumes.

Required Texts


The Book of Lost Tales: Part One (any edition)

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Days and Times

WEBINAR MEETING January 3 (Tuesday), 9 (Monday), and 16 (Monday), at 10:00 PM Eastern AND January 23 (Monday) at 3:00 PM Eastern, please note the change of time.

SECTION 1 MEETING four 1-hour discussion classes with Tom Hillman on Thursdays at 10:00 PM (Eastern) on January 5, 12, 19, 26.

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