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Tolkien's Great Tales: The Tale of Beren and Lúthien

February 2023 Confirmed

Precepted by Sara Brown.
Although they were never completed in his lifetime, JRR Tolkien wrote what he considered his three "Great Tales" of the Elder Days and intended them to be a significant part of his wider Silmarillion. These Tales are The Tale of Beren and Lúthien, The Children of Húrin, and The Fall of Gondolin. Some parts of these Tales can be found within the published version of The Silmarillion, but the more recently available individual books provide additional and extensive details for each story.

In this course, we will have a ‘read-along’ discussion of The Tale of Beren and Lúthien. Each session we will consider our close reading of a section of the story, examining Tolkien’s use of language and narrative structure, as well as exploring ideas about what each Tale tells us about Tolkien’s secondary world.

Access to a copy of The Tale of Beren and Lúthien will be necessary, and you may find having a copy of The Silmarillion very useful.

Required Texts

The Tale of Beren and Lúthien (any edition).

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Days and Times

Meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on February 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27

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