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March 2023  Hybrid
Mixed Lecture/Discussion • Medium intensity
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 Three, The Lays of Beleriand, 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 Lays of Beleriand (any edition)
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Days and Times

Meeting for four 1-hour Webinars with James Tauber/ John Garth. Meeting on the following days: Feb 27 at 10:00pm Eastern; March 6 at 10:00pm Eastern; March 13 at 10:00 Eastern; March 20 at 3:00pm Eastern

Section 3: Meeting four 1-hour discussion classes with Tom Hillman on Thursdays at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) on March 2, 9, 16, 23.

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