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June 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 the first book in The History of The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the Shadow (Volume Six of The History of the Middle-earth), 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 Return of the Shadow (any edition).
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Days and Times

Four 1-hour Webinars with James Tauber & John Garth, meeting on June 5 at 10:00 PM Eastern, June 12 at 10:00 PM Eastern; June 19 at 3:00 PM Eastern; June 26 at 10:00 PM Eastern.

Section 2: Meeting with Sara Brown on Thursdays at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time) on June 8, 15, 22, 29.

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