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September 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 fourth and final book in The History of The Lord of the Rings, The Treason of Isengard (Volume Nine 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

Sauron Defeated (any edition).
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Days and Times

Webinars: Webinar Meeting at 10:00 PM Eastern for four 1-hour sessions on Sept 6 and Sept 11; 3:00 PM Eastern on Sept 18; and 10:00 PM Eastern on Sept 25.

Discussion Sessions: Discussion Section 1 Meeting Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern for four 1-hour discussion groups on September 7, 14, 21, and 28.

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