Welcome to SPACE, our adult continuing education program which offers interactive monthly courses for personal enrichment! Learn more here.

June 2024 Spotlight   Hybrid
Transformation and the process of transformation, either physical or of the self, is a significant theme in Tolkien’s writing and appears throughout the Middle-earth legendarium. In this SPACE course, we will explore how the practice, philosophy and symbolism of alchemy resonate in the texts and provide another way to read the changes that are apparent throughout. Amongst other topics, we will look at the Music of the Ainur and Tolkien’s creation myth, the recurring symbolism of the alchemical colours: Black, White and Red, the metaphor of Gold, the nature of the One Ring, and Frodo as alchemical subject.

Required Texts

Students should have access to a copy of The Lord of the Rings (hard copy or e-book).
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This class will be Hybrid (half lecture & half discussion):

• LECTURES (recorded live) on the Monday sessions
• DISCUSSIONS live (not recorded) on the Wednesday sessions

Days and Times

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 11:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

Discord Details

If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].