J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Númenor Summer Reading Club
The debut of last year’s new television show Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power caused quite a stir among fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle Earth, and The Lord of the Rings films. Some loved it for it’s action and the new ways it portrayed classic characters like Galadriel and others raised a cry that it was not faithful to Tolkien’s source material. This summer book club is all about getting a chance to read that source material! The recently released book The Fall of Numenor compiles together all of Tolkien’s writing about The Second Age of Middle Earth, which is portrayed in the TV show. While this is a great course for those who are already familiar with Tolkien’s works it will also be a great introduction to his writing outside of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, so anyone is welcome to join us! We will wrap up this course by reading a collection of Tolkien’s short stories and poems as found in the collection The Perilous Realm.
The Fall of Numenor by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Brian Sibley
Tales From the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Complete Guide to Middle Earth by Robert Foster
The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad
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