J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth Reading Club
Term: Summer 2021
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7-12
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
Section 1, June 29–July 29 (10 sessions): T/Th 11:00 a.m. ET with Christopher Marchand
Section 2, June 29–July 29 (10 sessions): T/Th 2:00 p.m. ET with Christopher Marchand
So, you have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and now you are wondering where you should go next in Middle Earth. Maybe you’ve heard of The Silmarillion but someone told you it is a pretty difficult book. Well, the J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth book club is here to help guide you through this perilous realm.
After beginning with a couple of Tolkien’s novellas that offer us insight into his approach to writing fairy tales, we will then become historians of Middle Earth, first by reading The Silmarillion and ending with The Children of Hurin, a longer work taken from The Silmarillion and compiled by Tolkien’s son Christopher. We will have daily discussions and read some sections of the books together in class together. Along with this, there will be an opportunity to read supplementary material regarding how Tolkien crafted and shaped his stories about the peoples of Middle Earth.
Syllabus: Coming soon.
* Required Texts
Farmer Giles of Ham and Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien (found in the books The Tolkien Reader or Tales From the Perilous Realm)
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien”
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
Christopher Marchand is a music pastor and priest at Epiphany Church in Peoria, Illinois, serving in the Anglican Church of North America. He holds a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Music Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A former headmaster and teacher at Aletheia Classical Christian School, he has taught humanities, history, science, and government courses. He is married to Elisa, and they have four children: three boys and a girl. The author of Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas: a Guide for Churches and Families and producer of the blog/podcast PostConsumer Reports, Christopher loves discussing anything related literature, film, music, art, or tennis. firstname.lastname@example.org
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