(Literature) The Spiritual Life of JRR Tolkien
Maximum number of students: 25
Class dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, July 17 through July 27, 2017..
Total classes: 8
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 AM Mountain; 10:00 AM Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: ½ semester Literature
Fee: $110 if you register on or before March 15, 2017. $125 after March 15th.
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course description: JRR Tolkien was able to create the most popular work of literature of the 20th century, The Lord of the Rings, out of the depth of his spiritual insight and because of his profound Catholic faith. This course will examine Tolkien’s spirituality by reading his letters, by studying his life story, and by examining the works he created. We will thereby learn, through Tolkien’s example, how faith and personal sanctity can and should play itself out in the life and works of every Christian. This course will be more than an examination of JRR Tolkien; it will also be a glimpse into the power of God’s grace working through an artist and his art.
Course outline (day by day):
Course materials: The Letters of JRR Tolkien, Tree and Leaf, The Father Christmas Letters and Tolkien: A Celebration.
Homework: Completing the assigned reading for each class; taking seven quizzes and one essay exam. Estimated homework time each week: 4 hours. In addition, students should have read Joseph Pearce’s biography of Tolkien, Tolkien: A Celebration before the first class meeting.