John sends this along: Explore Tolkien’s Middle-earth in a 10-week on-line course hosted by the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University. The course will examine Tolkien’s awareness of northern European mythologies and languages as well as other aspects of his scholarly background, by concentrating on The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. The course will be run three times during the next academic year starting on:

2 October 2006
2 February 2007
23 April 2007

The course is open to students and to adult learners. Enrolments for all three dates of the course are now open.

For more information please visit the course website here
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