This course will explore J.R.R. Tolkien’s insights for the spiritual journey. The class will briefly explore the sources of Tolkien’s vision of the quest that were influenced by his experiences of World War I, his Catholic faith, and his deep reading of ancient mythologies. Employing short readings from Lord of the Rings and clips from the movies of the same name, the class will then discuss key themes in the journey including the affirmation of creation, sacrifice and bliss, friendship, the temptations of power and pride, and the role of the key virtues of faith, hope, and charity. Come discover what Middle Earth can tell us about the possibilities for modern earth. This class is co-sponsored by the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University.
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