Dr Dimitra Fimi writes: Enrolment is now open for two new, exciting online courses on Tolkien and on Fantasy Literature, offered by University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) and taught by Dr Dimitra Fimi (author of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits, which recently won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies). You can enroll online here, the courses will be taught entirely online and they are open to students and adult learners all over the world.

Fantasy Literature: From Victorian Fairy Tales to Modern Imaginary Worlds will explore the history and evolution of fantasy literature from its Victorian and Edwardian roots (the work of William Morris, George MacDonald, and the mythology of childhood developed by Charles Kingsley and J.M. Barrie) to the seminar work of J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien’s legacy (C.S. Lewis Narnia books, and Terry Brooks and Stephen Donaldson’s work) and the best works of American fantasy (including Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz and Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series). The course will also include modern works of fantasy like K.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth and Middle-earth in Context will focus on J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythology, from his earliest works to The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. The course will explore Tolkien’s mythological and cultural sources, and will also look at Tolkien’s languages, cultures and the adaptations of his works.

For a list of F.A.Q. about both online courses please see: http://www3.uwic.ac.uk/English/education/Enterprise/courses/Pages/FAQs.aspx

Also, have a look at the courses’ facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/group.php?gid=126095710734474