For those of you looking to brush up on your Tolkien knowledge, don’t forget to check out this upcoming online course! Here’s the official release:

J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth and Middle-earth in Context
The Journey Begins Again in May 2011

We are delighted to announce that the UWIC MA online course J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth and Middle-earth in Context will run again during the summer semester, beginning in May 2011. The course has been designed and will be taught by Dr Dimitra Fimi (author of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits, winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies 2010).

The course will be taught entirely online and it is open to students and adult learners all over the world. Students will explore in detail the mythology, medieval inspirations, linguistic invention and cultural context of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy work.

All our online students will also have access to UWIC’s electronic resources including:

  • Electronic journals such as Tolkien Studies
  • E-books such as the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (ed. M. Drout) and Tolkien the Medievalist (ed. J. Chance)
  • Selected digitised articles and chapters from the best of Tolkien scholarship

This course can be taken for credit (20 credits at MA level) or for pleasure – it’s up to you!

Enrolment is now open! Potential students are advised to enrol as soon as possible as places are limited.

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