Celtic Connections in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion”

$150.00

Modern Myth Making

This class will explore selected readings from The Silmarillion, particularly those that focus on Tolkien’s expert ability to create a cohesive world that builds off itself. In addition to the selected readings, we will also read a separate piece of Tolkien world building, as well as an essay diving into links to real world Celtic mythology. 

Course text: The Silmarillion. Edition: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (October 7, 2014). 

This class is on-site only at the Celtic Junction Art Center’s new classroom which is located upstairs, across the hall from the McKiernan Library.

6 in-person meetings. Thursdays. 6:30 -7:45 pm. February 2 – March 9.

Class fee: $150

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of CJAC’s Education Program of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail it to the Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Ryan Quinn at quinnry42@gmail.com and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 

 

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Description

The works of JRR Tolkien are some of the best-selling books of all time. From the episodic adventures of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, to the sweeping epic that is the Lord of the Rings trilogy, millions have enjoyed the work of this Oxford professor. However, these two works are but stories in a grand mythos Tolkien created and worked on up until his death in 1973. With the posthumous publication in 1977 of The Silmarillion by his son Christopher Tolkien, the true scope of JRR Tolkien’s mind was finally made available to the general public. This class will explore selected readings from The Silmarillion, particularly those that focus on Tolkien’s expert ability to create a cohesive world that builds off itself. It will primarily explore the ages known as “The Elder Days”. This course is perfect for creative writers, world builders, or those reluctant to jump into the entirety of the book. In addition to the selected readings, we will also read a separate piece of Tolkien world building, as well as an essay diving into links to real world Celtic mythology.