Tolkien, the Lord of the Rings, and the Environment

HOUSECS 59.19

Fall 2018

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:15 pm, FF101CM

Provide an overview of the course. These will be posted as the course summary for students’ reference in DukeHub and on the House Courses website. Please try to describe the course topic(s) and the nature of the course succinctly, in an engaging and informative manner. NOTE: If your House Course is an approved Service Learning course, you must note this in the course description and include a description of its Service Learning project(s)/aspects.

The modern environmental movement, the ornate Middle Ages, and the Lord of the Rings have much in common, and in many ways have influenced each other. This course’s main focus will be to look into Tolkien’s life, The Lord of the Rings, and Tolkien’s other works as they pertain to appreciation and environmentalism. The course will consider literature, maps, film/other adaptations, and music associated with the Lord of the Rings, as well as the literary, historical, and philosophical contexts from various periods that may have influenced Tolkien’s frame of thought. The course will also involve the analysis of scholarly works and critiques set in both the contexts of the author’s universe and in our own.

Instructor(s): 
  • John Sittu, jcs91@duke.edu
Sponsor/Department: 
  • Astrid Giugni, English
Class Limit: 
14