Christian Values in J.R.R. Tolkien

Length: 18 weekly lessons
Includes: 18 printable weekly lessons; an instant download of this course is available
Age/Grade: This is an in-depth literature course designed for juniors or seniors, or students with a love for reading.

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How to Use This Course

SchoolhouseTeachers.com brings you Christian Values In J.R.R. Tolkien by Dr. Steven Hake, the Chair of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and Director of the Literature major at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. Dr. Hake supplies your student with an advanced literature study of six of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and an important biography of Mr. Tolkien. There are discussion questions in the form of weekly written assignments for the student to complete, along with one-page journal entries, two short papers, and, at the conclusion of the course, a longer paper (ten to twelve pages). If this course is taken in full, completing all reading assignments, written assignments, and both the long and short papers, the course is worth a minimum of .5 language arts credit. If the student explores this course in depth and spends approximately 180 hours completing this course (two hours per day for eighteen weeks or one hour per day for thirty-six weeks), it is worth one high school credit in language arts. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

*Important note: students are required to read several works of Tolkien in this course, as well as a key biography written about him by Humphrey Carpenter. These books will need to be obtained from your library prior to beginning the class. 

Course Introduction

Many enthusiastic readers of Tolkien have perhaps never pondered deeply the Biblical issues and questions he raises. His books, like those of his good friend C. S. Lewis and those of Charles Dickens, not only make great read alouds gathered round a warm fire on a cold winter evening, but they also repay careful thought and study.

Remember, you are studying to the glory of God and not primarily for academic credit or even to fulfill course requirements mandated by the state in which you live. Even if you are studying out of obedience to your parents, I hope, and am sure that your parents join me in this hope, that your desire to love God with your mind and learn for Him will grow stronger and stronger until it is deeply internal and clearly your own. Our one desire is to be the absolute best that we can be for Christ by His grace, to fully use the gifts He has given us, and to fulfill the ministry He has in mind for us.

Eighteen printable weekly lessons; an instant download of this course is available.

  • Weeks One-Three: The Hobbit, “On Fairy Stories,” and Carpenter biography (portions)
  • Weeks Four-Seven: The Fellowship of the Ring and Carpenter biography (portions); two short papers due
  • Weeks Eight-Eleven: The Two Towers and Carpenter biography (portions)
  • Weeks Twelve-Fourteen: The Return of the King and Carpenter biography (portions)
  • Week Fifteen: Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham and Carpenter biography (portions)
  • Weeks Sixteen-Eighteen: The Silmarillion and Carpenter biography (portions); final paper due

If this course is taken in full, completing all reading assignments, written assignments, and both the long and short papers, the course is worth a minimum of .5 language arts credit. If the student explores this course in depth and spends approximately 180 hours completing this course (two hours per day for eighteen weeks or one hour per day for thirty-six weeks), it will count for one high school credit in language arts.

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Dr. Hake

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Dr. Hake chairs the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and directs the Literature major at Patrick...

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