"The Lord of the Rings"
with Dr. Louis Markos
Class will meet in HBU's Moody Library, Room 100, every Monday from 4:00-6:30pm from August 26 to December 2; however, there will be no class on September 2 (Labor Day) or October 21.
Although The Lord of the Rings
and The Chronicles of Narnia
are both undergirded by a Christian worldview, the links to Christianity are less clear and direct in Tolkien’s great epic fantasy. In this class we will explore how Tolkien, while reviving the reputation of the fairy tale and sub-creating a medieval-like world that runs by its own codes and values, found a way to integrate his rich creativity and love of language with his deep Catholic faith. We will further discuss how The Lord of the Rings
, together with The Silmarillion
and The Hobbit
, were influenced by Norse mythology, Beowulf
, and Tolkien’s friendship with C. S. Lewis.
About the professor:
Dr. Markos (www.LouMarkos.com
), Professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities; his books include From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics
, Apologetics for the 21st Century
, Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis
, Literature: A Student’s Guide
, Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition
, and On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis