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​Journey to the Imaginal Realm: Reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

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Register for the forthcoming 7-part online, interactive course: Journey to the Imaginal Realm: Reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Hosted on Nura Learning and starts Monday, September 24th.

A JOURNEY THROUGH TOLKIEN’S MAGNUM OPUS… A POWERFUL EXPERIENCE OF THE IMAGINAL REALM

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien has been a beloved story to several generations since its publication in the mid-1950s. The story has a timeless quality to it, and engages with a complex struggle between good and evil, death and immortality, power and freedom. The Lord of the Rings blends otherworldly romance with the high rhetoric of epic mythology, at times interwoven with the internal depths of the nineteenth century novel and the political climate of the twentieth century. As Tolkien’s close friend and colleague C. S. Lewis once said: “Nothing quite like it has been done before. This book is like lightning from a clear sky . . . here are beauties which pierce like swords and burn like cold iron.”

The Lord of the Rings is a text treated by many as a sacred text, one to be returned to year after year, or read aloud with loved ones. The Lord of the Rings, for many, has become a myth for our time. This course offers a journey through Tolkien’s magnum opus in a community of learning, guided by a scholar who has spent more than two decades engaging Tolkien’s writings and artwork. This course is designed both for newcomers to Tolkien’s narrative, and for veteran travelers through Middle-earth’s many realms. Together we will explore the grand themes and hidden nuances of Tolkien’s epic story, connecting The Lord of the Rings to the larger mythology of Middle-earth, and situating Tolkien’s process of writing within his own powerful experiences of the imaginal realm.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Becca S. Tarnas, PhD, is a scholar, artist, and editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology. She received her doctorate in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies, with her dissertation titled The Back of Beyond: The Red Books of C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien. Becca received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in Environmental Studies and Theatre Arts, and MA in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at CIIS. Her research interests include depth psychology, literature, philosophy, and the ecological imagination. She is currently teaching as an adjunct professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her website is www.BeccaTarnas.com. Portrait by In Her Image Photography.

WHAT YOU RECEIVE

  • Six pre-recorded audio lectures with Dr Tarnas 
  • Seven live, interactive video Q&A sessions following the readings and hosted on Zoom Meetings.
  • Audio recordings of each Q&A for easy listening. Yours to keep.
  • A Class Syllabus.
  • Access to a Class Portal, where class recordings and materials are hosted.
  • Connection with a vibrant community of avid readers, Tolkien fans, and explorers of the imagination.
 

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