Tolkien and Counter-Culture

ENGLIT 1009 - spring

Tolkien, the "father of modern fantasy," still dominates pop culture. In fact, his ideas have helped shape and challenge ours social and political systems. 

How have his influential works resonated so strongly with marginalized people, despite his own personal beliefs (which were quite conservative)? Read Tolkien's major works, including The Lord of the Rings, as well as scholarly analysis of his life, work, and enduring significance in the twenty-first century.