Spotlight on History: The World of Tolkien


Course Length: Six weeks
2022 Schedule: Wednesdays with Ms. Mason at 9 a.m. CST/3 p.m. UK 


About Summer Courses at Dreaming Spires

Our summer classes are great for homeschoolers who are preparing for high school in the US or exams in the UK, a chance to sample a subject before doing a deep dive for the coming year.

All courses will meet an hour weekly for six weeks. There will be the usual reliance on living books and some homework to ensure good participation, and at the end a certificate will be awarded.

About Spotlight on History: The World of Tolkien

Join us on an exciting journey through Middle Earth, in which we discover the different cultures, languages, legends and personal experiences from which J.R.R Tolkien drew his ideas for the creation of his imaginary world. We’ll be learning to read and use Anglo-Saxon runes like Gandalf; read original Norse myths to find out how Tolkien named his dwarves; walk with Beowulf into Grendel’s cave to find Smaug’s origins and journey with other heroes of English literature to find many more of Tolkien’s characters.

We’ll look at Tolkien’s maps and discover how he created the geography of Middle Earth and journey from medieval Scandinavia, Iceland and Anglo-Saxon England to the battlefields of the Somme to understand how Tolkien’s world came into being. We’ll also read The Fellowship of the Ring together, alongside extracts from The Hobbit. Come and join the adventure!


Who Teaches Spotlight on History: The World of Tolkien?

Yvonne Mason took her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature, then an MA in Medieval Studies from Royal Holloway in London while working as a costumed historical interpreter at the Tower of London. She has bee working as an online tutor since 2001 in both English and history. She home educates her daughter, and is an avid embroiderer in her spare time. She has plans to study for a PhD in Medieval Studies very soon.
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