Houp’s Tolkien Class Offers a Window into Fantasy, History

Posted on May 17, 2012 by


Students have a unique opportunity to take the nerdiest elective  at Fleetwood. Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings is a quarter-long course offered at Fleetwood Area High School.

This class is anything but boring. It provided an awesome learning experience for a book/movie series that many enjoy thoroughly. Students going into this class usually have a pretty decent knowledge of the story coming in.  At least, that’s what they think.

The class expands on Tolkien himself as well as his books and movies. The class starts off with studies on the author, J.R.R. Tolkien. This frontrunner of fantasy writing has had many documentaries and biographies written about him.

After learning about the author, the class dove right into The Hobbit. Students witnessed the animated version of the story. This is due to the fact that a live action movie has not been made…yet. Following The Hobbit, the class moved on to The Fellowship of the Ring. This is the first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Two Towers shortly followed.  Finally, the class studied the final chapter, The Return of the King. After all was said and done, students left the class with a much deeper understanding of the epic tale.

There is much more to the Lord of the Rings than most students know. This class offers a chance to study this literary genius’s work. Without taking this class, students  would not have known all of the background information expressed in this elective. Students looking to expand their knowledge on Lord of the Rings, and fantasy writing in general, are strongly advised to take this class.

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