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IDS 101: The Creation and History of Middle Earth: Your Guide

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What myths did Tolkien draw on for his vision of Middle Earth, and what was purely his invention? How did good and evil develop in Middle Earth, and in what form did they take?  What roots of The Lord of the Rings can we see forming in the stories of The Silmarillion?

We will explore the world of Middle Earth from its creation up to the Third Age through a collection of Tolkien works compiled in The Silmarillion, setting the stage for The Lord of the Rings. Along the way, we will encounter several important characters who appear in The Lord of the Rings and see how their roles develop.  Familiarity with The Lord of the Rings is recommended.

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