Philosophy, Fantasy, and Science Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien's Saga of Middle Earth (lecture 2)
This is the second session in a new series of monthly lectures and discussions, spanning the year 2016 and hosted by the Brookfield Public Library. This year the series focuses on philosophical themes in the works and world of selected classic and contemporary fantasy and science fiction authors.
We continue the series by focusing in this session on J.R.R. Tolkien's works, in particular those concerned with his world of Arda and specifically Middle Earth -- the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Hobbit, and the Simarillion.
- biographical discussion of Tolkien's life and career
- Tolkien as a world-builder
- a metaphysics of creation in Tolkien's works
- good and evil in Tolkien's works
- the one Ring
- wrapup, other themes, and Q&A
Upcoming lectures in the series will focus on the works and worlds of Frank Herbert, Roger Zelazny, Ursula K. Leguin, Michael Moorcock, Phillip K. Dick, Mervyn Peake, and George R.R. Martin.
Previous lectures - on J.R.R. Tolkien, A.E. Van Vogt, and C.S. Lewis have been recorded and are available in this playlist:
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