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The Lord of the Rings: An Exploration of the Films

An Exploration of the Films & Their Literary Influences 

Hobbits, Orcs, wizards, dashing knights, and powerful elves are all part of the magic created in J.R.R. Tolkien’s famously epic tale, The Lord of the Rings. For years, the vivid characters within this beloved story could exist only in the readers’ minds—until it was adapted into a movie that allowed fans to finally see, through the eyes of Hollywood magic and brilliant technology, the manifestation of these characters onscreen. What does it take to transport these well-known images like Gollum and the Shire from dusty pages to the giant screen? In The Lord of the Rings: An Exploration of the Films and Its Literary Influences, you will see first-hand how classic literature can become modern film and bring the fantasy alive for a whole new generation of believers.

Required Materials

You will be required to have access to the standard (non-extended) editions of the three Lord of the Rings films: 

   • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

   • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

   • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


If you do not already have access to these movies, you may consider other sources such as your local library.


Note: Timestamps referenced throughout the course apply to standard editions of the applicable film and may not align with any extended/modified versions.

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