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Tolkien on Page and Screen

Academic Coordinator: Professor Nick Groom

J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. His fiction has in the past 15 years inspired six blockbuster movies, as well as several independent films, yet he is one of the most neglected figures in academic literary criticism. This module begins by focusing on Tolkien’s major fiction published during his lifetime – The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings – as well as several minor and posthumous works, including an introduction to The Silmarillion. It will then move to the Ralph Bakshi and Peter Jackson film treatments, as well as and other examples of reception in literature and in different media, such as music, gaming, and ephemera. The module will also consider how far Tolkien’s experience of place, including his trips to Cornwall, Devon, and the West Country affected his work; field trips to some of these locations, including the castle ruins at Tintagel, will inspire your learning experience.

Key texts:

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings 

J.R.R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales 

More information on the structure of the programme and our teaching style can be found on our Academic programme page.  If you have any questions please email iss@exeter.ac.uk