The Lord of the Rings

All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

The Lord of the Rings. One of my all time favourite books – it is a fantasy, an adventure, a guidebook, a history, a mythology. The narrative follows a young hobbit – Frodo Baggins as he journeys across Middle Earth, from the comfortable Shire to the dark lands of Mordor. The fate of the world lies in this quest. But, he is not alone, joined by a fellowship who fight for him and for Middle Earth throughout all three parts.

I would love to teach The Lord of the Rings, it would however be a demanding task. There is so much in the book that you could look at – themes of power, addiction, courage, life + immortality, and loyalty. The characters are so in depth – the Christ figures of Gandalf and Aragorn, the unlikely hero – Frodo, and the misunderstood antagonist – Gollum.

Another way I could use The Lord of the Rings in my teaching is just focusing on the poetry that Tolkien has permeated the story with. These poems link to themes in the whole text and teaching this poetry would introduce students to Middle Earth without requiring them to read such a large text (even if I did just teach The Fellowship of the Ring, it would be heavy).

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