Figurative Language With Tolkien: Writing in Middle-Earth - Ages 15-18
In this ongoing class, students will develop their writing voice by learning some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s favorite devices.
Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
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learners per class
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
45 minutes per class
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Voice is one of the most elusive elements of writing: hard to pin down and hard to duplicate. We can come close, though, by pinpointing the devices and strategies a particular author uses most. And one of the best ways to develop one’s own writing voice is by learning what makes successful writers’ voices so effective. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, has a distinct voice that many fantasy authors try to capture. In this course, we will explore some of his...
Throughout this class, students will learn to: • Define rhetorical devices and types of figurative language • Analyze writing that uses both classic and innovating devices • Explain the effects of these devices • Develop their voice by creating sentences and paragraphs using these devices
I have a bachelors and masters in English and certificate in Digital Humanities from Texas A&M University in May 2021. I wrote my thesis on Christianized Germanic heroism in Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. I am also a member of the international Tolkien Society. I worked for three semesters as a graduate assistant teacher for undergraduate courses in literature and technical writing. I also have many years of experience working with children from freelance tutoring elementary through high school and volunteering with Girl Scouts and church.
Assessment is informal, through in-class discussion and writing exercises.
45 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.
Quotes used in class may contain spoilers for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Quotes may also include poetic descriptions of battles (never in graphic detail—Tolkien doesn’t write that way) or hints at the sense of loss that pervades his Middle-earth writings.
Examples will come from the following books by J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings 1. The Fellowship of the Ring 2. The Two Towers 3. The Return of the King The Silmarillion (edited by Christopher Tolkien)
Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
The Wonder of Words
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
25 total reviews
32 completed classes
My name is Rebecca Baumgarten. I have a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Texas A&M University, focusing on the fiction and scholarship of J.R.R. Tolkien. I am an adjunct professor of English at Collin College in north Texas, where I teach...