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Online Intensive -
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

Agora Foundation Online Intensives -
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

“Home is behind, the world ahead,
and there are many paths to tread
through shadows to the edge of night,
until the stars are all alight.”


Influenced by themes from old English Literature and the Arts and Crafts Movement, and evolving to complex narratives involving the struggle between good and evil, friendship, death, fate, free will, the danger of power, and the beauty of redemption, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings continue to endure as inspiring and timeless epics. With engaging language, grounded descriptions of the relationship between people and places, arresting archetypes, and suggestions of providence, J. R. R. Tolkien has created these wonderful books that pull the reader into a foreign yet familiar world… a place essentially our own.


We invite you first to join us for The Hobbit. Published in 1937 to wide acclaim, we will begin our long journey of trial and adventure where it must start… with Bilbo Baggins of Bag End. Soon, further dates and pricing will be announced for The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. The online group will be limited to fourteen participants, and we expect a great deal of laughter, camaraderie, wonder, suspense, and inspiration. Sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:00PM Pacific Time. The seminar facilitator will be Andy Gilman. This five-week series is $225. Community of Lifelong Learners subscribers receive a discount of $25 through a refund.


The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Begins January 10 and ends February 7, 2023


The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - 75th Anniversary Edition - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 2012), ISBN 978-0547928227

Dates and Curriculum

1) Session One

Tuesday, January 10

5:30-7:00PM PST

I An Unexpected Party - 3

II Roast Mutton - 27

III A Short Rest - 43


2) Session Two

Tuesday, January 17

5:30-7:00PM PST

IV Over Hill and Under Hill - 52

V Riddles in the Dark - 65

VI Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire - 85

3) Session Three

Tuesday, January 24

5:30-7:00PM PST

VII Queer Lodgings - 105

VIII Flies and Spiders - 130

IX Barrels Out of Bond - 157

4) Session Four

Tuesday, January 31

5:30-7:00PM PST

X A Warm Welcome - 174

XI On the Doorstep - 186

XII Inside Information - 195

XIII Not at Home - 214


5) Session Five

Tuesday, February 7

5:30-7:00PM PST

XIV Fire and Water - 225

XV The Gathering of the Clouds - 234

XVI Thief in the Night - 244

XVII The Clouds Burst - 250

XVIII The Return Journey - 261

XIX The Last Stage - 269


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