ONLINE CLASS: The Mythology That Inspired Tolkien and Launched Middle-earth (2165)

Four Sundays: July 11, 18, 25, August 1 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET

$120 (10% off for members)

Sharing its title with the poetic name for Finland--the land of heroes--Kalevala, is the myth that made Finland and inspired Tolkien’s “mythology for England.” In this class, explore the mythology of Finland through its collected folk-songs. Led by scholar Verlyn Flieger, this class will include close reading and discussion of the epic poem Kalevala (compiled by author Elias Lönnrot and translated by Eino Friberg)stories of creation, singing magic, the mysterious Sampo, the heroes Väinämöinen, Ilmarinen, Lemminkainen; the tragic Kullervo. Four Sundays: July 11, 18, 25, August 1 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET Online Class.

Reading Schedule

Week 1. Creation: Väinämöinen, Ilmarinen, Forging the Sampo—Runos 1-3, 7, 10; 

Week 2. The Journey: Lemminkainen Seeks a Wife: Runos 11-15; 

Week 3. Hapless Kullervo: Runos 30-36; 

Week 4. The Sky is Falling: Stealing the Sampo: Runos 38-45 *Updated. 

Required edition: 

Kalevala compiled by Elias Lönnrot, translated by Eino Friberg (9780241403068) Penguin paperback will be available on 06/01/2021

Verlyn Flieger is Professor Emerita in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, where for 36 years she taught courses in Tolkien, Medieval Literature, and Comparative Mythology. She is the author of five critical books on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, Splintered Light, A Question of Time, Interrupted Music, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, and There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien. She edited the Extended edition of Tolkien's Smith of Wootton Major. With Carl Hostetter she edited Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth, and with Douglas A. Anderson she edited the Expanded Edition of Tolkien On Fairy-Stories. With Michael Drout and David Bratman she is a co-editor of the yearly journal Tolkien Studies. She has also published two fantasy novels, Pig Tale and The Inn at Corbies’ Caww, an Arthurian novella, Avilion, and the short stories "Green Hill Country" and "Igraine at Tintagel."

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

Kalevala: The Epic of the Finnish People Cover Image
By Elias Lonnrot (Compiled by), Elias Lonnrot (Editor), Eino Friberg (Translator)
ISBN: 9780241403068
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Group - June 1st, 2021

SKU: 9787000009042
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