The Virtues of Fantasy


HobbitJ.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis created timeless works of fantasy and inspiration that draw upon classical concepts of virtue and vice, good and evil.  Join Dr. Louis Markos this spring for “On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis,” an exploration of important themes and lessons within “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Dr. Markos shares his thoughts on his upcoming course: 
During the class, we will explore many questions in an effort to understand the key themes of virtue and vice, human purpose and dignity, death and love in those novels. Students do not need to read the novels to understand and enjoy this course.

Some questions the class will discuss include:
Why in a modern, technological age are fairy stories important?

Hasn’t science made fantasy and magic obsolete?

Can adults really learn anything from reading fairy tales or fantasy novels?

Why is the archetype of the pilgrimage, or quest, such an enduring one?

In what sense are we all, like Frodo and Bilbo, pilgrims on the road?

Why did Tolkien and Lewis consider friendship to be one of the greatest virtues?

Join us as we answer these questions and deepen your journey to Middle Earth or Narnia starting Wednesday, February 26 at 7 p.m.

Keri Bas


Keri Bas, Online Communications Specialist

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