LAN1900: Christian Authors: Tolkien and Lewis

05/01/2024 to 05/30/2025 • Modified 04/23/2024

Course Description

This semester-long course provides an in-depth study of the major works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The course will address the historical, religious, cultural, and literary influences upon these authors. Students will evaluate the influence of the two authors upon each other’s writings. Throughout the course, traditional and modern fantasy genres are compared and contrasted. Students will creatively reflect on the impact that Tolkien and Lewis had on fantasy literature in addition to defending the use of a secular genre for a sacred purpose.


English 9


Module 1: Introduction to Tolkien & Lewis

  • Week 1: Greatness in the Making
  • Week 2: Tolkien
  • Week 3: Lewis
  • Week 4: Fantasy Literature

Module 2: The Hobbit

  • Week 5: Introduction and Chapters 1-4
  • Week 6: The Hobbit Chapters 5-9
  • Week 7: The Hobbit Chapters 10-14
  • Week 8: The Hobbit Chapters 15-19

Module 3: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • Week 9: Introduction and Chapters 1-4
  • Week 10: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Chapters 5-9
  • Week 11: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Chapters 10-14
  • Week 12: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Chapters 15-17

Module 4: Defense of Fantasy

  • Week 13: Tolkien’s Defense of Fantasy
  • Week 14: Tolkien: Middle Earth Literature
  • Week 15: Lewis’s Defense of Fantasy
  • Week 16: Lewis: Narnia Literature

Module 5: A Lasting Impact

  • Week 17: Tolkien and Lewis: A Lasting Impact
  • Week 18: Summary of Learning Project

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