Linguistics L210 CASE S&H
(#13629; three credits; no prerequisites of any kind)
Lord of the Rings
Sycamore Hall [SY], Room 105
2nd-4-Weeks course: June 04 (Mon.)- 29 (Fri.)
For more information, please contact the instructor, Dr. Richard Janda (Dept. of Linguistics), by e-mail email@example.com - or by phone: (812) 855-2702
[office], (812) 335-8943 [home], (812) 606-9170 [cell].
Linguistics L210, "Language(s) & LOTR"-
This course focuses on the ways in which J.R.R. Tolkien's
fascination with the nature and history of language(s) can be found on virtually every page of The Lord of the Rings, largely making it the work it is. As Tolkien stressed: "To me, a name comes first and the story follows". The course considers not only the invented languages used in the book, but also its relative avoidance of words not descended from Old English or other Germanic languages (like Old Norse). Tolkien's employment of sociolinguistic differences as a way to set apart the various ethnic groups and social classes also receives well-deserved attention. Becoming acquainted with one scholar's dedication to the study of real languages no longer spoken, and with his passion for inventing languages and cultures, thus leads to a greater understanding of the principles behind the structure and the functioning of all languages, both ancient and modern. But it also provides greater insight into how LOTR is put together, and into why
it has had such broad and lasting appeal.
Linguistics L210, "Language(s) & The Lord of the Rings"
imposes no prerequisites of any kind,
assumes no background in languages or linguistics,
and requires no previous familiarity with book- or movie
versions of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (often
abbreviated LOTR or LotR).