The Lord of the Rings: An Exploration of the Films & Their Literary Influences
The Lord of the Rings is one of the most popular stories in the modern world. In this course, you will study the movie versions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous trilogy and learn about the process of converting literature into film. You will explore fantasy literature as a genre and critique the extended versions of the three Lord of the Rings films. You will also read some British Literature and learn about Tolkien’s scholarly work.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of creating a fictional world by summarizing the influence of life experiences on an author’s work, explaining the influence of past literature on future literature, and describing characters within a genre.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of creating a fictional language by analyzing the history of the English language and describing the development of fictional languages.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of medieval influences by summarizing the influence of tales and legends on modern literature, and relating tales and legends to modern literature.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of film adaptation by describing the cinematic background of the film, explaining the advantages of presenting a book as a film, and summarizing how the film affects the story.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of heroic culture by describing heroic culture in literature, explaining the epic hero concept, and summarizing character development.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of Old English poetry by explaining features of Old English poetry, and analyzing the connection between an Old English epic and contemporary work.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of fantasy literature by describing the genre of fantasy literature and summarizing the benefits of fantasy epics.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the hero’s journey by explaining the themes in specific genres, evaluating the film versus the movie, and evaluating the fate of characters.
Note: Students will need to have access to the Extended Editions of the following movies to complete this course. Typically movies can be accessed at local libraries for free.