The Hobbit: J.R.R. Tolkien's Mythic Sources | Newberry

The Hobbit: J.R.R. Tolkien's Mythic Sources

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, September 17 – November 19 (class will not meet September 24)

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Led by Karl E. H. Seigfried

Discover the roots of The Hobbit in Norse mythology, German legend, and English literature. Participants will read J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel in detail as they explore ancient poems and tales of wizards and wanderers, dwarves and dragons, heroes and hoards.

Award-winning Norse mythologist Karl E. H. Seigfried writes The Norse Mythology Blog, named the world’s Best Religion Weblog 2012–2014.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Any edition – assignments will be by chapter.
  • All other readings will be experted from texts availbale either from the Newberry Library Collections or as free online downloads from The Norse Mythology Online Library at

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification. For more information see the Registration Information page.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Nine sessions, $242.
Register Online.