How to Read Tolkien and Why

In this lecture, the Tolkien Professor discusses Tolkien’s own thoughts about how stories should be read and why they are important. Corey Olsen points out some of the errors that people tend to make when they first approach Tolkien’s stories, and he explains some of the terms that Tolkien uses when he discusses the nature of story-telling. Understanding these concepts is very helpful as you read Tolkien’s work, and Olsen refers back to these ideas throughout his lecture series.

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