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The Tolkien Professor

A few weeks ago my brother tweeted something about some Lord of the Rings lectures online. I hit the link, naturally, and discovered Dr. Corey Olsen, The Tolkien Professor (@tolkienprof on twitter). I downloaded and listened to his lectures on The Hobbit and was hooked after only a few minutes. He knows his stuff, and obviously loves and understands Tolkien, and puts things so clearly. His lectures are a joy. I wish Dad could have heard them.

Henry and I are both enrolled in his new course on Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales, which neither of us has read before.

Dr. Olsen’s lectures are downloadable from several different places. They’re all on iTunes U, but the iTunes interface ranges from annoying to difficult, so I thought I’d put EZ links to all of his Tolkien lectures here:

The Hobbit

Lord of The Rings I: The Fellowship of the Ring
(Yeah, that’s an iTunes link. Sorry. The Fellowship lectures don’t seem to be posted anywhere else.)

Lord of The Rings II: The Two Towers

Lord of the Rings III: The Return of the King

Undergraduate Tolkien Survey

Silmarillion Seminar

Unfinished Tales

If you’re willing to fight with iTunes, type “corey olsen” into the iTunes store search box. Scroll down until you see this:


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2 Responses to “The Tolkien Professor”

  1. Kathy Allen

    I was going to ask if you knew about him! I think his lectures are great. He is knowledgable and funny, and I may take the plunge and see if I can finally stagger through the Silmarillion after all these years. It just never quite did it for me, but we’ll see. BTW, my dh and I love listening to you read. I can’t knit except on an Nifty knitter, but maybe weaving counts.

  2. kara

    Isn’t he great, Kathy? Sweet guy too — he tweeted me to say I’m his favorite LibriVox reader! I just about fainted :)

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