Summer Reading Project: A Christian Reading of The Hobbit (Ages 11-13)

 

Beginning June 29, 2022 (9 Weeks)


Wednesdays 1-2:30PM

Price: $150 US

Course Description

While the author J.R.R. Tolkien is more commonly known for his fantasy masterpiece The Lord of the Rings, it was The Hobbit that made him famous. The Hobbit, the tale of a small (in more ways than one) country gentleman named Bilbo Baggins who is plucked off his comfortable  armchair and thrust into a fantastical adventure full of goblins, elves, and dragons, has delighted children and adults alike for over eighty years.

What many fail to realize (especially today), is that Tolkien wrote from a Christian perspective, filling his writings with Christian ideas. All good art points to universal Truth, the greatest Truth being our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is with knowledge that we will joyfully and earnestly study The Hobbit!

In this class, we will read The Hobbit, enjoying the wit and beautiful writing, but also studying the themes contained within: potential, courage, sacrifice, fellowship, greed, balance, and divine intervention. We will hold up the events and characters in the book to passages from Scripture and the Holy Fathers and see just how this beloved 20th Century fairy tale glorifies God.

Learning Objectives

In this course, students will:

  • Read The Hobbit in its entirety.
  • Discuss the characters, events, and themes
  • Connect themes in The Hobbit to themes found in the Scriptures, lives of saints, and the holy fathers.

Textbooks and Other Resources

If the household does not have a copy of The Hobbit, you can purchase one here: https://www.amazon.com/Hobbit-J-R-R-Tolkien/dp/0345339681 If you can support a local bookstore by getting a copy from there, even better!

The instructor will provide any additional reading material.

Anticipated Assignments and Exercises

The students will read two or three chapters per week independently and complete a worksheet.

Instructor: Vasilios Asimakos

Vasilios Asimakos was born the son of Greek immigrants in Lowell, Massachusetts, where he developed a deep love of reading and writing from an early age. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2009 with degrees in English and Theatre. After spending a few years as a professional actor in Boston and Los Angeles, he discovered his true passion was Classical Christian Education. Along with teaching at the Initiative, he teaches 12th Grade Rhetoric and 6th Grade Literature and Composition at a Classical Christian School in Greenville, South Carolina. He, his wife Seraphima, and his daughter Maria attend the Orthodox Church of St. Philaret of New York in Anderson, South Carolina.