Collins Living Learning Center | Speak Friend and Enter
L220 | 22245 | Richard Janda


This course focuses on the ways in which the philological (linguistic and
textual) interests of J. R. R. Tolkien are virtually omnipresent in The Lord of
the Rings and largely make that work what it is.  The course considers not
only the several invented languages used in the book, but also its relative
avoidance of words not descended from Old English or other Germanic
languages.  Additionally, Tolkien's exploitation of fine sociolinguistic
distinctions (between social classes and ethnic groups) receives well-
deserved study.  Becoming acquainted with one man's indulgence for
inventing languages, and with his passion for studying real language no
longer spoken, can lead to a greater understanding of the principles which
underlie the structure and functioning of all languages, ancient as well as
modern.