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#13064054 Feb 14, 2017 at 08:46 AM · Edited over 2 years ago
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Some great news, the Tolkien Professor will be visiting Laurelin and at a reasonable hour (not 3am in the morning like most of his lectures), all thanks to the Blue Mountains Regiment...

Lecture with The Professor

The Blue Mountains Regiment is happy to invite all free folks to a lecture with The Professor!

Date: Tuesday 21st February 2017
Time: 3 pm ((servertime)) / 8PM GMT
Location: New Scholar Hall, Bree

The renowned scholar known as The Professor ((Corey Olsen, The Tolkien Professor)) is coming to Middle-Earth ((Laurelin server))! The lecture will take place Tuesday 21st of Februar ((3 pm servertime)). The Professor will talk about the history of Middle-Earth ((it will regard the Lord of the Rings books)). Afterwards there will also be a field trip.

The significant of this visit is so great that the Bree Mayor has built a new exquisite scholar hall in central of Bree. The expensive huge hall has space enough for the large audience that is expected to come from afar to listen to the famous scholar.

Seize the opportunity to gain more knowledge!

OOC details:

((All races welcome Lecture
New scholar hall, Central Bree
Tuesday 21st of February
3 pm servertime (8 pm UK time)))

Contact: Alhvar
"I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass."
#13064069 Feb 14, 2017 at 08:50 AM
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Here's some info about the course he is running (note the lectures usually take place in LOTRO at 9.30pm EST)

"Exploring The Lord of the Rings"
Tuesday evenings at 9:30 pm Eastern Time

Starting in January 2017, Dr. Corey Olsen – the Tolkien Professor himself – is starting a free, weekly seminar exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings.

The new seminar, “Exploring The Lord of the Rings,” is the conceptual heir to Dr. Olsen’s book Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, in which he walks through the development of The Hobbit and examines themes from the story chapter by chapter. In “Exploring The Lord of the Rings,” Dr. Olsen will take a similar approach to Tolkien’s trilogy, using an interactive online format.

This a great opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted an opportunity to dig deeper into The Lord of the Rings. Sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings at 9:30 pm Eastern Time* starting January 3, 2017.

Exploring Tolkien’s World, in Middle-earth

The opportunity to closely study The Lord of the Rings is exciting by itself. Add to this that the classes are actually located in the Middle-earth of The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). The developers at Standing Stone Games have created a brand new Lore Hall in Bree, built specifically with these new sessions in mind.

Dr. Olsen will conduct his sessions as Narnion the Gondorian Loremaster. and each weekly session will be in two parts:
◦A close reading and discussion of the portion of the trilogy being covered in that session; and
◦A “field trip” to one or more sites in LOTRO that relate to the subject matter.

During the field trip Dr. Olsen will discuss how Standing Stone has adapted Tolkien’s work.


Those who play LOTRO will be able to join Narnion live within the game and take part in the discussion via the SignumU Lore Hall Discord channel. In order to include all players who are interested in the course and in the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, Dr. Olsen will rotate from server to server each week.

A discussion board dedicated to this seminar is available for participant interaction. It also includes the schedule of server locations as they become available.


While Dr. Olsen will be using LOTRO as the discussion space, “Exploring The Lord of the Rings” is designed to be accessible to anyone who wants to participate. Attendees will be able to listen and interact with Dr. Olsen just as they do during Mythgard Academy seminars, with one difference: Live sessions will be streamed using the Signum University Twitch channel. Like Mythgard Academy seminars, session recordings will be available on YouTube and iTunes U shortly after each class.

Explore With Us!

We are excited about this new and innovative way to explore J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. There is so much to see and talk about, and we look forward to sharing the adventure with you!

"I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass."
#13064072 Feb 14, 2017 at 08:51 AM
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Informative interview about the course with the Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen over at MassivelyOP -


This course will be running for some time, perhaps a few years at the pace it is going.
"I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass."
#13082222 Feb 22, 2017 at 02:50 AM
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Thanks for posting this, I was free last night so I could attend and it was really fun! - and informative of course :)

It's an interesting format. For me the Coursera way is maybe more fitting, since it is not tied to a specific timeframe, but this online interactive version has its very good advantages as well. Watched a few lectures on Youtube before, but never was able to attend because it is usually around 2-3am local time. I'm just glad this time I could participate in person :)
#13101171 Mar 02, 2017 at 09:09 AM
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Pity I could not come :-(

Good news is that the graphic card was delivered yesterday. I should be back online from next week on.
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