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How to Read J.R.R. Tolkien

How to Read J.R.R. Tolkien by Victoria Jeffrey

This video from Professor Micheal D. C. Drout, professor of English and Director for the Center for the Study of the Medieval at Wheaton College. An examination of how to read and understand Tolkien’s work. it’s fun, light-hearted and very informative, engaging for beginners and experienced Tolkien readers alike. And after watching this, go read Tolkien. I am getting ready to read The Children of Hurin.

Victoria Jeffrey

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Victoria attended Portland Community College and studied graphic design and has worked as a freelance graphic designer and content writer. She loves writing and making up fantasy stories and has loved doing this ever since she was a kid. She is an author and an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy and poetry. She also loves music, art, history, cooking, baking, fermenting stuff, comic book movies and nearly anything Tolkien related. Her biggest writing inspirations are Shakespeare, Frank Herbert and, of course, J.R.R. Tolkien.

About reuben

Steve, also known as “Rifflo”, is a University MBA Administrator in Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife, Lisa and two young daughters, Alexa and Ava. Steve has an extensive background in corporate sales. Steve also worked for ISAF: International Security Assistance Force and the Canadian Military as a recruiter in Human Resources for the operations in Bosnia and Afghanistan. When not immersed in Tolkien works,sci-fi, and film, you can find him training in Muay Thai, and Italian rapier.


  1. I love this lecture. Also, as a single work, Children of Hurin is actually my favorite Tolkien piece. Though depending on my mood, that claim changes to “The Hobbit.”

  2. Thanks Bandoras! I’m always hunting for good lectures about the Professor. This one was a real gem. 🙂

  3. Huge thanks Victoria for bringing this to me! I loved it and learned much 🙂