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Hobbitus Ille - J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" in Latin (Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading)

Thurs., 8pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

Course Description: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit has been translated into Latin. We will use Mark Walker’s translation (HarperCollins, 2012), comparing it to the original fantasy classic in English. The course offers Tolkien fans the opportunity to expand their Latin vocabulary and improve their knowledge of Latin grammar while reading a familiar favorite.


Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.

Textbook: Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (translated by Mark Walker), HarperCollins, 2012. (A copy of Tolkien's original English is also required for the sake of comparison.)

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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Robert Ziomkowski

Robert Ziomkowski has degrees in History from Siena College (B.A., 1991), Cornell University (M.A., 1994; Ph.D., 2000), and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (L.M.S., 2002). His research focuses on medieval Platonism and cosmology. His publications include a translation and study of a text by the eleventh-century thinker Manegold of Lautenbach, as well as a study guide for Western Civilization and articles in the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas and PLOS ONE (“Mathematical Philology”). He attended Fr. Reginald Foster’s summer Latin course in 1994 while doing manuscript research in the Vatican Library, and his fascination with human languages has merged with an interest in computer languages (JavaScript, Python) for the creation of computerized Latin exercises. His other interests include animation and video editing; with his students at Ithaca College, he produced a short film in Latin on Homer’s Odyssey entitled Ulixes.