"Gandalf Visits Bilbo" by the Brothers Hildebrandt
9 Class Sessions
Sept 17 - Nov 19
(No class Sept 24)
Wed. 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Newberry Library
60 W Walton St
Chicago IL 60610

General Public: $266.20
Students/Seniors: $217.80
Library Members: $217.80

This course is open to the public. No previous study is necessary.

Dr. Seigfried's popular course on the mythological sources of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit returns to the Continuing Education Program of the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Discover the roots of The Hobbit in Norse mythology, German legend and English literature. Participants will read J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel in detail as they explore ancient poems and tales of wizards and wanderers, dwarves and dragons, heroes and hoards.

Chicago's beautiful and historic Newberry Library 
The only required text is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Any edition may be used, as assignments will be by chapter. All other readings will be from texts available as free eBooks from The Norse Mythology Online Library.

Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU) credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking renewal of their state certification. The Newberry Library is an approved provider of CPDU credit. Registered participants will receive 18 credits for this course. If you would like to take this class for CPDU credit, please inform Anna Dozor of the Department of Continuing Education by email ( or phone (312.255.3700) after you register.

Questions about the course? Contact Dr. Seigfried via the Contact tab at The Norse Mythology Blog.

Click here to register for this course via the Newberry Library Website.