This course will examine some of the most prominent 20th centry writers of fantasy showing the mythological and archetypal themes found in modern fantasy writing. The first part of the course will deal with background in western myth and history of fantasy writing. Several of the "Inklings", a group from Oxford including C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein will be discussed. More recent writers such as Katherine Kurtz and Madeleine L'Engle among others will be presented. J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter series will be presented as a continuation of the "Inklings" school of literature. Much of the rest of the course will be an examiniation of the JRR Tolkien's great trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. This will include aspects from which Tolkien drew his ideas including Norse, Celtic, Arthurian and Sumerian mythology.