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In this Nov. 27, 2012 photo Marquette University professor Tim Machan teaches a class on J.R.R. Tolkien that focuses on all of his books, books that influenced Tolkien and other tidbits about the writer. In this Nov. 27, 2012 photo Marquette University professor Tim Machan teaches a class on J.R.R. Tolkien that focuses on all of his books, books that influenced Tolkien and other tidbits about the writer.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — More than 30 students at Marquette University can now boast authority on J.R.R. Tolkien.

The school offered the course on the fantasy writer for the first time this fall as part of the university's celebration of the 75th anniversary of "The Hobbit" being published. And it wrapped up just before "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" film was released Friday.

The class filled up fast, mostly with seniors who had priority. It looked at Tolkien as a whole, not just at the popular "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit."

English professor Tim Machan says the class has been the best in his 27 years at Marquette for student preparation and enthusiasm.

The class was so well-received the school, which has many of Tolkien's drafts and manuscripts, is considering more.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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