Teaching literature with history is such a sensible way to introduce students to the times in which authors lived and the themes that influenced them. You might be surprised to find out how easy teaching history and literature with J.R.R. Tolkien can be, but it’s really a understandable when you look at his personal life as well as the effect he had on 20th century publishing.
The famous stories that Tolkien wrote are classics: The Lord of the Rings makes the top of the list of best-selling books of the 20th century. Even those who haven’t read his books know who he is. I highly recommend everyone read at least The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
But if you or your students have already read his famous books, and you want to find a way to include Tolkien in your study of literature or history (or both), this guide has some great suggestions for you.
Read my original post on this topic here (and get my free Tolkien copy work).