Patrick Henry College
Campers prepare to battle some Orcs
Teen fiction enthusiasts from across the country spent a recent week at Patrick Henry College exploring the mystical oddities and delights of their Journey to Middle-Earth, as part of the College's summer Teen Leadership Camp series. While some campers were intimately familiar with the world of J.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, others found themselves immersed in that realm for the first time.
Nonetheless, by week's end, their Journey to Middle-Earth Literature Camp had been filled with medieval adventures, role-playing games and in-depth study of the literary treasures of Tolkien's fantastical world. In so doing, the teens undertook a whimsical exploration of Middle Earth weaponry, poetry, and Tolkienesque attire, as evidenced by the many robes, tunics, and wizard's walking sticks wielded by in-character campers. Led by PHC's own literature professor Dr. Steven Hake, chairman of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and director of the Literature Major at Patrick Henry College, campers also probed and discussed the deeper spiritual themes of sacrifice, redemption and courage that make J.R.R. Tolkien's work so powerful.
For a glimpse at the week of Middle-Earth adventure, see the gallery below.