COOS BAY — This spring students can venture into Middle-earth as they read the "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings" and a few shorter works by J.R.R. Tolkien. English 262, taught by Mark Wilson, focuses on Tolkien as a 20th century author who explores the problems of evil, power and environmental destruction. The course is enriched by student presentations on the literature, music and art inspired by Tolkien. Discover how the ordinary virtues of Hobbits triumph over the extraordinary power of evil starting at noon-1:30 p.m. April 2. The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in Sitkum Hall, Room 8, on Southwestern’s Coos campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.