This program is for those who want an in-depth presentation of the relation of fairy tales to the Ancient Wisdom tradition. Dr. John Algeo gives a brilliant presentation of the hidden symbols, myths, and transcendent metaphors contained in many popular fairy tales. Careful attention is given to each of the following works: L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Louis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the beginning section of The Silmarilion. These popular literary works are depicted as modern fairy tales, each containing a rich layer of symbolism that is sure to fascinate the student of the Ancient Wisdom tradition. The final segment of the program gives a summary of fairy tales in general and how they readily lend themselves to esoteric interpretation. This program is taken from a live classroom situation and includes some dialogue between the instructor and class participants. Contains 10 CDs. 1984. 525 minutes.