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Discussions on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and adaptations


413: Session 5-03: Pre-production - Season Outline
May 1 • 84 min
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412: Session 5-02: Pre-production - Theme and Pacing
Apr 27 • 134 min
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411: Session 5-01: Pre-production - Scope of the Season
Apr 27 • 148 min
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410: Podcast Feed Changes
Mar 17 • 1 min
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409: Session 4-32: Post Production - Music
Feb 14 • 180 min
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408: Session 4-31: Post Season - Sets and Locations
Jan 29 • 105 min
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407: Session 4-30: Post Production Final Script Review - Part 6
Jan 29 • 137 min
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406: Session 4-29: Post Production Script Review - Part 5
Jan 29 • 122 min
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405: SilmFilm 4-28: Post Production Script Review - Part 4
Nov 14, 2019 • 181 min
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404: SilmFilm 4-27: Post Production Script Review - Part 3
Nov 7, 2019 • 110 min
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403: SilmFilm 4-26: Post Production Script Review - Part 2
Oct 17, 2019 • 127 min
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Episode 402: Hobbit Day Reading 2019
Oct 14, 2019 • 106 min
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Episode 401: State of the University Address - Fall 2019
Oct 14, 2019 • 117 min
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400: SilmFilm 4-25: Post Production Script Review - Part 1
Oct 3, 2019 • 142 min
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399: SilmFilm 4-24: Episodes 12 & 13
Sep 19, 2019 • 129 min
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398: SilmFilm 4-23: Episodes 11 & 12
Sep 12, 2019 • 117 min
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397: SilmFilm 4-22: Creative Content - Dragons
Aug 22, 2019 • 117 min
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396: SilmFilm 4-21: Episodes 10 & 11
Aug 16, 2019 • 107 min
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395: SilmFilm 4-20: Episodes 9 & 10
Aug 10, 2019 • 110 min
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394: SilmFilm 4-19: Creative Content - Casting
Jul 13, 2019 • 101 min
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393: SilmFilm 4-18: Episodes 7 & 8
Jun 23, 2019 • 139 min
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392: SilmFilm 4-17: Creative Content
Jun 9, 2019 • 129 min
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391: SilmFilm 4-16: Episodes 5 & 6
Jun 2, 2019 • 144 min
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Episode 390: Tolkien Biopic Discussion
May 23, 2019 • 66 min
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389: SilmFilm 4-15: Creative Content
May 21, 2019 • 143 min
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388: SilmFilm 4-14: Episodes 3 & 4
May 15, 2019 • 148 min
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387: SilmFilm 4-13: Creative Content
Apr 23, 2019 • 144 min
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386: SilmFilm 4-12: Episode 1 - Dragons
Apr 14, 2019 • 152 min
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385: SilmFilm 4-11: Season Outline
Apr 3, 2019 • 161 min
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Episode 384: State of the University Address
Mar 29, 2019 • 69 min
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Episode 383: Amazon Lord of the Rings Maps Discussion
Mar 22, 2019 • 86 min
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Episode 382: Tolkien Trailer 2 Discussion
Mar 22, 2019 • 55 min
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381: SilmFilm 4-10: Overarching Storylines - Dragons Healers, and the Role of Lúthien
Mar 22, 2019 • 170 min
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380: SilmFilm 4-09: Overarching Storylines - The Fall of Man, Dragons, and Lúthien
Mar 22, 2019 • 146 min
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Episode 379: Tolkien Trailer 1 Discussion
Feb 27, 2019 • 53 min
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378: SilmFilm 4-08: Overarching Storylines - Villains
Feb 25, 2019 • 141 min
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377: SilmFilm 4-07: Overarching Storylines - Dark Characters
Feb 10, 2019 • 140 min
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375: SilmFilm 4-05: Celeborn and Galadriel
Jan 25, 2019 • 131 min
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376: SilmFilm 4-06: Dwarves and Eöl
Jan 25, 2019 • 150 min
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374: SilmFilm 4-04: Overarching Storylines
Dec 12, 2018 • 164 min
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373: SilmFilm 4-03: Frame Narrative
Dec 9, 2018 • 127 min
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372: SilmFilm Special Session: LA Moot
Nov 10, 2018 • 57 min
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371: SilmFilm 4-02: Season Overview
Nov 6, 2018 • 158 min
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370: SilmFilm 4-01: Determining the Scope
Oct 23, 2018 • 160 min
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369: SilmFilm 3-26: Creative Contributions - Music, Sets and Locations
Aug 12, 2018 • 179 min
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368: SilmFilm 3-25: Season 3 Casting
Jul 26, 2018 • 138 min
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367: SilmFilm 3-24: Creative Contributions - Art, Costumes, Sets and Locations
Jul 1, 2018 • 154 min
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366: SilmFilm 3-23: Creative Contributions - Sets and Locations
Jun 11, 2018 • 160 min
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365: SilmFilm 3-22: Script Outline Review, Part 4
Jun 11, 2018 • 151 min
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364: SilmFilm 3-21: Script Outline Review, Part 3
May 28, 2018 • 149 min
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363: SilmFilm 3-20: Script Outline Review, Part 2
May 15, 2018 • 165 min
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362: SilmFilm 3-19: Script Outline Review, Part 1
May 4, 2018 • 142 min
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359: SilmFilm 3-16: Episode 11 - The Last Light of the Trees
Apr 20, 2018 • 158 min
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361: SilmFilm 3-18: Episode 13 (Finale) - Sunlight
Apr 20, 2018 • 159 min
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360: SilmFilm 3-17: Episode 12 - Parley
Apr 20, 2018 • 152 min
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Episode 358: State of the University Address: Certification Update
Apr 6, 2018 • 83 min
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357: SilmFilm 3-15: Episode 10 - Battle under Stars
Feb 16, 2018 • 161 min
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356: SilmFilm 3-14: Episode 9 - Battle in Beleriand
Feb 9, 2018 • 156 min
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355: SilmFilm 3-13: Episode 8 - The Burning of The Ships
Jan 15, 2018 • 153 min
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354: SilmFilm 3-12: Episode 7 - The Doom of Mandos
Dec 20, 2017 • 159 min
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353: SilmFilm 3-11: Episode 6 - The Green Elves
Dec 12, 2017 • 149 min
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352: SilmFilm 3-10: Episode 5 - Menegroth
Nov 23, 2017 • 146 min
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351: SilmFilm 3-09: Episode 4 - Khazâd ai-mênu!
Nov 8, 2017 • 150 min
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Episode 350: Wigand Webathon Special 2017
Nov 7, 2017 • 151 min
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Episode 349: All About Exploring Lord of the Rings
Nov 7, 2017 • 22 min
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Episode 348: All About the Signum Academy
Nov 7, 2017 • 32 min
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347: The Silmarillion Project Webathon Special 2017
Nov 7, 2017 • 38 min
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Episode 346: 2017 State of the University Address
Nov 6, 2017 • 82 min
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345: SilmFilm 3-08: Episode 4 – Kazhâd a mênu!
Nov 2, 2017 • 151 min
<p>In Episode 4, we will focus on the dwarves, though there will be some non-dwarf stuff happening as well, including checkins with Eöl, Thingol, Sauron and Shelob.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
344: SilmFilm 3-07: Episode 3 (cont’d) – Meanwhile, (still) in Beleriand…
Oct 31, 2017 • 126 min
<p>There is a lot to be worked out, and after some discussion, a new proposed outline for the season emerges. In Episode 3, we will now see orcs starting to appear in Belerian, while the Noldor feel the need for ships and the Kinslaying ultimately…
Episode 343: 2017 Signum Webathon: The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Oct 30, 2017 • 100 min
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342: SilmFilm 3-06: Episode 3 – Meanwhile, in Beleriand…
Sep 25, 2017 • 130 min
<p>The beginning of the episode will pick up where we left off with the aftermath of the Kinslaying, before moving on across the ocean to Beleriand.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
341: SilmFilm 3-05: Episode 2 – The Kinslaying
Sep 25, 2017 • 160 min
<p>In the second episode of the season, we need to reconcile how the Kinslaying and the crisis at the harbor will work with the characterization of Olwë, who is part of Ulmo’s grand plan to reunite Valinor and Beleriand through the use of ships.</p>…
Episode 340: Signum Fundraising Campaign Launch Event 2017
Sep 22, 2017 • 20 min
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339: SilmFilm 3-04: Episode 1 – The Rebellion of the Noldor
Sep 1, 2017 • 143 min
<p>For the first episode of Season 3, we are going to focus on the rebellion of the Noldor, including the debate in the torch-lit square of Tirion that culminates in the Oath of Fëanor.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
338: SilmFilm 3-03: Creative Challenges
Sep 1, 2017 • 146 min
<p>As we get closer to discussing the Season 3 episode structure, we need to discuss some of the creative challenges we will face over the upcoming season and answer questions like: Why do the elves decide to live in a cave? Is ice the only dangerous…
337: SilmFilm 3-02: The Season Frame Narrative
Sep 1, 2017 • 147 min
<p>Digging deeper into Season 3, we discuss the frame narrative that will surround the primary plot and story arc of the season.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
336: SilmFilm 3-01: The Season Story Arc
Jul 20, 2017 • 163 min
<p>We begin the third season with the rebellion of the Noldor – but where should we end it? We discuss possible endings and arcs for the new season.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
335: SilmFilm 2-24: Music – Scores, Soundtracks and Character Themes
Jun 14, 2017 • 139 min
<p>Listener and resident composer Philip Menzies joins the SilmFilm team again to talk about music for Season 2. Also, Tolkien artist Ted Nasmith joins the discussion to discuss subcreation and artistic adaptation of The Silmarillion.</p> Support The…
334: SilmFilm 2-23: Creative Input from the Listeners
Apr 17, 2017 • 153 min
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333: SilmFilm 2-22: Season 2 Casting
Mar 27, 2017 • 119 min
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332: SilmFilm 2-21: Script Outlines (Episodes 9 – 13)
Mar 13, 2017 • 148 min
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331: SilmFilm 2-20: Script Outlines (Episodes 5 – 8)
Feb 18, 2017 • 143 min
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330: SilmFilm 2-19: Script Outlines (Episodes 1 – 4)
Feb 14, 2017 • 146 min
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329: SilmFilm 2-18: The Killing of the Trees, Frame and Bad Guy Subplots
Jan 17, 2017 • 150 min
<p>Now that we’ve worked through the details of each episode, we will solidify the season-long arcs, the frame narrative, and the subplots of our major villains.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
328: SilmFilm 2-17: Episode 13 – The Season Finale
Jan 11, 2017 • 116 min
<p>In which we discuss the major themes of the show: the tragedy of loss and tragic falls of the main characters we have been developing throughout the last two seasons.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
327: SilmFilm 2-16: Episode 12
Dec 18, 2016 • 123 min
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326: SilmFilm 2-15: Episode 11 – Saga of Feänor at Formenos
Dec 5, 2016 • 118 min
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325: SilmFilm 2-14: Episode 10 – The Kinstrife
Dec 5, 2016 • 119 min
<p>In Episode 10 of the season, we bring Fingolfin and Fëanor into conflict – finally revealing Fëanor for the jerk he really is.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
324: SilmFilm: BONUS! SilmFilm Special: The Season 2 Frame
Nov 19, 2016 • 139 min
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323: SilmFilm 2-13: Episode 9 – Finally! The Flippin’ Silmarils!
Nov 12, 2016 • 157 min
<p>After a season and a half, we’re finally ready to introduce the things at the center of the story: the Silmarils! Plus, we get ready for the next episode, where the central conflict of the season will come to a head.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
322: SilmFilm 2-12: Episode 8 – Everybody Loves Fingolfin
Nov 6, 2016 • 145 min
<p>By the eighth episode of the season, we are getting ready for a bit of a twist as we prepare for the trial of Melkor and shift towards the real conflict of the season.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
320: SilmFilm 2-10: Episode 6 – Finwë has a lot of reproductive work to do
Oct 13, 2016 • 140 min
<p>In the sixth episode of Season 2, we work out the details of Fëanor’s birth and the death of his mother Miriel, establishing parallels between the two and laying the foundation’s for Fëanor’s doom.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
321: SilmFilm 2-11: Episode 7 – Spirit of Fire (aka The Silmarillion needs more Rap Battles)
Oct 13, 2016 • 129 min
<p>This episode focuses on the Noontide of Valinor, and in particular on the growth in Fëanor’s skill as a master smith, with lots of foreshadowing of him smithing with the red glow of forge-fire on his face.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
319: SilmFilm 2-09: Episode 5 – The Enemies and The Surfer Elves
Sep 12, 2016 • 139 min
<p>In this session, we revisit the Thingol and Melian story, take a hard look at Sauron’s posse, and map out the structure of Season 2, Episode 5, which focuses on the arrival of the Noldor and Vanyar.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
318: SilmFilm 2-08: Episode 4 – The Avari (The Unwilling)
Aug 30, 2016 • 127 min
<p>In the fourth episode of Season 2, we show the developing power struggle between Gothmog and Mairon, and the return of Lenwë to the Avari.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
317: SilmFilm 2-07: Episode 3 - DeGreat DeBate
Aug 19, 2016 • 127 min
<p>Episode 3 of Season 2 will focus on the debate amongst the elves about whether to remain in Middle-earth or head over to Valinor.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
316: SilmFilm 2-06: Episode 2 – “Don’t Get in the Van, Elwë!”
Aug 4, 2016 • 131 min
<p>In the second episode of Season 2, the Elvish ambassadors take a trip to Valinor.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
315: SilmFilm 2-05: Episode 1 – Crisis in Cuivienen
Jul 25, 2016 • 121 min
<p>Discussion and outline of the first episode of Season 2, starting with Arwen’s frame story, which leads into the story of the awakening of the elves on the shores of Cuivienen.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
314: SilmFilm 2-04: Linguistics, etc.
Jul 11, 2016 • 135 min
<p>Discussion about the linguistics of the Silmarillion, the continuing the Big Picture stuff for Season 2, and the sundering of races, as well as material culture and other markers.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
313: SilmFilm 2-03: The Elves
Jun 27, 2016 • 113 min
<p>Today is the day we talk about the Elves – how they came to be and their divisions.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
312: SilmFilm 2-02: Episode Calendar
Jun 10, 2016 • 131 min
<p>Deciding on general outline for season 2 – not in detail, as we will map out episode-by-episode plots later.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
311: SilmFilm 2-01: Brainstorming
May 25, 2016 • 123 min
<p>Discussing the big-picture overview of the season, starting with the the awakening of the Elves at Cuivienen (from their point of view) and ending with the Darkening of Valinor.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
SilmFilm 1-20: Script Outlines
May 12, 2016 • 125 min
<p>We bring on some additional panelists this week to discuss script outlines and fill in the holes left in our episodic discussions. Guest panelists include Karita Alexander, Brian Fattorini, Nick Palazzo, and Marie Prosser.</p> Support The Tolkien…
SilmFilm 1-19: Music
Apr 27, 2016 • 123 min
<p>Joining us for a discussion of the musical score is John DiBartolo of the Lonely Mountain Band. We also will listen to clips of proposed character themes from composer Philip Menzies.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
SilmFilm 1-18: Casting Poll Results and Costuming
Apr 16, 2016 • 149 min
<p>We review the results of our casting poll from Session 16 and discuss what we’d like to see our newly cast … uh, cast … wear.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
SilmFilm 1-17: Envisioning Arda - Sets/Locations
Apr 3, 2016 • 128 min
<p>Following up on our casting conversation, this time we’re talking about how we want things to look. What type of forests should fill Valinor? What architecture styles should we use for the Valar (and the elves who copy them)? What other visual…
SilmFilm 1-16: Casting
Mar 13, 2016 • 133 min
<p>Now that we’ve mapped out the characters, plot and action of the 13-episode first season, we get to decide who we’d like to see play the parts! This casting call includes a discussion forum component, so be sure to join in the fun!</p> Support The…
SilmFilm 1-15: Episode 13 - The War to Begin All Wars
Mar 7, 2016 • 133 min
<p>In the 2-hour season finale, the culmination of the strife amongst the Valar comes to a head with three councils, two summonings, and an epic battle that will establish the Platonic ideal for all future battles.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
SilmFilm 1-14: Episode 12 - Can’t Kick the Orc Can Anymore
Feb 18, 2016 • 125 min
<p>We’ve gone too long without discussing the Mûmakil in the room: those darn orcs. In this session, we stop kicking that tin ration packaging down the road and deal with the inevitable.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
SilmFilm 1-13: Episode 11 - Aulë and the Dwarves
Feb 4, 2016 • 126 min
<p>In this episode, we explore why Aulë does what he does, showing parallels with Melkor and planting the seeds of impatience for the Coming of the Children of Iluvatar amongst the Valar.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 302: The Last (Really!) RITD Episode — BotFA EE Review
Jan 24, 2016 • 129 min
In the final episode of Riddles in the Dark (really), Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert go over the extended edition of the final film in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. Emotions run high as they consider the tying…
SilmFilm 1-12: Episode 10 - Fall of the House of Ainur (Part the Second)
Jan 18, 2016 • 122 min
<p>Subtitle: If you have a Balrog, you don’t need a cat. In which we start to link together all of the subplots and develop the first multi-episode story arc.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
300: SilmFilm 1-11: Episode 9 - The Fall of the House of Ainur (sort of), Part the First
Jan 12, 2016 • 114 min
<p>In Episode 9, we begin to look at the downfall of various Ainur, setting the stage for the three rebellions that happen over the rest of the season: Aulë’s rebellion, Mairon’s (Sauron’s) rebellion, and Ossë’s rebellion.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
299: SilmFilm 1-10: Episode 8 - The Two Trees (Aftermath)
Jan 9, 2016 • 104 min
<p>In the eighth episode of Season 1, we focus on the Two Trees, showing how they help to beautify Valinor – and instill jealousy and devious plans in Melkor.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
298: SilmFilm 1-09: Episode 7 - Finally, Something For The Fëanturi To Do!
Jan 5, 2016 • 122 min
<p>In today’s session, we come up with a new tagline for the SilmFilm Project: “It’s better than Jackson could have come up with.” Also, we talk about the establishment of Valinor and provide a view of the Valar settling into their new homes.</p> Support…
297: SilmFilm: Fantasy Casting for the Silmarillion Film Project
Dec 26, 2015 • 123 min
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296: SilmFilm 1-08: Episode 6 - Murder of the Lamps
Dec 5, 2015 • 114 min
<p>After wrapping up some loose ends from the previous session, we shape episode 6 into something of a “whodunit” murder mystery, with the victims being the Lamps of the Valar.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
295: SilmFilm 1-07: Episode 5 - Creating the Lamps, Distressing the Damsel
Dec 5, 2015 • 125 min
<p>In Episode 5, we discuss the decision to create the lamps and the introduction of Tulkas</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
294: SilmFilm 1-06: Episode 4 - Yay Melkor!!
Dec 5, 2015 • 125 min
<p>In the fourth episode of Season 1, we determine how Melkor meets the other Valar and focus on the end of the Ainulindalë and Iluvatar’s conversation with Ulmo.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
293: SilmFilm 1-05: Episode 3 - He Who Shall Not Be Named Morgoth
Oct 19, 2015 • 118 min
<p>We continue to discuss central themes of the season, in particular focusing on Melkor – including what the heck to call him (as well as others who experience name changes in The Silmarillion, like Sauron).</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
292: SilmFilm 1-04: Episode 2 - From Chaos to Harmony
Oct 19, 2015 • 110 min
<p>Today we are figuring out the content of the frame story and the Silmarillion story for episode 2 and how to tie it all together.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
291: SilmFilm 1-03: Episode 1 (Pilot) - The Ainulindalë
Oct 2, 2015 • 108 min
<p>It’s time to discuss the Music of the Ainur, one of the most thought-provoking and beautiful stories Tolkien wrote. This is a central core concept that, while it’s detached from the “main” story of The Silmarillion, it’s always there in the…
290: SilmFilm 1-02: Narrative Overview
Sep 2, 2015 • 119 min
<p>We continue our discussion about the overall narrative of Season 1, as well as focus on the elements of the frame story that will encompass the show.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
289: SilmFilm 1-01: Plot Overview
Aug 26, 2015 • 114 min
<p>We will begin by discussing the overall plot of the first season and the major events that we want to occur during the season, including the Music of the Ainur, creation of Arda, the making of the Two Lamps, and the arrival of the Valar.</p> Support…
Episode 288: Tolkien Chat: Makin’ Movies in Middle-earth
Aug 12, 2015 • 43 min
Adaptation has been a topic that has intrigued many Mythgardians, including Signum University President Corey Olsen (also known as The Tolkien Professor). From music and art to film to The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) video game, the inspiration that…
287: SilmFilm 0-04: Plot Mapping
Jul 24, 2015 • 110 min
<p>In the final episode in this season, we will attempt to lay out a map for the whole show, season by season.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
286: SilmFilm 0-03: Storytelling
Jul 13, 2015 • 105 min
<p>We will continue tackling big issues, including chronology, language style and use of narration.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
285: SilmFilm 0-02: Big Decisions
Jun 20, 2015 • 114 min
<p>We will discuss some of the critical issues that will lay the foundation of the adaptation, including character depiction, music and magic.</p> Support The Tolkien Professor
284: SilmFilm 0-01: Introducing the Silmarillion Film Project
Jun 9, 2015 • 118 min
<p>We will explain what we are doing and what we are not doing in this project. We will explain the general framework of our episodes and give a high level overview of what we will cover in Season 0. We will conclude the episode (as we will conclude all…
Episode 283: Mythgard Monday at Ales and Tales-Frodo and Sauron: What Were They Thinking?
Apr 18, 2015 • 72 min
In the Lord of the Rings Online, Mythgard gathers at Ales and Tales to celebrate Gondorian New Year and the 7th Anniversary of the Lonely Mountain Band kinship. Corey's talk is on Frodo and Sauron at the Cracks of Doom: What Were They Thinking?Support The…
Episode 282: Riddles in the Dark, The Ultimate Episode (Really!)
Apr 3, 2015 • 129 min
In the final episode of a long journey there and back again, Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert wind up the riddle run-through for Year 3. It's all over but the score tabulation, and we say farewell to Riddles in the…
Episode 281: Riddles in the Dark, The Penultimate Episode
Feb 15, 2015 • 97 min
The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Trish Lambert and Dave Kale discuss three of the six "leftover" riddles that needed more discussion. Final decision by listener vote.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 280: Riddles in the Dark, The Beginning of the End
Feb 3, 2015 • 106 min
The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Trish Lambert and Dave Kale conduct a lightning round of the Year Three riddles and conundra to arrive at final answers. Those that stumped the group will be discussed in more detail in the next…
Episode 279: The Riddles in the Dark Team Debriefs The Battle of the Five Armies
Dec 25, 2014 • 188 min
The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Trish Lambert and Dave Kale share their thoughts about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 278: The Tolkien Professor Debriefs The Battle of the Five Armies
Dec 25, 2014 • 122 min
The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen offers his own reactions, observations and insights about the third installment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit in this well-attended and highly interactive debrief.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 277: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 7
Dec 23, 2014 • 172 min
In the second ending to the Riddles in the Dark series, The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert wrap up their speculations about the third Hobbit movieSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 276: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 6
Dec 21, 2014 • 129 min
The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert go over more of the information that has been released prior to the launch of the third Hobbit movieSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 275: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, DOS Extended Edition Analysis
Nov 30, 2014 • 157 min
The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert considered the extra footage included in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition. This was broadcast as the final segment in the Mythgard annual fund raising webathon in…
Episode 274: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 5
Nov 27, 2014 • 164 min
The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert are happy to finally be able to dig into material being released for the third Hobbit filmSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 273: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 4
Nov 6, 2014 • 130 min
Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Trish Lambert and Dave Kale are relieved to finally have material to consider for the third Hobbit movie.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 272: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 3: It’s LEGO Time!
Oct 21, 2014 • 152 min
Just in time to save us from an episode of wandering speculations in the void created by Warner Brothers and Peter Jackson, the LEGO sets for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies have been released. A video version of this episode is available at…
Episode 271: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 2: Not a Banner Episode
Oct 5, 2014 • 143 min
Co-hosts and live listeners found it hard to like the promotional banner for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Fortunately, there are some good tangential conversations.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 270: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 1: On with the Analysis
Sep 20, 2014 • 95 min
The analysis phase kicks off by pondering the trailer for the extended edition of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, among other thingsSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 269: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.16: The Riddle Roundup, Time to Vote!
Sep 5, 2014 • 108 min
The whole Riddles in the Dark gang races through all 15 riddles and conundra while Corey casts his votes for all to see. Submit your answers by midnight Eastern Time, Sunday September 21st, at http://www.mythgard.org/?p=7143Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 268: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.15: The Journey Home
Aug 23, 2014 • 129 min
We wrap up the riddle game with the key question: Will there be a Bag End auction? Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 267: Mythgard at Mythcon 2014
Aug 18, 2014 • 64 min
Corey talks to Mythgard students who joined him at Mythcon 45 in August of 2014, as well as an impressive list of drop-by guestsSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 266: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory Episode 6
Aug 18, 2014 • 105 min
Corey and Laura share listener observations and present the final five conundra of the riddle gameSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 265: Tolkien Chat 18: Comments on the release of Tolkien’s Beowulf translation
Aug 18, 2014 • 60 min
Professor Olsen comments on the release of J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of Beowulf Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 264: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.14: The Aftermath
Aug 8, 2014 • 123 min
What happens when the dust settles after the battle? Corey and Trish ask the tough questions.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 263: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Bonus Episode: Comic-Con and the Teaser Trailer
Aug 4, 2014 • 187 min
Dave and guest listener Karen offer up a first hand view of the Comic-Con experience. Then Corey launches into a two-minute-per-second analysis of the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 262: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.13: Farewell to Thorin
Jul 27, 2014 • 106 min
Corey and Trish put the "fun" into "funeral" in this installment of Riddles in the Dark, while Dave is off running around San Diego Comic-Con.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 261: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory Episode 5
Jul 18, 2014 • 100 min
Corey and Trish (standing in for Laura) share great listener observations about the Battle of Dol Guldur (RITD Episodes 3.09 and 3.10)Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 260: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.12: The Battle of Five Armies, Part 2
Jul 17, 2014 • 143 min
Who's gonna die? That's the big question in this episode of Riddles in the Dark, as The Tolkien Professor and fellow co-hosts ponder the imponderables of Peter Jackson's third Hobbit movie. Also, from about minute 18 to about minute 43, there is a general…
Episode 259: Riddles in the Dark Bonus: Pronunciation Guide
Jul 6, 2014 • 38 min
In response to a listener query, Corey walks through Tolkien's language pronunciation and how the names in The Hobbit films are supposed to be pronounced.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 258: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory Episode 4
Jul 6, 2014 • 76 min
Corey and Trish (standing in for Laura) go over all the riddles covering the Siege (RITD Episodes 3.06, 3.07 and 3.08)Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 257: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.11: The Battle of Five Armies, Part 1
Jun 29, 2014 • 115 min
Why will the Elves march to Erebor? Will Bilbo be conscious for the battle? Does Roac constitute one of the armies? These and other pressing questions are considered in this installment of Riddles in the DarkSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 256: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.10: Dol Guldur Part 2 - The Black Hats
Jun 18, 2014 • 104 min
What is Sauron up to? Where are all those Orcs going anyway? And what's going on with the Nazgul? We don't have the answers, but we have LOTS of theories.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 255: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.09: Dol Guldur Part 1 - The White Hats
Jun 1, 2014 • 145 min
In a Daveless episode, Trish and Corey consider what will be happening at Dol Guldur in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, with excursions into unrelated topicsSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 254: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory, Episode III
May 21, 2014 • 83 min
The third episode of the Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory. The Tolkien Professor addresses your comments and questions on RITD 3.04 and RITD 3.05. Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 253: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.08: The Siege,Thief in the Night
May 18, 2014 • 117 min
Moving right along toward the Battle of (the) Five Armies, Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and his Riddles in the Dark co-hosts actually talk about….wait for it….THE HOBBIT!!!Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 252: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.07: The Siege,Laketown View
May 3, 2014 • 135 min
Our hosts were very talkative in this episode, starting with a rant about the new name for Hobbit Movie 3, then moving on to considering how the Siege of Erebor might look from the Laketown side of the table. And Corey got to use "abscond" in a sentence,…
Episode 251: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory, Episode II
Apr 22, 2014 • 130 min
The second episode of the Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory. The Tolkien Professor addresses your comments and questions on RITD 3.02 and RITD 3.03. Afterwards, Corey speaks with Professor Robin Reid about her research on Tolkien's influence on modern…
Episode 250: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.06: The Siege,Erebor View
Apr 21, 2014 • 134 min
Corey extols the virtues of Roac, Trish attempts to be a human sound effects machine, and Dave holds it all together as the talk centers on what the Dwarves are up to before the Men and Elves arrive in The Hobbit: There and Back Again.Support The Tolkien…
Episode 249: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.05: Smaug’s Attack
Apr 4, 2014 • 116 min
How epic will the attack of the dragon on Laketown be? Will there be any red shirts among the cast? And what about that oily Master? Inquiring minds examine these and other questions about The Hobbit: There and Back Again.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 248: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory, Episode 1
Mar 28, 2014 • 44 min
The first episode of the Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory. The Tolkien Professor addresses your comments and questions on RITD 3.01Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 247: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.04: Meanwhile, Back in Laketown
Mar 22, 2014 • 117 min
What's going on in Laketown while the Dwarves are zigging and zagging around Erebor with a dragon in close pursuit? We theorize about this and other matters, and this time there are sound effects!Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 246: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.03: There and Back Again - The Beginning
Mar 8, 2014 • 93 min
Saddle up the battle pigs! The RITD team go from serious to silly and back again as they consider the many ways that Peter Jackson could choose to begin the third Hobbit movie.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 245: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.02: Those Elves
Feb 22, 2014 • 107 min
Talking Elves in the second episode of the third year of Riddles in the Dark.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 244: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.01: Action and Violence
Feb 16, 2014 • 108 min
The first riddle episode of the last year of Riddles in the Dark considers how action and violence impact the first two Hobbit movies and how these aspects will show up in The Hobbit: There and Back Again.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 243: Silmarillion Seminar 35: Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, Part 2
Feb 8, 2014 • 141 min
The thirty-fifth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, Part 2Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 242: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 1, Episode b
Jan 31, 2014 • 115 min
The second installment of Phase 1 of Year 3 of Riddles in the Dark team sees us revisiting The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug one last time. Three key themes are considered in the context of how they will follow through into The Hobbit: There and Back Again:…
Episode 241: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 1, Episode a
Jan 16, 2014 • 89 min
The Riddles in the Dark team returns for the third and final round of the "how will Jackson tell the story" game. Phase 1, Episode a is a general look back at The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Corey and Dave coin new terms to describe various ways people…
Episode 240: Tolkien Chat 17: Reactions to the Desolation of Smaug Part 2
Dec 23, 2013 • 112 min
Part 2: Professor Olsen discusses his reactions to the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 239: Tolkien Chat 16: Reactions to the Desolation of Smaug Part 1
Dec 23, 2013 • 47 min
Part 1: Professor Olsen discusses his reactions to the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 238: A Bit of Wookie: Riddles in the Dark Year 2 in Review
Dec 12, 2013 • 181 min
As The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is unveiled around the world, Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen, Laura Berkholtz, and Trish Lambert review all the riddles and conundra posed in the second year of the Riddles in the Dark gameSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 237: Riddles in the Dark: Hail Fellow and Fewmets!
Nov 23, 2013 • 168 min
Warming up by looking at some more materail from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, our Riddles in the Dark co-hosts move on to talk about the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 236: Riddles in the Dark 2.16: You Be Dragon?
Nov 17, 2013 • 193 min
Checking out a flood of material released by Peter Jackson for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, with a little dissension amongst our Riddles in the Dark co-hosts to spice things up. Note: This was a highly visual episode, as Corey et al. tracked back and…
Episode 235: Riddles in the Dark 2.15: Fringe Festival 2
Nov 16, 2013 • 102 min
Considering the fringe characters in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug by way of Lego set interpretation. There is a visual companion PDF for this episode available at http://www.tolkienprofessor.com/documents/ritd2.15VisualCompanion.pdf Support The Tolkien…
Episode 234: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.11: Blame it on the Arkenstone
Nov 12, 2013 • 25 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz take on the weighty theme of bromance in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 233: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.10: Ring? What Ring?
Oct 23, 2013 • 36 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz discuss listener opinions on when Bilbo will reveal the presence of the Ring.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 232: Call-In Office Hours 5
Oct 16, 2013 • 113 min
The fifth Tolkien Professor open Skype Session, recorded on October 7, 2013. Topics discussed include invisible Ringwraiths, getting a PhD in Tolkien Studies, and more. Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 231: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.09: Barrels on the Brain
Oct 16, 2013 • 28 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz discuss opinions on the relationship between the elves of Mirkwood and the men of Laketown in The Desolation of Smaug.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 230: Riddles in the Dark NOT 2.15: Trailer 2 Mega-Episode
Oct 14, 2013 • 199 min
A 3.33-hour discussion of the 2.5-minute second trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 229: Tolkien Chat 15: Ethan Gilsdorf and Noble Smith
Oct 7, 2013 • 94 min
Professor Olsen chats with authors Ethan Gilsdorf and Noble Smith Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 228: Riddles in the Dark 2.14: Fringe Festival 1
Oct 2, 2013 • 131 min
Kamikaze Thrush, Bald Raven, Radish Hat, Galion the Butler, and That Girl Elf Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 227: Riddles in the Dark 2.13: The End of All Things (In the Second Movie)
Oct 1, 2013 • 98 min
From what cliff will we be left hanging at the end of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug?Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 226: Tolkien Chat 14: Bernd Greisinger
Sep 30, 2013 • 29 min
Professor Olsen talks with Bernd Greisinger of the Greisinger Museum, home of the largest collection of Tolkien artifacts in the worldSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 225: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.08: Smog and Thrane
Sep 9, 2013 • 49 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review listener comments and opinions on the start of The Desolation of Smaug.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 224: Riddles in the Dark 2.12: Smaug Smack Talk
Sep 8, 2013 • 130 min
Considering the big flying lizard in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 223: Riddles in the Dark 2.11: We’ll Always Have the Carrock
Aug 26, 2013 • 126 min
Bromancing the (Arken)Stone in the Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 222: Riddles in the Dark 2.10: Is This a Ring I See Before Me?
Aug 26, 2013 • 117 min
The most prominent inanimate character in the Third Age of Middle-earth is discussed in the context of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 221: Tolkien Chat 13: Mythgard Takes Mythcon
Jul 22, 2013 • 28 min
Mythgard Students presented a variety of papers at this year's Mythcon in Lansing, MISupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 220: Riddles in the Dark Midyear Review
Jul 13, 2013 • 110 min
Corey Olsen, Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review all the riddles and conundra posed so far for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 219: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.07: Revenge of the Zomborcs
Jun 28, 2013 • 43 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review reader's comments and analyst opinions on Bolg's role in The Desolation of Smaug.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 218: Riddles in the Dark 2.09: In Case of Emergency, Call the Elven King
Jun 19, 2013 • 115 min
Laketown and its socio-political-economic position in the region are examined.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 217: Special Trailer Episode: Did You Remember to Pack the Trebuchet?
Jun 16, 2013 • 168 min
All four Riddles in the Dark cohoses review the first trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 216: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.06: No Holds Bard?
Jun 13, 2013 • 34 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review reader's comments and analyst opinions on Riddle 2.06 on Bard's support (or lack thereof) for the Dwarves' mission to defeat Smaug.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 215: Riddles in the Dark Digest: The Bonus Episode
Jun 10, 2013 • 116 min
Trish Lambert and Breana Melvin talk through a video that Breana compiled of all of Peter Jackson's public videos (prior to release of the first movie trailer) about The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Breana cut and spliced to put everything into as close…
Episode 214: Riddles in the Dark 2.08: The Beginning of Desolation
Jun 7, 2013 • 89 min
Prof Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert talk about how Peter Jackson will begin The Hobbit: Desolation of SmaugSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 213: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.05: Who Let the Dwarves Out?
Jun 6, 2013 • 38 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review reader's comments and analyst opinions on Riddle 2.05 on Bilbo's role in the escape of the Dwarves from the Mirkwood Elves.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 212: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.04: Legolas to the Rescue…or Not
May 6, 2013 • 47 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review reader's comments and analyst opinions on Riddle 2.04 dealing with the meeting of Thorin and the dwarves with the elves of Mirkwood.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 211: Silmarillion Seminar 34: Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, Part 1
Apr 29, 2013 • 116 min
The thirty-fourth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, Part 1Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 210: Riddles in the Dark 2.07: Half-Baked Bolg Weirdness
Apr 28, 2013 • 123 min
Prof Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert wander around Dol Guldur and consider how Azog and his little boy will take part in The Hobbit: Desolation of SmaugSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 209: Riddles in the Dark 2.06: Vengeance for My Dolly!
Apr 18, 2013 • 127 min
Prof Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert talk Dale politics and consider how the enigmatic Bard will be portrayed in The Hobbit: Desolation of SmaughSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 208: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.03: Black Spiders and White Harts
Apr 16, 2013 • 41 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review reader's comments and analyst opinions on Riddle 2.03 dealing with the elves of Mirkwood and their defences against the evil encroaching on their land.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 207: Riddles in the Dark 2.05: In Thranduil’s Hall
Mar 31, 2013 • 141 min
Prof Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert enter the Hall of the Elven King to consider how events will unfold there in "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug." Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 206: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.02: Thrain in Vain
Mar 26, 2013 • 33 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review reader's comments and analyst opinions on Riddle 2.02 dealing with the fate of Thrain, Thorin's father.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 205: Silmarillion Seminar 33: Akallabeth, Part 3
Mar 19, 2013 • 98 min
The thirty-third session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the Allkalabeth, Part 3Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 204: Silmarillion Seminar 32: Akallabeth, Part 2
Mar 17, 2013 • 100 min
The thirty-second session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the Allkalabeth, Part 2Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 203: Riddles in the Dark 24: The Long-Expected Podcast
Mar 15, 2013 • 185 min
At long last, the much anticipated, recording-breaking 3-hour RITD Christmas Special! The trio fully debriefs The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the results of our RITD game. Featuring bizarre background noises, sometimes terrible audio quality, and a…
Episode 202: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.01: Flogging a Dead Beorn
Mar 14, 2013 • 40 min
Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review reader's comments and analyst opinions on Riddle 2.01 dealing with Beorn's relationship to the goblins.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 201: Riddles in the Dark 2.04: Attercop and Tomnoddy
Mar 9, 2013 • 117 min
Prof Cory Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert tap into their spidey senses to consider Mirkwood's arachnids in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaugh. Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 200: Riddles in the Dark 2.03: Into the Woods
Feb 8, 2013 • 132 min
Prof Cory Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert stroke imaginary beards over how Mirkwood will be portrayed in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, and how the Elves will relate to the forest. Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 199: Silmarillion Seminar 31: Akallabeth, Part 1
Feb 4, 2013 • 117 min
The thirty-first session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the Allkalabeth, Part 1Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 198: Silmarillion Seminar 30: Quenta Chapter 24
Feb 1, 2013 • 116 min
The thirtieth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Chapter 24 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath, Part 2"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 197: Riddles in the Dark 2.02: Where’s Poppa?
Jan 30, 2013 • 112 min
Prof Cory Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert wonder what happened to Thrain and what we will learn about him in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Desoloation of Smaug. Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 196: Riddles in the Dark 2.01: Ursa Major or Ursa Minor
Jan 17, 2013 • 97 min
Prof Cory Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert consider Beorn, his place in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, and his possilbe role in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Desoloation of Smaug. Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 195: Tolkien Chat 12: Adaptation and The Hobbit Movies
Jan 5, 2013 • 158 min
Prof Cory Olsen offers his thoughts on Peter Jackson's first Hobbit film and its adaptation from J.R.R. Tolkien's book. Major themes and minor questions are all considered, and offer the listener an opportunity to understand Jackson's work at a deeper…
Episode 194: Riddles in the Dark 23: Riddle Me Not
Dec 9, 2012 • 108 min
Prof Cory Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert review a year's worth of riddles for Movie 1. Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 193: Riddles in the Dark 22: The White Council
Dec 5, 2012 • 129 min
Prof Cory Olsen and Dave Kale respond to the listeners by discussing the winning topic: The White Council. Which inevitably leads to talk of Saruman.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 192: WC Faerie Course, Session 40
Nov 22, 2012 • 29 min
Conclusion - Recorded 05/04/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 191: WC Faerie Course, Session 39
Nov 22, 2012 • 35 min
Garth Nix, "Sabriel", Chapter 24 - Epilogue Recorded 05/02/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 190: Riddles in the Dark 21: Songs and Poems
Nov 19, 2012 • 133 min
In this musical version of Riddles in the Dark, Prof Cory Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert get down and get funky talking about the songs and poems in The Hobbit: book, animated feature, and upcoming film.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 189: WC Faerie Course, Session 38
Nov 19, 2012 • 47 min
Garth Nix, "Sabriel", Chapter 18 - 23 Recorded 04/29/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 188: WC Faerie Course, Session 37
Nov 17, 2012 • 52 min
Garth Nix, "Sabriel", Chapter 12 - 17 Recorded 04/27/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 187: Silmarillion Seminar 29: Quenta Chapter 24
Oct 31, 2012 • 105 min
The twenty-ninth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Chapter 24 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath, Part 1"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 186: Riddles in the Dark 20: Of the Rings of Power and the First Film
Oct 31, 2012 • 138 min
After some time looking at some of the media articles that have been showing up about Jackson and his movie, Prof. Corey Olsen and Dave Kale (and Trish Lambert in more than a cameo appearance) consider the Rings of Power in the context of Tolkien's work…
Episode 185: Riddles in the Dark Digest 9: Orcs, The Brown Wizard, and Thror
Oct 30, 2012 • 115 min
Dave Kale and Trish Lambert review Orcs, Radagast, and toy figures in this digest episode, among other things. A collage of Comic-Con interview excerpts with Richard Armitage gives rise to this episode's condundrum.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 184: Silmarillion Seminar 28: Quenta Chapter 23
Oct 15, 2012 • 109 min
The twenty-eigth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Chapter 23 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 183: Riddles in the Dark 19: Sauron - Hot or Not?
Oct 14, 2012 • 121 min
Talk turns to the bad guys in this episode. After checking out the most recent movie scroll, Prof. Corey Olsen and Dave Kale (with Trish chiming in from time to time) consider the Goblin-infested poster as well as the toy sets of the "Goblin King," Bolg,…
Episode 182: WC Faerie Course, Session 36
Oct 7, 2012 • 50 min
Garth Nix, "Sabriel", Chapter 6 - 11 Recorded 04/25/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 181: Silmarillion Seminar 27: Quenta Chapter 22
Oct 4, 2012 • 119 min
The twenty-seventh session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Chapter 22 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Ruin of Dorian"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 180: Silmarillion Seminar 26: Quenta Chapter 21
Oct 4, 2012 • 103 min
The twenty-sixth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the third part of Chapter 21 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Turin Turambar"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 179: Riddles in the Dark 18: Hobbit Day Panel - The Director’s Cut
Sep 29, 2012 • 125 min
It is a first-time "group episode" as Prof. Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert are joined by a panel of analysts and experts who are playing the prediction. Broadcast as part of the Middle-earth Network Hobbt Day festivities, the panel conversation…
Episode 178: WC Faerie Course, Session 35
Sep 24, 2012 • 46 min
Garth Nix, "Sabriel", Prologue - Chapter 5, Recorded 04/22/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 177: WC Faerie Course, Session 34
Sep 15, 2012 • 49 min
Peter S. Beagle, "The Last Unicorn", Chapters 12-14, Recorded 04/20/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 176: Riddles in the Dark 17: Radagast the Brown and the Movie App
Sep 14, 2012 • 126 min
Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert consider Radagast the Brown as he appears in The Hobbit and other Tolkien works, and as he might appear in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. They then turn the conversation to the new Apple movie…
Episode 175: Riddles in the Dark Digest 8: Escape and Talking? Animals
Sep 11, 2012 • 80 min
Dave Kale and Trish Lambert review Riddles in the Dark episodes 14 and 15, covering Bilbo's escape from the Misty Mountains and the idea of talking animals in Peter Jackson's first Hobbit film. Plus they check out the new movie app and talk about whether…
Episode 174: Riddles in the Dark 16: Orcs and Goblins (and Zomborcs!)
Aug 31, 2012 • 117 min
Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and Dave Kale talk about goblins and orcs as they appear in Tolkien's book and then consider the role these groups will play in Peter Jackson's films. Plus there are bonuses included!Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 173: Riddles in the Dark Digest 7: Controversy!
Aug 29, 2012 • 142 min
Welcome to The Riddles in the Dark Digest Controversy episode! Dave and Trish relook at RITD Episode 13 (about Comic-Con), respond to critical commenters, and finally get around to considering the Nazgul, adding in a bonus at the end of the digest…Dave's…
Episode 172: Riddles in the Dark Digest 6: All Gollum All the Time
Aug 23, 2012 • 74 min
Dave Kale and Trish Lambert talk Gollum, first talking about the now-answered-by-Andy-Serkis riddle presented in Riddles in the Dark episode 11, then sharing analyst, listener, and their own opinions about the actual riddle game discussed in Riddles in…
Episode 171: Riddles in the Dark Digest 5: Beginning and Bilbo
Aug 22, 2012 • 94 min
In the fifth episode of Riddles in the Dark Digest, co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert share analyst and listener comments about Riddles in the Dark episodes 9 & 10. True to RITD tradition, our verbose co-hosts wander among other topics as well,…
Episode 170: WC Faerie Course, Session 33
Aug 22, 2012 • 41 min
Peter S. Beagle, "The Last Unicorn", Chapters 9-11, Recorded 04/18/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 169: Riddles in the Dark 15: Wargs and Eagles and Bears, Oh My!
Aug 21, 2012 • 95 min
Prof. Olsen and Dave discuss talking animals. After all, that's what the Hobbit is all about, right? The films will probably be rife with them! They also speculate about how much screen time the eagles will receive.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 168: Silmarillion Seminar 25: Quenta Chapter 21
Aug 20, 2012 • 109 min
The twenty-fifth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the second part of Chapter 21 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Turin Turambar"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 167: Riddles in the Dark 14: Escape and ahem, Trilogy Announcement
Aug 20, 2012 • 116 min
Prof. Olsen and Dave discuss more character development stuff, Bilbo and the Company's escape from the goblin tunnels of the Misty Mountains, and the possibilities for developing Bilbo's character by changing the story. OK, fine. Maybe they also talk…
Episode 166: Tolkien Chat 11: The Princess and The Hobbit
Aug 20, 2012 • 68 min
Did you know that J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were both released in 1937? Coincidence? Or not? Join Professor Olsen and Trish Lambert in a conversation about these two works and the men who made them in a…
Episode 165: Mythgard Swoops in on Return of the Ring
Aug 19, 2012 • 71 min
Mythgard students and faculty attending the Tolkien Society's Return of the Ring conference with Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen come together to talk about their impressions and insights so farSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 164: Silmarillion Seminar 24: Quenta Chapter 21
Jul 30, 2012 • 109 min
The twenty-forth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the first part of Chapter 21 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Turin Turambar"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 163: Silmarillion Seminar 23: Quenta Chapter 20
Jul 30, 2012 • 115 min
The twenty-third session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Chapter 20 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 162: WC Faerie Course, Session 32
Jul 25, 2012 • 49 min
Peter S. Beagle, "The Last Unicorn", Chapters 5-8, Recorded 04/15/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 161: Riddles in the Dark 13: What else but Comic-Con?
Jul 24, 2012 • 123 min
Digest co-host Trish joins Prof. Olsen and Dave as they cover all things Hobbit and Comic-Con. And Christopher Tolkien! They set a new record for episode length all the while.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 160: Riddles in the Dark Digest 4: The Split
Jul 20, 2012 • 98 min
Dave and Trish wrap up their marathon Saturday podcasting session with one more digest. This week we revisit The Split and The Battle of Dol-Guldur!Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 159: Riddles in the Dark 12: The Riddle Game
Jul 13, 2012 • 105 min
This episode we discuss our namesake Hobbit chapter: Riddles in the Dark. We can't wait so see The Riddle Game on-screen, but how many of the original riddles will make it into the film?Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 158: Riddles in the Dark Digest 3: Rivalries and Trollish Dilemmas
Jul 11, 2012 • 97 min
Dave and Trish are on a roll! In this episode we review predictions, analysis, and feedback on Riddles 4 and 5 and address copious listener comments about the talking purse!Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 157: WC Faerie Course, Session 31
Jul 9, 2012 • 44 min
Peter S. Beagle, "The Last Unicorn", Chapters 1-4, Recorded 04/13/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 156: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2: Now with More Azanulbizar
Jul 9, 2012 • 82 min
The Digest is back! Trish Lambert joins the Riddles team and helps Dave review predictions, analyses, and listener feedback on the third topic, The Battle of Azanulbizar. Make sure you listen to the end… Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 155: WC Faerie Course, Session 30
Jul 5, 2012 • 51 min
C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", Chapters 12-17, Recorded 04/11/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 154: WC Faerie Course, Session 29
Jun 17, 2012 • 46 min
C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", Chapters 7-11, Recorded 04/08/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 153: Riddles in the Dark 11: Gollum…and Romance?
Jun 15, 2012 • 119 min
This week we discuss two topics that go hand-in-hand: Gollum and romance. Duh.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 152: WC Faerie Course, Session 28
Jun 13, 2012 • 37 min
C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", Chapters 1-6, Recorded 04/04/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 151: Silmarillion Seminar 22: Quenta Chapter 19
Jun 9, 2012 • 117 min
The twenty-second session of the Silmarillion Seminar, in which we spend an unprecedented third week on Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Beren and Luthien." And oaths.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 150: Riddles in the Dark 10: We finally discuss the “Hobbit!”
Jun 2, 2012 • 126 min
Only four months into the podcast, we finally get around to talking about The Hobbit's titular character, Bilbo Baggins…for two hours!Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 149: WC Faerie Course, Session 27
May 28, 2012 • 44 min
J.R.R. Tolkien, Smith of Wootton Major, Pages 35-39 Recorded 04/01/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 148: Riddles in the Dark 9: Framing the Issue
May 25, 2012 • 76 min
We go back to the very beginning…of first Hobbit film, that is. How will The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey open on-screen?Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 147: WC Faerie Course, Session 26
May 20, 2012 • 49 min
J.R.R. Tolkien, Smith of Wootton Major, Pages 9-34 Recorded 3/30/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 146: WC Faerie Course, Session 25
May 8, 2012 • 49 min
George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 21-32 Recorded 3/28/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 145: Riddles in the Dark 8: Cinemacon Emergency Edition
May 2, 2012 • 79 min
The hosts hop on the Cinemacon debate bandwagon and weigh in on the "Tomb of the Ringwraiths." How will Sauron's most terrible servants factor into the The Hobbit?Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 144: Riddles in the Dark 7: The Split, Part 2
Apr 27, 2012 • 83 min
The second in a two-part series on the most hotly debated Hobbit question: where will the two films be split? In this episode, we are joined by special guest Fr. Roderick Vonhogen of SQPN to talk about The White Council.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 143: Riddles in the Dark 6: The Split, Part 1
Apr 26, 2012 • 71 min
The first in a two-part series on the most hotly debated Hobbit question: where will the two films be split? In this episode, we address the main Hobbit storyline and predict the "tone" of the ending of An Unexpected Journey.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 142: WC Faerie Course, Session 24
Apr 8, 2012 • 49 min
George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 11-20 Recorded 3/25/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 141: Silmarillion Seminar 21: Quenta Chapter 19
Mar 29, 2012 • 95 min
The twenty-first session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing the second part of Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Beren and Luthien"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 140: Riddles in the Dark 5: Troll Dilemmas
Mar 23, 2012 • 77 min
The first RITD episode to address humor in the Hobbit; this week we focus on Bilbo's first "successful adventure" with the trolls.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 139: Riddles in the Dark Digest 1
Mar 17, 2012 • 65 min
Co-host Dave reviews the first two topics, Thrain and Thror, and presents predictions, arguments, and feedback from RITD analysts and listeners. We also give a few RITD-related updates and news items. Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 138: Silmarillion Seminar 20: Quenta Chapter 19
Mar 13, 2012 • 88 min
The twentieth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion, " Of Beren and Luthien"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 137: Riddles in the Dark 4: Thorin Oakenshield
Mar 9, 2012 • 74 min
A discussion of the great dwarf leader, Thorin Oakenshield, one of the main characters of The Hobbit and how he will be portrayed in the upcoming films.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 136: Riddles in the Dark 3: The Battle of Azanulbizar
Feb 22, 2012 • 66 min
A discussion of the great Battle of Azanulbizar, and an analysis of the possiblity of its conflation with the Battle of Five Armies in the films.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 135: Riddles in the Dark 2: The Fall of the House of Durin
Feb 12, 2012 • 67 min
A discussion of the misfortunes of the House of Durin, Thror and predictions based on casting for the character.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 134: WC Faerie Course, Session 23
Feb 4, 2012 • 46 min
George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 1-10 Recorded 3/23/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 133: Silmarillion Seminar 19: Quenta Chapter 18
Jan 29, 2012 • 95 min
The nineteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 18 of the Quenta Silmarillion, " Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin "Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 132: Riddles in the Dark 1: Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror
Jan 28, 2012 • 63 min
A discussion of Thror and Thrain, and predictions about Thrain's depiction in the film.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 131: Announcements: January 25 2012
Jan 27, 2012 • 4 min
What's new at The Tolkien Professor, including two new podcasts and an updated website.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 130: Return and Recovery
Dec 13, 2011 • 26 min
The Hobbit Series Lecture 8 in which we discuss the death of Thorin and Bilbo's return to Bag End. Text: Chapters 18 and 19: " The Return Journey" and " The Last Stage "Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 129: Silmarillion Seminar 18: Quenta Chapter 17
Dec 11, 2011 • 100 min
The eighteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 17 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Coming of Men into the West"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 128: The Hobbit Grows Up
Dec 6, 2011 • 27 min
The Hobbit Series Lecture 7 in which we discuss the death of Smaug and the Battle of Five Armies. Text: Chapters 14, 15, 16 and 17: "Fire and Water," "The Gathering of the Clouds," "A Thief in the Night," and "The Clouds Burst."Support The Tolkien…
Episode 127: Mythgard Question and Answer Call-in Session
Dec 1, 2011 • 103 min
Professor Corey Olsen answers questions from people interested in taking courses at the Mythgard Institute (www.mythgard.org).Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 126: Bilbo Earns His Reward
Nov 30, 2011 • 40 min
The Hobbit Series Lecture 6 in which we consider the foolishness of the dwarves and the final turning point of Bilbo's career. Text: Chapters 11, 12, and 13: "On the Doorstep," "Inside Information," and "Not At Home."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 125: Bilbo Builds His Resume 2
Nov 24, 2011 • 21 min
Finally! The return of the hobbit series! The Hobbit Series Lecture 5, Part 2, in which we consider one of the major turning points in Bilbo's life. Text: Chapters 8, 9, and 10: "Flies and Spiders," "Barrels Out of Bond," and "A Warm Welcome."Support The…
Episode 124: WC Faerie Course, Session 22
Nov 18, 2011 • 48 min
Lord Dunsany, The Book of Wonder, Part 2. Recorded 3/21/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 123: Silmarillion Seminar 17: Quenta Chapter 16
Nov 10, 2011 • 107 min
The seventeenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 16 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Maeglin"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 122: Halloween Special from Middle-earth Network Radio
Nov 5, 2011 • 73 min
Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, Laura Berkholtz, and George Naylor discuss themes of horror in Tolkien's writings.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 121: Silmarillion Seminar 16: Quenta Chapter 15
Nov 3, 2011 • 105 min
The sixteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 15 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Noldor in Beleriand."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 120: The Tolkien Professor Visits Hollywood
Oct 28, 2011 • 19 min
Corey Olsen and Dave Kale, program director for Middle-earth Network Radio, discuss the making of the documentary for the video game "The Lord of the Rings: War in the North". The documentary is viewable in four parts at…
Episode 119: Tolkien Chat 10: In the Bar at Mythcon 2011.
Oct 25, 2011 • 82 min
The tenth Tolkien Chat, recorded in the bar at the Albuquerque MCM Elegante during the annual Mythopoeic Society Conference Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 118: WC Faerie Course, Session 21
Oct 18, 2011 • 47 min
Lord Dunsany, The Book of Wonder, Part 1. Recorded 3/11/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 117: Silmarillion Seminar 15: Quenta Chapter 14
Oct 16, 2011 • 78 min
The fifteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 14 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Beleriand and Its Realms."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 116: WC Faerie Course, Session 20
Oct 10, 2011 • 49 min
Andrew Lang Session 5, in which we discuss "Rapunzel," "Snowdrop," and "The Enchanted Ring." Recorded 3/9/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 115: Tolkien Chat 9: David Perlmutter
Oct 7, 2011 • 71 min
A conversation with Professor David Perlmutter about two of his favorite intellectual hobbies, military history and Tolkien.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 114: Silmarillion Seminar 14: Quenta Chapter 13
Oct 4, 2011 • 82 min
The fourteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 13 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Return of the Noldor."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 113: WC Faerie Course, Session 19
Sep 30, 2011 • 45 min
Andrew Lang Session 4, in which we discuss "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Three Dwarfs," and "The Twelve Brothers." Recorded 3/7/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 112: Silmarillion Seminar 13: Quenta Chapter 12
Sep 28, 2011 • 90 min
The thirteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 12 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Men."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 111: WC Faerie Course, Session 18
Sep 22, 2011 • 46 min
Andrew Lang Session 3, in which we discuss "Snow White and Rose Red," "Jack the Giant Killer," and my favorite "The Black Bull of Norroway." Recorded 3/4/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 110: Silmarillion Seminar 12: Quenta Chapter 11
Sep 20, 2011 • 98 min
The twelfth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 11 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Sun and the Moon and the Hiding of Valinor."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 109: Silmarillion Seminar 11: Quenta Chapter 10
Sep 5, 2011 • 78 min
The eleventh session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 10 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Sindar."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 108: Silmarillion Seminar 10: Quenta Chapter 9
Aug 24, 2011 • 92 min
The tenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 9 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Flight of the Noldor."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 107: Silmarillion Seminar 09: Quenta Chapter 8
Aug 13, 2011 • 81 min
The ninth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 8 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Darkening of Valinor."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 106: Silmarillion Seminar 08: Quenta Chapter 7
Aug 1, 2011 • 100 min
After a brief message to Stephen Colbert, we move on to the eighth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 7 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 105: Silmarillion Seminar 07: Quenta Chapter 6
Jul 24, 2011 • 87 min
The seventh session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 6 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Feanor and the Unchaining of Melkor."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 104: WC Faerie Course, Session 17
Jul 24, 2011 • 49 min
Andrew Lang Session 2, in which we discuss "Rumpelstiltzkin," "Hansel and Grettel," and "Beauty and the Beast." Recorded 3/2/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 103: Mythgard Institute Announcement Show, Part 2
Jul 23, 2011 • 60 min
Part Two of the show announcing the grand opening of the Mythgard Institute in the Fall 2011 semester. Both parts were originally broadcast on the Middle-Earth Network Radio.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 102: Mythgard Institute Announcement Show, Part 1
Jul 23, 2011 • 58 min
Announcing the Mythgard Institute, offering courses in Tolkien Studies and related fields, beginning Fall 2011. Part one of two shows originally broadcast on the Middle-Earth Network Radio.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 101: Silmarillion Seminar 06: Quenta Chapter 5
Jun 22, 2011 • 102 min
The sixth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 5 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalie."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 100: WC Faerie Course, Session 16
Jun 13, 2011 • 49 min
Andrew Lang Session 1, in which we discuss "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," and "Aladdin." Recorded 2/28/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 99: Silmarillion Seminar 05: Quenta Chapters 3-4
Jun 9, 2011 • 100 min
The fifth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapters 3 and 4 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Coming of the Elves" and "Of Thingol and Melian."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 98: Special Announcement!
May 13, 2011 • 60 min
A recording of the special live broadcast on the Middle-Earth Network Radio station a few weeks back, in which I unveiled my Big News.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 97: The Gifts of Annwn, by Scott Holbrook-Foust
Apr 19, 2011 • 39 min
An essay exploring the representation of the Celtic Otherworld in Arthurian Literature, with a particular focus on Morgan Le Fay in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 96: WC Faerie Course, Session 15
Apr 17, 2011 • 51 min
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 4, in which we look at the irregularities of the ending of this great poem. Recorded 2/25/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 95: WC Faerie Course, Session 14
Apr 13, 2011 • 48 min
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 3, in which we learn how to resist seduction with tact and aplomb. Recorded 2/23/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 94: WC Faerie Course, Session 13
Apr 12, 2011 • 49 min
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 2, in which we look carefully at our protagonist and his values. Recorded 2/21/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 93: WC Faerie Course, Session 12
Apr 11, 2011 • 52 min
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 1, in which we discuss happy endings and relatively jolly green giants. Recorded 2/18/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 92: WC Faerie Course, Session 11
Apr 1, 2011 • 50 min
Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale, Part 2, in which we look at some of the remarkable differences between Chaucer's version of this story and Dame Ragnelle. Recorded 2/16/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 91: WC Faerie Course, Session 10
Mar 30, 2011 • 45 min
Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale, Part 1, in which we look at some of the remarkable differences between Chaucer's version of this story and Dame Ragnelle. Recorded 2/14/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 90: WC Faerie Course, Session 9
Mar 29, 2011 • 53 min
The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, Part 2, in which we discuss Sir Gawain's big choice. Recorded 2/11/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 89: WC Faerie Course, Session 8
Mar 28, 2011 • 52 min
The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, Part 1, in which we meet a knight with a funny name and a preternaturally ugly woman. Recorded 2/9/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 88: WC Faerie Course, Session 7
Feb 22, 2011 • 51 min
Sir Launfal, Part 3, in which we see our protagonist's strange trial and unexpected deliverance. Recorded 2/7/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 87: Silmarillion Seminar 04: Quenta Chapter 2
Feb 21, 2011 • 114 min
The fourth session of the new Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 2 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Aule and Yavanna."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 86: WC Faerie Course, Session 6
Feb 20, 2011 • 47 min
Sir Launfal, Part 2, in which we examine the relationship between our protagonist and his fairy benefactors. Recorded 2/4/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 85: WC Faerie Course, Session 5
Feb 19, 2011 • 49 min
Sir Launfal, Part 1, in which we meet our protagonist, his king, and his king's sketchy wife. Recorded 2/2/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 84: The Wife of Bath’s Tale
Feb 15, 2011 • 20 min
An unabridged recording of The Wife of Bath's Tale.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 83: The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle
Feb 15, 2011 • 40 min
An unabridged recording of Dame Ragnelle.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 82: WC Faerie Course, Session 4
Feb 14, 2011 • 50 min
Sir Orfeo, Part 3, in which we enter Faerie and find weird stuff. Recorded 1/31/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 81: WC Faerie Course, Session 3
Feb 14, 2011 • 44 min
Sir Orfeo Part 2, in which we discuss Sir Orfeo's time of exile in the forest. Recorded 1/28/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 80: WC Faerie Course, Session 2
Feb 7, 2011 • 48 min
A discussion of the first 194 lines of Sir Orfeo, in the WC Faerie and Fantasy class. Recorded 1/26/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 79: Silmarillion Seminar 03: Quenta, Chapter 1
Feb 2, 2011 • 99 min
The third session of the new Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 1 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Beginning of Days."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 78: WC Faerie Course, Session 1
Feb 1, 2011 • 32 min
The Introductory Ramble for my new class, Faerie and Fantasy. Recorded 1/24/11.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 77: Sir Launfal
Feb 1, 2011 • 43 min
An unabridged recording of Sir Launfal, in Middle English. This is the second text we will be discussing in my Faerie and Fantasy course.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 76: Sir Orfeo
Jan 25, 2011 • 26 min
An unabridged recording of the poem Sir Orfeo, in Middle English. This is the first text we will be discussing in my Faerie and Fantasy course.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 75: An Introduction to Middle English
Jan 25, 2011 • 30 min
In preparation to the Faerie and Fantasy course, I have put together this brief introduction to reading Middle English, since the first few texts we will be discussing in class are in Middle English.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 74: Silmarillion Seminar 02 - Valaquenta
Jan 21, 2011 • 100 min
The second session of the new Silmarillion Seminar, discussing the Valaquenta.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 73: The Minstrel, the Painter, and the Scholar, Part 1
Jan 3, 2011 • 56 min
A roundtable discussion with John DiBartolo, Ted Nasmith, and Corey Olsen. This is the first of a three-part series.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 72: Tolkien Chat 8: Allison Fischbach
Jan 2, 2011 • 51 min
A conversation with Allison Fischbach, a Washington College alum, about mortality and immortality in Tolkien, with special attention paid to the case of Turin Turambar and his family.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 71: Call-In Office Hours 4
Dec 26, 2010 • 89 min
The fourth Tolkien Professor open Skype Session, recorded on October 13, 2010. Topics discussed include the Ring and invisibility, Anglo-Saxon, religion, Sam's dialect, death, and the Children of Hurin.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 70: Silmarillion Seminar 01 - Ainulindale
Dec 24, 2010 • 90 min
The inaugural session of the new Silmarillion Seminar, discussing the Ainulindale.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 69: Tolkien Chat 7: Tara Holste II
Nov 24, 2010 • 66 min
A conversation with Tara Holste, a Washington College alum, about Tolkien's thoughts about and depictions of government.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 68: Q and A Session 3
Oct 9, 2010 • 62 min
Discussing the Nazgul's flying mount, the Ring's conferring of invisibility, and the theology of Middle-Earth. Students present: Allison Fischbach, Tessa Fox, and Trevor Williams.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 67: Kalamazoo 2010
Jul 19, 2010 • 23 min
A recording of the two papers on Tolkien I read at the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo in May 2010: The Poetry of the Hobbit and Tolkien's TypologySupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 66: Q and A Session 2
Jul 13, 2010 • 53 min
Discussing Aragorn's prophecies, Goldberry, and Glorfindel's identity. Students present: Rachel Field, Tessa Fox, and Trevor Williams.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 65: Call-In Office Hours 3
Jul 5, 2010 • 42 min
The third Tolkien Professor open Skype Session, recorded on June 3, 2010. Topics discussed include recording my class, goblins and orcs, Bilbo's luck, and Frodo's experiences in Mordor.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 64: Tolkien Chat 6: Scott Holbrook-Foust and Eric Singletary
Jun 24, 2010 • 53 min
A conversation with listeners Scott Holbrook-Foust and Eric Singletary, priamrily on written and oral cultures in Middle-Earth.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 63: Call-In Office Hours 2
Jun 10, 2010 • 57 min
The second Tolkien Professor open Skype Session, recorded on May 20, 2010. Topics discussed include Eowyn's career as a healer, the creation of the world in the Ainulindale, Arwen's jewel, Aragorn's early career, the depiction of the Rohirrim in the…
Episode 62: Q and A Session 1
Jun 3, 2010 • 69 min
Discussing orcs v. goblins, the Watcher in the Water's targeting of Frodo, the lands east of Mordor, the possibility of Gandalf's torturing of Gollum, what happens to Frodo across the Sea, and the absence of religion in Middle-Earth. Students present:…
Episode 61: Tolkien Chat 5: KMO
May 24, 2010 • 46 min
A conversation with KMO, host of the C-Realm Podcast, on the Silmarillion and Tolkien's mythology.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 60: Tolkien Chat 4: Professor Michael Drout
May 21, 2010 • 54 min
A chat with Professor Michael Drout, editor of Tolkien Studies, about Tolkien's metafiction and the study of philology.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 59: Tolkien Chat 3: Elizabeth Bateman
May 14, 2010 • 47 min
A chat with Liz Bateman, Washington College Class of '09, about the power of tragedy in Tolkien's world.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 58: WC Tolkien Course 40 - Return Part VI
May 8, 2010 • 32 min
The ROTK: Book VI.9. Recorded 4/28/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 57: WC Tolkien Course 39 - Return Part V
May 2, 2010 • 46 min
The ROTK: Book VI.6-8. Recorded 4/26/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 56: WC Tolkien Course 38 - Return Part IV
Apr 29, 2010 • 53 min
The ROTK: Book VI.2-5. Recorded 4/23/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 55: WC Tolkien Course 37 - Return Part III
Apr 27, 2010 • 44 min
The ROTK: Book V.8-10, VI.1. Recorded 4/21/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 54: WC Tolkien Course 36 - Return Part II
Apr 22, 2010 • 53 min
The ROTK: Book V.4-7. Recorded 4/19/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 53: WC Tolkien Course 35 - Return Part I
Apr 20, 2010 • 20 min
The ROTK: Book V.1-3. Recorded 4/16/10. Special Guest: Michael Drout!Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 52: Michael Drout Lecture
Apr 17, 2010 • 66 min
TP Bonus Content: Michael Drout Lecture: "Whole Worlds Out of Single Words: Tolkien and Language." Recorded 4/15/10Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 51: WC Tolkien Course 34 - Two Towers Part VI
Apr 14, 2010 • 52 min
The TT: Book IV.6-10. Recorded 4/14/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 50: WC Tolkien Course 33 - Two Towers Part V
Apr 14, 2010 • 20 min
The TT: Book IV.2-5. Recorded 4/12/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 49: WC Tolkien Course 32 - Two Towers Part IV
Apr 12, 2010 • 50 min
The TT: Book III, Chap 10-11; IV.1. Recorded 4/9/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 48: WC Tolkien Course 31 - Two Towers Part III
Apr 10, 2010 • 46 min
The TT: Book III, Chap 7-9. Recorded 4/7/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 47: WC Tolkien Course 30 - Two Towers Part II
Apr 7, 2010 • 47 min
The TT: Book III, Chap 4-6. Recorded 4/5/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 46: WC Tolkien Course 29 - Two Towers Part I
Apr 5, 2010 • 39 min
The TT: Book III, Chap 1-3. Recorded 4/2/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 45: WC Tolkien Course 28 - Fellowship Part VII
Mar 29, 2010 • 46 min
The FOTR: Book II, Chap 7-10. Recorded 3/29/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 44: WC Tolkien Course 27 - Fellowship Part VI
Mar 29, 2010 • 45 min
The FOTR: Book II, Chap 4-6. Recorded 3/26/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 43: WC Tolkien Course 26 - Fellowship Part V
Mar 26, 2010 • 44 min
The FOTR: Book II, Chap 2-3. Recorded 3/24/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 42: WC Tolkien Course 25 - Fellowship Part IV
Mar 24, 2010 • 49 min
The FOTR: Book I, Chap 11 - Book II, Chap 1. Recorded 3/22/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 41: WC Tolkien Course 24 - Fellowship Part III
Mar 20, 2010 • 49 min
The FOTR: Book I, Chaps 7-10. Recorded 3/19/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 40: WC Tolkien Course 23 - Fellowship Part II
Mar 19, 2010 • 60 min
The FOTR: Book I, Chaps 3-6. Recorded 3/18/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 39: Tolkien and Food
Mar 18, 2010 • 34 min
TP Bonus Content: Lecture on Food for Hobbit Luncheon. Recorded 3/17/10Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 38: WC Tolkien Course 22 - Fellowship Part I
Mar 17, 2010 • 42 min
The FOTR: Forw, Prol, Chaps 1-2. Recorded 3/15/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 37: WC Tolkien Course 21 - The Hobbit Part IV
Mar 6, 2010 • 49 min
The Hobbit: Chaps 12-19. Recorded 3/5/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 36: WC Tolkien Course 20 - The Hobbit Part III
Mar 4, 2010 • 47 min
The Hobbit: Chaps 8-11. Recorded 3/3/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 35: WC Tolkien Course 19 - The Hobbit Part II
Mar 2, 2010 • 49 min
The Hobbit: Chaps 5-7. Recorded 3/1/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 34: WC Tolkien Course 18 - The Hobbit Part I
Mar 1, 2010 • 44 min
The Hobbit: Chaps 1-4. Recorded 2/26/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 33: WC Tolkien Course 17 - Silmarillion Part IX
Feb 26, 2010 • 47 min
Silmarillion: Of the Rings of Power. Recorded 2/24/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 32: WC Tolkien Course 16 - Silmarillion Part VIII
Feb 24, 2010 • 49 min
Silmarillion: Akallabeth. Recorded 2/22/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 31: WC Tolkien Course 15 - Silmarillion Part VII
Feb 22, 2010 • 49 min
Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion 22-24. Recorded 2/19/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 30: WC Tolkien Course 14 - Silmarillion Part VI
Feb 18, 2010 • 50 min
Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion 20-21. Recorded 2/17/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 29: WC Tolkien Course 13 - Silmarillion Part V
Feb 17, 2010 • 44 min
Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion 18-19. Recorded 2/15/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 28: WC Tolkien Course 12 - Silmarillion Part IV
Feb 15, 2010 • 56 min
Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion 13-17. Recorded 2/12/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 27: WC Tolkien Course 11 - Silmarillion Part III
Feb 14, 2010 • 74 min
Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion 8-12. Recorded 2/12/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 26: WC Tolkien Course 10 - Silmarillion Part II
Feb 13, 2010 • 75 min
Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion 1-7. Recorded 2/12/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 25: WC Tolkien Course 09 - Silmarillion, Part I
Feb 8, 2010 • 57 min
Silmarillion: Ainulindale and Valaquenta. Recorded 2/5/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 24: WC Tolkien Course 08 - “Smith of Wootton Major” Part II
Feb 4, 2010 • 42 min
"Smith of Wootton Major," Part 2. Recorded 2/3/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 23: WC Tolkien Course 07 - “Smith of Wootton Major” Part I
Feb 3, 2010 • 48 min
"Smith of Wootton Major," Part 1. Recorded 2/1/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 22: WC Tolkien Course 06 - “Leaf by Niggle,” Part II
Jan 31, 2010 • 46 min
"Leaf by Niggle," Part 2. Recorded 1/29/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 21: WC Tolkien Course 05 - “Leaf by Niggle,” Part I
Jan 29, 2010 • 45 min
End of "Mythopoeia" and "Leaf by Niggle," Part 1. Recorded 1/27/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 20: WC Tolkien Course 04 - “Mythopoeia”
Jan 26, 2010 • 54 min
Tolkien's poem "Mythopoeia." Also contains a bonus unabridged recording of the poem. Recorded 1/25/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 19: WC Tolkien Course 03 - “On Fairy-Stories,” Part II
Jan 25, 2010 • 30 min
"On Fairy-Stories," Part 2. Makeup recording following a lamentable software crash in the midst of the live recording (on 1/22/10).Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 18: WC Tolkien Course 02 - “On Fairy-Stories,” Part I
Jan 21, 2010 • 42 min
"On Fairy-Stories," Part 1. Recorded 1/20/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 17: WC Tolkien Course 01 - Introduction
Jan 19, 2010 • 24 min
Introductory material from the first session of my Tolkien course at Washington College. Recorded 1/18/10.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 16: Bilbo Builds His Resume 1
Jan 17, 2010 • 22 min
The Hobbit Series Lecture 5, Part 1, in which we consider the forest of Mirkwood and its denizens. Text: Chapters 8, 9, and 10: "Flies and Spiders," "Barrels Out of Bond," and "A Warm Welcome."Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 15: Call-In Office Hours 1
Jan 9, 2010 • 25 min
The Tolkien Professor takes calls by Skype from listeners. Topics covered include the Eye of Sauron, the death of the Witchking, and Gandalf's death.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 14: Announcements: Fall 2009
Oct 5, 2009 • 7 min
Announcements of imminent events and upcoming new content.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 13: Tolkien Chat 2: Tara Holste
Oct 2, 2009 • 44 min
A chat with Tara Holste, Washington College Class of '07, about class relations in Tolkien's fiction, with a primary focus on the relationship between masters and servants.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 12: Tolkien Chat 1: Ben Kozlowski
Sep 13, 2009 • 42 min
A chat with Ben Kozlowski, Washington College Class of '08, about the knowledge of evil in Tolkien's world.Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 11: Rescued in the Wild, By the Wild 3
Sep 6, 2009 • 29 min
The Hobbit Series Lecture 4, Part 3, in which we examine Beorn, then step back and draw some conclusions about the Wild, followed by a brief discussion of fate and a close reading of the dwarves' song, "The Wind Was on the Withered Heath." Text: Chapters…
Episode 10: Rescued in the Wild, By the Wild 2
Aug 3, 2009 • 14 min
The Hobbit Series Lecture 4, Part 2, in which we take a close look at the goblins, the wargs, and the eagles. Text: Chapters 6 and 7, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire" and "Queer Lodgings"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 9: Rescued in the Wild, By the Wild 1
Jul 31, 2009 • 13 min
The Hobbit Series Lecture 4, Part 1, in which we look at the changes in Bilbo and his relationship with Gandalf and the dwarves. Text: Chapters 6 and 7, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire" and "Queer Lodgings"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 8: On Tolkien’s Secondary World
Jul 27, 2009 • 17 min
A third informal podcast, in which the Tolkien Professor doesn't exactly answer anybody's questions, but talks about some of the issues involved in doing soSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 7: On Dragons and Orcs
Jul 20, 2009 • 21 min
A second informal podcast Q&A, in which the Tolkien Professor discusses Smaug's family history and the social life of orcsSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 6: Tolkien and the Environment
Jul 13, 2009 • 64 min
TP Bonus Content: A live recording of a joint lecture I gave in October 2008 with a former student, Shannon Holste, Washington College '07Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 5: On Wingless Balrogs and Tom Bombadil
Jul 8, 2009 • 22 min
An informal podcast Q&A, in which the Tolkien Professor discusses his views on the winglessness of Balrogs and the identity of Tom BombadilSupport The Tolkien Professor
Episode 4: At the Roots of the Mountain
Jun 15, 2009 • 49 min
The Hobbit Series Lecture 3, in which we come to the turning point of Bilbo's career. Containing a discussion of orcs and a careful reading of the Gollum encounter, riddle by riddle. Text: Chapters 4 and 5, "Over Hill and Under Hill" and "Riddles in the…
Episode 3: The Ridiculous and the Sublime
Jun 15, 2009 • 32 min
The Hobbit Series Lecture 2, in which I look at the beginning of Bilbo's burlarious career and examine the natures of trolls and elves. Text: Chapters 2 and 3, "Roast Mutton" and "A Short Rest"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 2: Took and Baggins
Jun 15, 2009 • 37 min
The Hobbit Series Lecture 1, in which I examine how Tolkien introduces his fantasy world through his flustered little protagonist. Text: Chapter 1, "An Unexpected Party"Support The Tolkien Professor
Episode 1: How to Read Tolkien and Why
Jun 15, 2009 • 28 min
The Intro Lecture, in which I discuss Tolkien's understanding of the nature and importance of storytelling. Primary Text: Tolkien's essay "On Fairy-Stories"Support The Tolkien Professor