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The Road goes ever on! Co-hosts John and Greta Carswell go chapter-by-chapter through all of Tolkien's works in order to discern a more "Tolkien-esque" way of life!


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0102 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk4 - Ch2 - The Passage of the Marshes

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Mar 25, 2017


Concerning “The Passage of the Marshes", from freaky fens to Smeagol split...

  • Announcements & Correspondence - 1:00
  • Stuck between a marsh and a hard place… - 13:45
  • Gollum’s foibles - 17:00
  • Frodo’s doomed outlook - 27:00
  • The Dead Marshes - 40:00
  • The Rider - 48:00
  • The heavy Ring - 53:00
  • Gollum vs. Sm?agol - 56:30
  • Haiku & Correspondence - 1:08:00

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0101 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk4 - Ch1 - The Taming of Sm?agol

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Mar 18, 2017


Concerning “The Taming of Sm?agol”, from rocky ravines to Gollum’s guarantees...

  • On the road again... - 1:00
  • Frodo's Regrets - 8:00
  • An All-Too-Familiar Voice - 20:00
  • Rope! - 29:30
  • Capturing Gollum - 37:00
  • Trusting Gollum? - 46:30
  • Haiku & Correspondence - 57:30

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0100 - Tolkien, the Universe, and Everything

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Mar 11, 2017


Well, we're back!

It's the long-awaited 100th episode, wherein we discuss where we've been, where we're going, and why we started this thing in the first place.

For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com, TrueMyths.org, Facebook.com/TolkienRoad, or follow us on Twitter: @TolkienRoad.



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0099 - Christianity and LOTR - An Interview with Joseph Pearce

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Feb 18, 2017


Concerning Christianity’s influence on and illumination of The Lord of the Rings...
 
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0098 - Unfinished Tales - The Palant?ri

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Feb 11, 2017


Concerning Unfinished Tales' "The Palant?ri", from visions in the distance to the vanquishing of Denethor...

  • Announcements, Correspondence, etc - 1:00
  • The Locations of the Stones - 17:30
  • The Lore of the Stones - 30:00
  • The History of the Stones - 43:30

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0097 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch11 - The Palant?r

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Feb 04, 2017


Concerning “The Palant?r", from the ways of Wizards to the strides of Shadowfax...
  • Announcements & Correspondence - 1:00
  • Setting out from Isengard - 15:00
  • Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards - 23:00
  • Pippin and the Palant?r - 28:00
  • Consequences/The Nazg?l - 39:00
  • Riding Elf-fashion - 48:30
  • Concerning the Palant?ri - 54:00
  • What is the Nazg?l? - 1:11:00
  • Haiku Time - 1:17:00

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0096 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch10 - The Voice of Saruman

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jan 28, 2017


Concerning “The Voice of Saruman”, from Saruman’s semantics to Treebeard's trust...

  • Announcements & Correspondence - 1:00
  • Confronting Saruman - 21:00
  • Th?oden’s Response - 42:00
  • Gandalf vs. Saruman - 48:00
  • Conversation with Treebeard - 1:13:00
  • Haiku Time - 1:18:00

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0095 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch9 - Flotsam and Jetsam

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jan 21, 2017


Concerning “Flotsam and Jetsam", from longbottom leaf to enraged Ents...

  • Announcements & Correspondence - 1:00
  • Longbottom Leaf - 13:00
  • Ents & Huorns - 26:00
  • The Order of Battle - 36:00
  • The Baptism of Isengard - 50:00
  • Wormtongue - 58:00
  • The Mystery of the Pipeweed - 1:01:00
  • Haiku Time - 1:03:00

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0094 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch8 - The Road to Isengard Pt2

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jan 14, 2017


Concerning "The Road to Isengard", from mournful mists to happy hobbits...

  • Announcements & Correspondence - 1:00
  • On the Road Again - 20:00
  • At the Isen Fords - 32:30
  • The Mist? Meanwhile… - 42:00
  • The Region of Isengard - 45:30
  • The Tower of Orthanc - 59:00
  • The Ring of Isengard - 1:05:30
  • Merry & Pippin - 1:09:30
  • Haiku Time! - 1:17:30

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0093 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch8 - The Road to Isengard Pt1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jan 07, 2017


Concerning “The Road to Isengard”, from wondrous woods to glittering caves...

  • Announcements/Correspondence/etc - 1:00
  • Aftermath/The Mystery of the Trees - 21:00
  • To Isengard! - 28:00
  • Burying the Dead/The Dunlanders’ Fate - 32:30
  • The strange woods - 39:00
  • Gimli waxes poetic about the beautiful caves - 46:00
  • The legendary Ents - 1:02:30
  • Haiku time - 1:17:30

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0092 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch7 - Helm's Deep Pt2

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Dec 31, 2016


Concerning "Helm's Deep", from darkening hopes to a new day's dawning...

  • Announcements/Correspondence/Etc - 1:00
  • Dimming Hopes/Gimli's Joy in Battle - 25:00
  • "That old hatred Saruman has inflamed." - 32:00
  • The Deeping Wall is Taken - 40:00
  • Aragorn's Warning - 43:00
  • Theoden's Ride/The Land Has Changed - 47:30
  • Haiku Time - 57:15

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0091 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch7 - Helm's Deep Pt1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Dec 24, 2016


Concerning "Helm's Deep", from a heaviness upon the land to heavy blows in Helm's Deep...

  • Announcements, Correspondence, etc. - 1:00
  • A heaviness upon the land... - 20:00
  • "All Isengard must be emptied..." - 29:00
  • Helm’s Deep - A description - 37:00
  • Race to Helm’s Deep! - 47:00
  • The battle begins! - 55:00
  • Haiku Time - 59:20

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BIG NEWS!!!

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Tue, Dec 20, 2016


We have exciting news to share with you, our faithful listeners. Head on over to Patreon.com/TolkienRoad to learn more.



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0090 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch6 - The King of the Golden Hall Pt2

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Dec 17, 2016


Concerning "The King of the Golden Hall", from the strange paths of hope to the happy warriors of Rohan...

  • Announcements, Correspondence, etc. - 3:30
  • Th?oden’s Hope - 16:00
  • Gr?ma’s last slither - 38:00
  • Saruman’s treachery - 55:00
  • The Fate of Eorl’s House - 1:02:00
  • Ready to Ride! - 1:07:00
  • Haiku Time - 1:13:30

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0089 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch6 - The King of the Golden Hall Pt1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Dec 10, 2016


Concerning "The King of the Golden Hall", from distant views of Edoras to Th?oden's throneroom...

  • Announcements, Correspondence, etc. - 1:00
  • A distant view of Edoras - 26:00
  • "Where now the horse and the rider?" - 31:30
  • Unfriendly greetings - 39:00
  • H?ma the Doorwarden - 43:30
  • Th?oden & Wormtongue - 55:30
  • Gandalf the Great - 1:03:00
  • ?owyn in brief - 1:10:00
  • "Dark have been my dreams of late..." - 1:14:00
  • Haiku Time - 1:16:00

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0088 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch5 - The White Rider Pt2

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Dec 03, 2016


Concerning "The White Rider", from Gandalf's demonslaying to Galadriel's tidings...

  • Announcements, Correspondence, etc. - 1:00
  • Concerning Boromir - 23:30
  • Saruman and the Ring - 27:30
  • Treebeard and the Ents - 35:00
  • War Is Upon Us - 46:30
  • Gandalf vs. the Balrog - 51:00
  • Galadriel's Tidings - 1:00:00
  • Shadowfax - 1:04:00
  • Haiku Time - 1:11:30

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0087 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch5 - The White Rider Pt1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Nov 26, 2016


Concerning "The White Rider", from Merry and Pippin's fate to Gandalf's return...

  • Announcements, correspondence, etc - 1:00
  • More on Ents - 8:30
  • Who was the old man? - 17:30
  • Trying to piece together Merry and Pippin’s fate - 24:45
  • Caught in the Net - 33:00
  • Gandalf the White - 40:00
  • Why Gandalf’s Death Isn’t Bad Storytelling - 50:15
  • Haiku Time - 59:00

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0086 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch4 - Treebeard Pt3

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Nov 19, 2016


Concerning "Treebeard", from Entmoot to legendary Ent-march...

  • Announcements, correspondence, etc - 1:00
  • An important matter - 10:30
  • Entmoot - 13:00
  • Merry and Pippin Discuss Isengard & the Ents - 21:00
  • Bregalad the Hasty - 24:45
  • The Ents on the March! - 31:00
  • Haiku - 42:45

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0085 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch4 - Treebeard Pt2

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Nov 12, 2016


Concerning "Treebeard", from strange beverages to legendary Entwives...

 

  • Announcements/Correspondence/Etc - 1:00
  • Wellinghall/Ent-Draught - 17:30
  • "Nobody is altogether on my side..." - 23:30
  • Saruman's Goals - 30:30
  • Ents and Entwives - 40:00
  • The Song of the Entwives - 53:30
  • Haiku Time - 1:00:00

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0084 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch4 - Treebeard Pt1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Nov 05, 2016


Concerning "Treebeard", from an intro to Ents to Treebeard's song...

  • Announcements & Correspondence - 1:00
  • What Fangorn Is Like - 23:00
  • Introducing Treebeard - 27:00
  • The Lore of Living Creatures - 32:00
  • Off to Treebeards' Home - 38:00
  • Appendix F: Concerning Ents - 41:00
  • The Story of the Ents - 44:00
  • Treebeard's Song - 52:30
  • Haiku Time - 59:00

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0083 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch3 - The Uruk-Hai

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Oct 29, 2016


Concerning "The Uruk-Hai", from Orcs up close and personal to relentless Rohirrim...

  • Announcements, correspondence, etc - 1:00
  • Getting to know the orcs... - 20:00
  • The Halflings: Wanted Alive - 24:00
  • Orcs vs. Orcs - 29:30
  • The Orc-draught - 35:30
  • “Nazg?l, Nazg?l…" - 43:30
  • The Rohirrim attack - 46:15
  • Lembas vs. Orc-draught - 52:30
  • Into the forest... - 54:45
  • The assault of the Rohirrim - 57:15
  • Haiku Time - 1:00:00

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0082 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch2 - The Riders of Rohan

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Oct 22, 2016


Concerning "The Riders of Rohan", from ?omer and the men of the Mark to the burnt bones of Orcs...

  • Announcements, correspondence, etc (1:00)
  • The Lay of the Land/Gondor Poem (7:50)
  • In Pursuit of Orcs (13:15)
  • Riders! (18:55)
  • ?omer, the Rohirrim, and Strange Days (22:45)
  • Aragorn Declares Himself (29:50)
  • “How shall a man judge what to do in such times?" (38:30)
  • Horseman, Horse-elf, Horse-dwarf? (41:00)
  • “The counsel of Gandalf was not founded on foreknowledge or safety…" (43:00)
  • Fangorn, Living Forest (45:00)
  • The Old Man (47:40)
  • Haiku (52:30)

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0081 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk3 - Ch1 - The Departure of Boromir

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Oct 15, 2016


Concerning "The Departure of Boromir", from elegies for Boromir to Aragorn's decision...

  • Announcements, correspondence, etc (2:00)
  • The Death of Boromir (11:00)
  • The White Hand (21:30)
  • Elegies for Boromir (26:00)
  • Aragorn’s Decision (33:30)
  • Haiku Time (37:45)

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0080 - The Silmarillion in 1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Oct 08, 2016


One Episode to Rule Them All!!!

Having completed a chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion (which spans over 30 hours of content), we decided to do an episode where we cover the whole of The Silmarillion in less than an hour. With this one episode, you get the whole enchilada, from "Ainulindal?" to "E?rendil" to the end of the Third Age. If you've always wanted to read The Silmarillion but have never succeeded, then this is the episode for you!

You can also find some helpful resources for The Silmarillion at TrueMyths.org/Silm.

 

 



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0079 - Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age - Pt2

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Oct 01, 2016


Concerning "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age", from Isildur's Downfall to the triumph of the Little People...

  • notes from listeners & news (4:30)
  • The Beginning of the Third Age (14:30)
  • The Fall of Isildur (17:00)
  • The Decline of Arnor (24:00)
  • The Return of the Ring-Wraiths & the Decline of Gondor (28:00)
  • The Wizards (36:30)
  • The Council of the Wise (40:00)
  • The Triumph of the Little People (48:00)
  • The Noldor Depart (56:30)
  • Haiku Time (57:45)

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0078 - Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age - Pt1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sun, Sep 25, 2016


Concerning "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, from the found of Lindon to the Last Alliance of Men and Elves...

  • Correspondence, etc (1:30)
  • First Age and Akallab?th recap (12:30)
  • Lindon, Gil-Galad, and Elrond (20:00)
  • Sauron, Lord of the Gifts (22:30)
  • The Forging of the Rings (25:30)
  • Men = Easy to Ensnare (29:00)
  • The Numenorean Kingdoms of Middle-earth (32:00)
  • The Seven Stones & the White Tree (38:00)
  • Sauron's Return & Assault on Gondor (40:30)
  • The Last Alliance of Men & Elves (44:30)
  • Haiku Time (48:00)

 

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0077 - Akallab?th Pt2

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Sep 17, 2016


Continuing with "Akallab?th", the chronicle of N?men?r's downfall...

Topics include:

  • Note from a Listener: more March 25th connections (2:30)
  • Sauron's Assault Upon Nimloth the Fair (10:00)
  • The Worship of Melkor (13:00)
  • Ar-Pharaz?n's Unholy Crusade (29:30)
  • Amandil Goes West/Elendil Goes East (33:00)
  • Gathering Clouds (36:30)
  • The Assault Upon Aman (39:00)
  • The Great Chasm (41:00)
  • Elendil's Escape & Sauron's Fate (44:30)
  • Haiku (46:00)

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0076 - Akallab?th Pt1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Sep 10, 2016


Concerning "Akallab?th", the chronicle of N?men?r...

On this episode, we begin our look at "Akallab?th", or "The Downfallen", the story of N?men?r’s rise and fall in the Second Age.

  • Josh Sosa on Jackson's Fellowship... (3:00)
  • What "Akallab?th" means... (14:00)
  • The Waldman Letter on the Second Age (15:30)
  • E?rendil & the Edain (20:00)
  • The Downfall of Morgoth & the Raising of N?men?r (23:00)
  • The Religion of N?men?r (29:00)
  • The Ban (34:00)
  • The Escape from Death/N?men?r’s Complaint (37:00)
  • Sauron Returns/The Shadow Awakens (48:00)
  • The Deeds of Ar-Pharaz?n the Golden (49:00)
  • Sauron’s Surrender (51:00)
  • The Worship of the Lord of Darkness (55:00)
  • Haiku Time (1:02:45)

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0075 - Concerning Galadriel

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Sep 03, 2016


Concerning Galadriel, from her name to her hair to the reasons behind her exile...

  • Her Name - 14:00
  • Her Lineage - 18:00
  • Her Exile - 24:30
  • A Penitent? - 32:00

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0074 - Concerning Peter Jackson's Fellowship of the Ring

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


Concerning Peter Jackson's cinematic version of Fellowship of the Ring, from what we loved to what we loathed...

On this episode, Greta and I are fresh off of reading “Fellowship of the Ring” and so we thought it would be fun to go back and watch Peter Jackson’s 2001 film adaptation of the book, and then share our thoughts on it with you guys.

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0073 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk2 - Ch10 - The Breaking of the Fellowship

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Aug 20, 2016


 

Concerning "The Breaking of the Fellowship", from Boromir's fall to Sam's unfailing friendship...

  • A Brief Note on Lembas and Melian - 3:30
  • A Note on Tolkien's Requiem - 7:00
  • Frodo’s Decision - 9:30
  • The Temptation of Boromir - 15:30
  • Frodo in the Ring World - 32:00
  • Meanwhile by the Riverside... - 40:30
  • Boromir’s Confession - 46:00
  • Sam & Frodo - 48:00
  • Haiku Time - 54:30

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0072 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk2 - Ch9 - The Great River

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sun, Aug 14, 2016


Concerning "The Great River", from the mighty Anduin to the attack of the Orcs...

  • A Forgotten Haiku - 4:00
  • F?anor, Gimli, and Galadriel's Hair - 8:00
  • A Journey Down River - 13:00
  • A Log With Eyes - 18:00
  • A Hunting Eagle - 22:00
  • Orc Attack! - 25:00
  • How Long in L?rien? - 29:00
  • Boromir’s Argument - 32:00
  • Pillars of Kings - 36:00
  • Haiku - 41:00

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0071 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk2 - Ch8 - Farewell to L?rien

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Aug 06, 2016


Concerning "Farewell to L?rien", from the designs of Boromir to Galadriel's gifts...

  • Where we left off - 2:45
  • How to proceed? - 10:00
  • Boromir Eyes the Ring - 17:00
  • Lembas - 23:00
  • Rope! - 30:00
  • Galadriel’s Song - 33:00
  • Concerning Fangorn and Rohan - 42:00
  • Gifts for the Fellowship - 44:45
  • Galadriel’s Second Song - 53:45
  • Gimli Wept - 55:45
  • Haiku - 1:01:00

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0070 - Concerning Gandalf and the Istari

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jul 30, 2016


Concerning Gandalf and his wizard brethren the Istari: Saruman, Radagast, and the Blue Wizards.

Topics of discussion:

  • Haiku from Mary Grace - 3:30
  • Spoiler Alert - 7:30
  • Valaquenta on Ol?rin - 9:30
  • Letter 181 - Gandalf the Incarnate Angel - 15:30
  • Unfinished Tales 4-2: The Istari - 34:00
  • Letter 156 - Gandalf's Sacrifice - 57:30

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0069 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk2 - Ch7 - The Mirror of Galadriel

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jul 23, 2016


Concerning "The Mirror of Galadriel", from the heart of Lothl?rien to the temptation of the Noldorin Queen...

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0068 - An Interview with Josh Sosa

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jul 16, 2016


Concerning Josh Sosa, Tolkien Road superfan, from love of ancient myth to Star Wars fandom to the greatness of Theoden and maps...

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0067 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk2 - Ch6 - Lothl?rien

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jul 09, 2016


Concerning "Lothl?rien", from Durin's Crown to the aura of Lothl?rien...

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0066 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk2 - Ch5 - The Bridge of Khaza-d?m

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


Concerning "The Bridge of Khaza-d?m", from hobbit heroics to Gandalf vs the Balrog...

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0065 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk2 - Ch4 - A Journey in the Dark

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jun 25, 2016


Concerning "A Journey in the Dark", from clashes with werewolves to a 40-mile journey under the mountains...



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0064 - Tolkien's Languages

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jun 18, 2016


Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we interview Gabriel Blanchard, a fellow Tolkien enthusiast, about Tolkien’s languages. Gabriel really knows his stuff, and I think you’ll find this discussion very helpful when it comes to understanding the different languages that Tolkien created. Also, be sure to check out TrueMyths.org/Elvish for the show notes as well as links to some helpful resources, Gabriel’s blog, and his recently published book. Thanks for listening, and enjoy the show!



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0063 - Star Wars The Force Awakens: A Tolkienite's Take

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jun 11, 2016


We're back! On this episode, we discuss the merits of Star Wars: The Force Awakens using Tolkien's On Fairy-Stories as a guide. Enjoy! And SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!



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0062 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk2 - Ch3 - The Ring Goes South

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Thu, May 12, 2016


Concerning "The Ring Goes South", from the forging of the Fellowship to the treachery of Caradhras...



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0061 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk2 - Ch2 - The Council of Elrond

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Apr 30, 2016


Concerning "The Council of Elrond", from the story of the Ring to strategies for victory...



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0060 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk2 - Ch1 - Many Meetings

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Apr 23, 2016


Concerning "Many Meetings", from the ways of Rivendell to Bilbo's song of E?rendil...



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0059 - Our Silmarillion Top 5's

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Tue, Apr 12, 2016


On this episode, having completed The Silmarillion with 29 episodes, we round it off to 30 by taking a victory lap, wherein we discuss our Top 5 things about The Silmarillion as a whole. We also discuss where the Tolkien Road should go next. And yes, we’d love to hear from you about your Top 5 Silmarillion things too. Send us an email or leave a comment at TrueMyths!

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0058 - The Silmarillion - Ch24 - Of the Voyage of E?rendil and the War of Wrath

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Apr 02, 2016


Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we discuss the final chapter of The Silmarillion, "The Voyage of E?rendil and the War of Wrath", wherein E?rendil makes his fateful voyage to the Blessed Realm in order to obtain the aid of the Valar.  The First Age ends here, and as you might expect, it’s a very eventful chapter, complete with the downfall of Morgoth, the doom of F?anor’s sons, and the fate of the Silmarils. There’s a whole lot to discuss!  By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

Topics of discussion...

  • Haiku - 9:45
  • E?rendil & Elwing - 18:00
  • The Third Kinslaying - 24:30
  • Return to Valinor - 30:00
  • E?rendil the Star-sailor - 37:00
  • The War of Wrath & the Downfall of Morgoth - 44:00
  • Maedhros, Maglor, and the Oath - 54:00
  • The Return of the Exiles - 61:00

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0057 - Concerning March 25th: Frodo's Quest, the Annunciation, and the Crucifixion

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Mar 26, 2016


Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this special Good Friday episode, we take a moment to consider the place of March 25th, a date of major significance, in Tolkien’s works and philosophy.  We'll see the role it plays within The Lord of the Rings, as well as how it ties the book to Tolkien's Catholic faith. By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

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0056 - The Silmarillion - Ch23 - Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Mar 19, 2016


Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien.  On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 23, "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin", wherein Tuor the son of Huor comes to Gondolin with a dire warning from Ulmo. There’s a whole lot to discuss!  By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

Topics of discussion...

  • Haiku - 4:00
  • Tuor’s Background - 15:30
  • Ulmo & Tuor - 21:00
  • Turgon Won’t Heed Ulmo’s Warning - 30:00
  • Tuor, Idril & Maeglin's Plot - 39:00
  • Tuor, Idril, and E?rendil - 42:00
  • Morgoth Attacks; Glorfindel's Heroics - 52:00
  • Tuor & Idril Flee to Arvernien - 1:00:00
  • Ulmo & the Valar - 1:02:30
  • Tuor & Idril Into the West? - 1:06:30

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0055 - The Silmarillion - Ch22 - Of the Ruin of Doriath

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Mar 12, 2016


Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien.  On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 22, "Of the Ruin of Doriath", wherein H?rin is released from his 28-year bondage and doom comes to Thingol's kingdom. There’s a whole lot to discuss! By the way, if you haven’t already, please pop on over to iTunes and leave us a rating and feedback. It’s easy to do, only takes a moment, and can make a big difference in helping us spread the word about the show! Thanks for listening, and enjoy the episode

  • Haiku - 5:00
  • H?rin, Gondolin, and the Eagles - 11:45
  • H?rin and Morwen - 22:00
  • Nargothrond, M?m, and the Nauglamir - 36:00
  • Thingol’s Downfall - 43:00
  • Melian’s Exodus - 51:00
  • Beren, L?thien, and D?or - 55:00
  • The Sons of F?anor and the Sack of Doriath - 1:02:30

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0054 - The Silmarillion - Ch21 - Of T?rin Turambar - Pt2

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Mar 05, 2016


Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we continue discussing Chapter 21 of The Silmarillion, Of T?rin Turambar. It’s a pretty tragic tale, only slightly more depressing than the current election cycle. LOL! If you liked that bit of topical humor then leave us a rating and feedback on iTunes! Heck, even if you didn’t, leave us a rating anyway. It’s easy to do, only takes a moment, and is the best way to show your appreciation for what we’re doing here. Thanks for listening, and enjoy the show!

  • T?rin & Finduilas - 11:00
  • Ulmo’s Warning & T?rin’s Hubris - 20:00
  • The Sack of Nargothrond - 28:00
  • Slaying of the Easterlings & Finduilas’ Death - 32:00
  • Morwen & Nienor - 37:30
  • T?rin and N?enel - 47:00
  • T?rin Slays Glaurung - 52:00
  • Nienor’s Death - 1:02:00
  • Reckonings and the Black Blade Broken - 1:09:00
  • Tragedy - 1:19:00

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0053 - The Silmarillion - Ch21 - Of T?rin Turambar - Pt1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Feb 27, 2016


Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we begin our discussion of Chapter 21 of The Silmarillion, "Of T?rin Turambar". The tale of T?rin is a long one, so it’s definitely going to take more than one episode to cover. It’s also quite tragic and sad, so make sure you’ve got a box of tissues nearby. Speaking of tragedies, it would certainly be tragic if you missed this opportunity to leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. It’s easy to do, only takes a moment, and is the best way to show your appreciation for what we’re doing here. Thanks for listening, and enjoy the show!

  • Haiku - 2:30
  • Tolkien on T?rin - 10:30
  • The Lay of the Children of H?rin - 14:30
  • T?rin’s family history - 17:30
  • T?rin in Doriath - 23:30
  • T?rin’s Pride - 30:00
  • Beleg, the Sword, and Lembas - 36:00
  • M?m the Petty-Dwarf - 40:00
  • The Counsels of Morgoth - 51:30
  • T?rin captured - 53:00
  • Beleg’s Death - 57:30
  • The Curse of H?rin - 59:30

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0052 - The Silmarillion - Ch20 - Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Feb 20, 2016


Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we discuss Chapter 20 of The Silmarillion, "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad". It’s an action-packed chapter and an important turning point in the fortunes of the Eldar.  By the way, if you haven’t already, please pop on over to iTunes and leave us a rating and feedback. It’s easy to do, only takes a moment, and can make a big difference in helping us spread the word about the show! Thanks for listening, and enjoy the episode

  • Haiku time - 5:00
  • Beren and L?thien epilogue - 14:00
  • The Union of Maedhros - 19:00
  • Turgon Arrives - 29:00
  • The Fifth Battle: Unnumbered Tears - 32:30
  • The Triumph of Morgoth - 50:00
  • Cirdan and the Seven Ships - 58:30
  • H?rin’s Torment - 1:03:00

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0051 - The Silmarillion - Ch19 - Of Beren and L?thien - Pt 2

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Feb 06, 2016


Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. This week, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion Chapter 19, the story of Beren and L?thien.  By the way, if you haven’t already, please pop on over to iTunes and leave us a rating and feedback. It’s easy to do, only takes a moment, and can make a big difference in helping us spread the word about the show! Thanks for listening, and enjoy the episode

  • Beren and Finrod in the Dungeon - 4:30
  • L?thien and Huan to the rescue - 7:00
  • L?thien the Dreamweaver - 24:00
  • Celegorm & Curufin - 28:00
  • The invasion of Angband - 34:30
  • Carcharoth’s Rampage - 39:30
  • A Silmaril Obtained - 43:00
  • The Return to Doriath - 52:00
  • The Hunt - 1:00:00
  • L?thien’s Plea - 1:05:00

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0050 - The Silmarillion - Ch19 - Of Beren and L?thien - Pt 1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Wed, Jan 27, 2016


Concerning "Of Beren and L?thien", Chapter 19 of The Silmarillion...

Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien.  It’s our 50th episode! And it also just so happens to be the episode where we discuss Chapter 19 of The Silmarillion, “Of Beren and L?thien.” It’s an amazing chapter, an epic tale all by itself, so epic that we weren’t able to cram it all in to one episode. So this is part 1, with part 2 to follow next time. If you haven’t read the story before, we hope you’ll be inspired to do so by our conversation. Thanks for listening, and enjoy the show!

- Haiku - 6:30
- Tolkien’s letters concerning Beren and L?thien - "The Seed of Middle-earth” - 16:00
- Barahir’s band - 25:00
- Gorlim & Sauron - 26:30
- Beren and L?thien meet - 35:00
- Thingol’s brideprice - 49:00
- Finrod vs. Sauron: A Battle of Song - 1:04:00

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0049 - The Silmarillion - Ch18 - Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Thu, Jan 21, 2016


Concerning "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin", Chapter 18 of The Silmarillion...

Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 18, "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin", wherein Angband breaks loose upon Beleriand with incredible fury. There’s a whole lot to discuss! Enjoy the show!

- Poems 4:00
- Fingolfin’s forebodeing 15:00
- The Battle of Sudden Flame 19:00
- Barahir Saves Finrod 25:20
- Fingolfin vs. Morgoth 30:00
- A New High King 42:50
- Minas Tirith 45:00
- H?rin and Huor in Gondolin 51:00
- Missions to Valinor 57:00
- Barahir’s Band 59:45

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0048 - The Silmarillion - Ch17 - Of the Coming of Men Into the West

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jan 16, 2016


Concerning "Of the Coming of Men Into the West", Chapter 17 of The Silmarillion...
 
Hey there fellow travelers! On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 17, Of the Coming of Men into the West, wherein we learn of the origin of the Edain, also known as Men. Chapter 17 is the last bit of stage-setting before the pace really begins to pick up again. Enjoy the show!
  • Poems 1:30
  • The 3 Houses of Men 14:00
  • Finrod’s Music 18:30
  • The Darkness That Lies Behind 21:00
  • Green-Elves & Men = Unfriends 26:45
  • Finrod & B?or 28:30
  • Edain/Atani/Men 29:45
  • Thingol & Melian’s Prophecy 32:00
  • Bereg’s Rebellion 34:15
  • Haleth and the Haladin 38:45
  • Be?r’s Death 42:30

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0047 - The Silmarillion - Ch16 - Of Maeglin

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Tue, Dec 22, 2015


Concerning "Of Maeglin", Chapter 16 of The Silmarillion...

Hey there fellow travelers! On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 16, Of Maeglin, wherein we learn the story the dark elf E?l and the Noldorin princess Aredhel. By the way, if you haven’t already, we would really appreciate it if you left The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. There’s no better way to declare your undying love for this podcast. Enjoy the show!

  • Pronunciation 1:30
  • Poems 4:20
  • Aredhel's Wanderlust & Travels 9:00
  • Concerning E?l - 23:30
  • Concerning Maeglin - 31:30
  • The Escape - 37:30
  • Curufin and E?l - 41:00
  • Turgon, E?l, and the Tragedy of Aredhel - 45:00
  • Idril and Maeglin - 52:00

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0046 - The Silmarillion - Ch15 - Of the Noldor in Beleriand

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Tue, Dec 15, 2015


Concerning "Of the Noldor in Beleriand", Chapter 15 of The Silmarillion...

Hey there fellow travelers! On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 15, "Of the Noldor in Beleriand", wherein we learn of the founding of Gondolin, and the wicked deeds of the Noldor come to light. By the way, if you haven’t already, we would really appreciate it if you left The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. There’s no better way to declare your undying love for this podcast. Enjoy the show!

  • Haiku Time
  • Turgon, Ulmo, and Gondolin - 11:15
  • Galadriel and Melian - 23:30
  • Thingol’s ban - 29:45

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0045 - The Silmarillion - Ch14 - Of Beleriand and Its Realms

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Dec 07, 2015


Concerning "Of Beleriand and Its Realms," Chapter 14 of The Silmarillion...

On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 14, "Of Beleriand and Its Realms." In Chapter 14, we get a detailed run down of the geographical layout of Beleriand. It’s not the most exciting chapter, but hey, that never stopped us from going on and on about something.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Tolkien’s Gift for Descriptive Landscapes
  • But why put this chapter here? Things were just getting exciting!
  • The Map = The Key...kind of.
  • Beleriand’s Boundaries
  • Key Realms
  • Key Cities —> Read About Nargothrond
  • And more!

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0044 - The Silmarillion - Ch13 - Of the Return of the Noldor

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Nov 23, 2015


Concerning "Of the Return of the Noldor," Chapter 13 of The Silmarillion...

On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 13. In this chapter, the Noldor arrive in the north of Beleriand after their mass exodus from Valinor, only to be greeted by the armies of Morgoth. A lot happens in this chapter, and that means there’s a ton to talk about. Topics of discussion include:

  • The 2nd Battle of Beleriand
  • F?anor’s Death
  • Maedhros’ Torment
  • Thingol vs. the Noldor
  • Ulmo’s Influence
  • The Founding of Nargothrond
  • Galadriel & Celeborn
  • The 3rd Battle of Beleriand (The Glorious Battle)
  • Glaurung the First Dragon
  • Siege of Angband

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the RingsThe Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0043 - The Silmarillion - Ch12 - Of Men

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Tue, Nov 17, 2015


Concerning "Of Men", Chapter 12 of The Silmarillion...

On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 12, "Of Men". In this short chapter, we learn a bit about the early history of Men in Tolkien’s secondary world and how they relate to the Elves and the Valar.  Topics of discussion include:

  • The Years of the Sun
  • The Names of Men
  • The Works of Ulmo
  • Of Elves and Men
  • The Fate of Men
  • The Great Men
  • And as always, we discuss our favorite passages and the haiku we composed for this chapter.

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the RingsThe Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0042 - The Silmarillion - Ch11 - Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Nov 09, 2015


We're back! We apologize for our absence; it's time to move on down the road...

On this episode of The Tolkien Road, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 11, Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor. We cover topics ranging from the "Happy Fault" philosophy of Manw? to the creation of the Sun and Moon to the curious inaction of the Valar.

  • Poems 4:00
  • The Death of F?anor & “Evil Shall Be Good to Have Been" 13:00
  • The Fruits of the Two Trees 24:00
  • The Laziness of the Valinorians 29:00
  • The Consequences of the Sun and Moon 36:00
  • Morgoth Assails the Moon 41:50
  • Fortifying & Hiding Valinor 43:15

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0041 - Tolkien's Letters - Letter 250 - Concerning Tolkien's Faith

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Oct 19, 2015


Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien.  On this episode, we begin a discussion of Tolkien’s Letters by considering a 1963 letter he wrote to his son Michael. In this letter, Tolkien seeks to help Michael work through a period where he felt depressed. In doing so, Tolkien opens up about his own faith, and how he keeps his head afloat in the world.  By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!



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0040 - The Silmarillion - Ch10 - Of the Sindar

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Oct 12, 2015


Concerning "Of the Sindar", Chapter 10 of The Silmarillion, wherein we find out what's been happening back in Beleriand...

Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we resume our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 10, "Of the Sindar", wherein we learn what’s been going on with Thingol, Melian, and the rest of the folks that missed the boat to the Blessed Realm. By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

Topics of discussion include:

  • Tolkien Haiku 5:15
  • Silmarillion Review 17:45
  • Beleriand Map 20:15
  • How Long is 3 Ages? 21:30
  • Thingol, Melian, and the Sindar 24:00
  • Concerning Dwarves 26:50
  • Orcs, Wolves, etc. 33:20
  • Concerning the Nandor 40:15
  • Orom? still rides 47:00
  • Ungoliant spreads terror 48:00
  • Morgoth Returns & The First Battle 49:30
  • The Girdle of Melian 55:00

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0038 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch12 - Flight to the Ford

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Sep 28, 2015


Concerning "Flight to the Ford," Book 1 Chapter 12 of The Lord of the Rings, wherein Strider and the hobbits deal with the aftermath of the Black Riders' attack...

Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 12 of Fellowship, Flight to the Ford, wherein Strider and the hobbits make a last desperate dash for Rivendell. By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

Topics of discussion include:

  • Tolkien Haiku (4:00)
  • What Sam saw… (16:30)
  • The mighty name of Elbereth (22:00)
  • Athelas (24:40)
  • Frodo’s regret (28:00)
  • Frodo growing ill (34:00)
  • Bilbo’s Trolls (36:45)
  • Sam’s Poem (readaloud) (44:55)
  • Glorfindel (51:00)
  • Description of Black Riders (59:30)
  • The Mighty Waters (1:07:00)
  • Favorite Passages (1:12:00)

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0036 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch11 - A Knife in the Dark

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Tue, Sep 15, 2015


Concerning "A Knife in the Dark," Book 1, Chapter 11 of The Lord of the Rings, wherein the hobbits Strider set out on the long road to Rivendell...

Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien.  On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 11 of Fellowship, A Knife in the Dark, wherein the hobbits depart Bree with Strider, rmake their way to Weathertop, and get attacked by the Black Riders. We also discuss Strider’s telling of the tale of Tin?viel as well as the legendary Gil-galad.  By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!"

Topics of discussion include:

  • Tolkien Haiku for Book 1, Chapter 11 of LOTR (6:20)
  • Departing Bree (20:00)
  • The Journey to Weathertop (23:30)
  • Gilgalad (37:10)
  • How the Black Riders sense things (42:30)
  • The Tale of Tin?viel (46:00)
  • The Attack of the Black Riders (55:30)
  • Favorite passages (1:05:30)
  • And much more!

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. You can learn more by visiting TrueMyths.org, following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter, and liking TrueMyths.org on Facebook.



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0033 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch10 - Strider

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Aug 24, 2015


Concerning "Strider", Book 1, Chapter 10 of The Lord of the Ringswherein we learn more about the mysterious Ranger...

Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien.  On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 10 of Fellowship, "Strider", wherein we learn more about the mysterious Ranger, receive Gandalf’s letter, and find out about Merry’s run in with the Black Riders. We also discuss the wonderful “All that glitters is not gold” poem.  By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

Topics of discussion include:

  • Tolkien Haiku for Book 1, Chapter 10 (~3:00)
  • "Behind the Haiku" by Greta (~9:45)
  • Guest Haiku (~13:45)
  • Greta's favorite passage (~16:45)
  • John's favorite passage (~30:20)
  • Gandalf's Letter (~32:30)
  • Gandalf's whereabouts (~36:15)
  • Merry's return (~39:15)
  • The good will of Butterbur and Nob (~44:30)
  • And much more!

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0031 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch09 - At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Aug 10, 2015


Concerning "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony", Book 1, Chapter 9 of The Lord of the Ringsin which the hobbits visit Bree...

Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien.  On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 9 of Fellowship, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony, wherein we experience the town of Bree, meet the mysterious Ranger Strider, see the Ring play a trick, and are entertained by Frodo’s rendition of the Man in the Moon. By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

Topics of discussion include:

  • Tolkien Haiku for Book 1, Chapter 9 (~6:45)
  • Favorite passages from Book 1, Chapter 9 (~19:00)
  • Barrows & Barrow-wights: Corrections & Clarifications (~26:40)
  • Bree (~31:20)
  • Strider (~39:35)
  • The Ring Incident (~52:14)
  • And much more!

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.

 



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0030 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch08 - Fog on the Barrow-Downs

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Aug 03, 2015


Concerning "Fog on the Barrow-Downs", Book 1, Chapter 8 of The Lord of the Rings, in which the Barrow-wight attacks...

What is a Barrow-wight? Who are the men of Carn-D?m? Is there any connection between them and the Black Riders? What’s up with Frodo’s latest mysterious dream? On this episode of The Tolkien Road, we discuss all this and more as we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 8 of Fellowship, "Fog on the Barrow Downs."

Topics of discussion include:

  • What is a barrow?
  • What is a barrow-wight?
  • Who are the men of Carn-d?m?
  • Saying goodbye to Goldberry.
  • How this chapter shows the vast ancient history of Middle-earth.
  • Frodo's dream.
  • And much more!

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0029 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch07 - In the House of Tom Bombadil

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Jul 27, 2015


Concerning "In the House of Tom Bombadil", Book 1, Chapter 7 of The Lord of the Rings, in which we ponder all things Bombadil...

On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 7 of Fellowship, "In the House of Tombadil". As the title of this chapter would suggest, our discussion on this episode consists mainly in attempting to answer the question “Who is Tom Bombadil?” We consider both the evidence contained in this chapter as well as the things Tolkien had to say about Bombadil in his letters. It’s an easy question to get lost in, and we have a lot of fun exploring it. 

Topics of discussion include:

  • Who is Tom Bombadil?
  • Who is Goldberry?
  • What does it mean that Tom is "Master?"
  • How has Tom taken a "vow of poverty?"
  • How can Tom have power over Old Man Willow?
  • Why did Tolkien include Tom in the story even though he admitted he didn't do much to advance the plot?
  • And much more!

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0028 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch06 - The Old Forest

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Jul 20, 2015


Concerning "The Old Forest", Book 1, Chapter 6 of The Lord of the Rings, in which Frodo and company enter the Perilous Realm...

On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 6 of Fellowship, "The Old Forest", in which Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin set out on their journey through the Old Forest and encounter a far more dangerous road than they expected. Chapter 6 also introduces the mysterious Tom Bombadil, one of Tolkien’s most enigmatic figures. There’s a lot to talk about, including:

  • Who is Old Man Willow?
  • Why does the Old Forest seem alive?
  • The beauty of the word "Withywindle"
  • Our favorite passages from this chapter
  • The location of Tom Bombadil's house
  • And much more!

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0027 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch05 - A Conspiracy Unmasked

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Jul 10, 2015


Concerning "A Conspiracy Unmasked", Book 1, Chapter 5 of The Lord of the Rings, in which our heroes decide to take a bath and the road less travelled...

On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book1, Chapter 5 of Fellowship, "A Conspiracy Unmasked", in which Frodo, Sam, and Pippin enjoy a warm bath and decide to make their way to Bree via the ominous Old Forest. Chapter 5 stands out as the last “Shire” chapter, the deep breath before the hobbits plunge into epic danger and adventure. As such, it establishes the good things that the hobbits must leave behind in order to carry the Ring to safety. Chapter 5 ends with an account of Frodo’s numinous tower dream, which, although quite enigmatic, seems to hold a great deal of significance for Tolkien based upon its similarities to a pre-Hobbit work of his. Though not a lot of advancing action happens in Chapter 5, there’s still plenty to talk about, as is always the case with Tolkien.

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0026 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch04 - A Shortcut to Mushrooms

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Jul 04, 2015


Concerning Book 1 Chapter 4 of The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Shortcut to Mushrooms”...

On this episode of The Tolkien Road, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 4 of Fellowship, "A Shortcut to Mushrooms." This is a strange chapter. It could be argued that it’s the most uneventful chapter in the whole book, with no major development in plot and not much new information revealed. Nevertheless, Tolkien chose to include it, and so on this episode we consider why he did.  We also examine the development of various characters, including Sam and Farmer Maggot. And on the haiku front, a surprise is unveiled. 

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the RingsThe Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.


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0025 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch03 - Three Is Company

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Jun 26, 2015


Concerning Book 1 Chapter 3 of The Fellowship of the Ring, “Three Is Company”...

On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book1, Chapter 3 of Fellowship, Three Is Company. In this chapter, Frodo sets out from Hobbiton and does a whole lot of walking. Of course, he also has a near disastrous run-in with the mysterious black riders and encounters Gildor, a Noldoran Elf of the First Age. Also, thanks to contributions from listeners, we experience a veritable haiku tsunami. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.


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0024 - The Lord of the Rings - Bk1 - Ch02 - The Shadow of the Past

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Jun 19, 2015


Concerning Book 1 Chapter 2 of The Fellowship of the Ring, “The Shadow of the Past”...

On this episode of the Tolkien Road, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Chapter 2 of Fellowship, "The Shadow of the Past." While consisting mostly in dialogue, I consider this to be one of the prime examples of why I love Tolkien’s style so much. Along the way we discuss our love of Sam Gamgee and how anyone could possibly not love him, as well as engage in a brief though heated discussion of the literary merits of The Hunger Games. I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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0023 - The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - Bk1 - Ch1 - A Long Expected Party

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Jun 12, 2015


Concerning Book 1 Chapter 1 of The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Long Expected Party”...
 
On this episode of The Tolkien Road, we finally launch into Chapter 1 of The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long Expected Party". Among other things, we discuss the themes of magic, legend, and locality as they play out in this chapter, as well as the indications that Bilbo’s Ring is more than just a curious artifact. Plus, we do the math on Bilbo's infamous compliment, and determine it was kind of a nice thing to say. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
 
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0022 - On Fairy-Stories - Tolkien's Literary Manifesto

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Jun 05, 2015


On this episode of The Tolkien Road, we examine and discuss Tolkien’s influential essay On Fairy-Stories. While both Greta and I are hungry to start our read-through of The Lord of the Rings, I felt it was important to consider the ideas Tolkien lays out in On Fairy-Stories because of the role they play in The Lord of the Rings. After all, this is the place where he lays out the distinctively Tolkienian concepts of Recovery, Escape, Consolation, Subcreation, and Eucatastrophe. Similarly, he discusses his ideas of how story-telling and the story of Jesus Christ are related. It’s quite beautiful and insightful. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0021 - The Lord of the Rings - Prologue (Concerning Hobbits)

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, May 29, 2015


On this episode of Tolkien Road, we continue with The Lord of the Rings by discussing the Prologue, the section that begins with "Concerning Hobbits." We cover the origin and nature of hobbits, pipeweed, the structure of hobbit society, and Bilbo's little white lie regarding Gollum and the Ring. We also examine the fascinating narrative structure that Tolkien begins to apply in this section.

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0020 - The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien's Foreword

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, May 22, 2015


On this episode of Tolkien Road, we turn to The Lord of the Rings and begin our journey through the Third Age of Middle-earth with Tolkien's foreword to the Second Edition. This is an important section, because in it Tolkien discusses his reasons for writing the book. We’ll also discuss just what he means when he says that The Lord of the Rings is a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work." 

 

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0019 - The Silmarillion - Ch09 - Of the Flight of the Noldor - Pt 2

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, May 15, 2015


On this episode of Tolkien Road, John & Greta continue their chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion with the second part of Chapter 9, "Of the Flight of the Noldor", wherein F?anor leads the Noldor on a hell-bound quest to attack Morgoth and reclaim the Silmarils.

 

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0018 - The Silmarillion - Ch09 - Of the Flight of the Noldor - Pt 1

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, May 08, 2015


On this episode of Tolkien Road, John & Greta continue their chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion with the first part of Chapter 9, "Of the Flight of the Noldor", wherein the Valar must determine what to do after the attack on the Two Trees. We also look at Melkor’s next steps, and what becomes of his partnership with Ungoliant.

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien Road is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0017 - The Silmarillion - Ch08 - Of the Darkening of Valinor

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, May 01, 2015


Welcome to the 17th episode of The Tolkien Road podcast (formerly known as Talking Tolkien).

On this episode, John & Greta continue their chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion with Chapter 8, Of the Darkening of Valinor, wherein Melkor and the giant spider Ungoliant throw the Blessed Realm into overwhelming darkness. Sounds like a fun-packed family adventure, eh?

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0016 - Talking Tolkien is now The Tolkien Road!

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sun, Apr 26, 2015


Talking Tolkien is now The Tolkien Road podcast. On this episode, Greta and I discuss the reasons behind the name change as well as what the future will hold. The Road goes ever on!

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0015 - The Silmarillion - Ch07 - Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Apr 17, 2015


Only 15 episodes in, and we finally find out what a Silmaril is and where they came from!

On this episode, John & Greta continue their chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion with Chapter 7, Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor. Things are starting to get ugly in the Blessed Realm! We discuss topics ranging from the origin of the Silmarils to Melkor's schemes to the desire for light in Middle-earth (and what exactly that's all about). Also, Greta completely outdoes John with her Tolkien haiku, proving that, like Bilbo to Gandalf, "When I left you I was but the learner; now I am the master." That was from The Hobbit, right?

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0014 - Mythopoeia - Tolkien's Poem for C.S. Lewis

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Apr 11, 2015


Tolkien addresses his philosophy-poem "Mythopoeia" to C.S. Lewis, who said that myths were "lies breathed through silver." 

In this episode, we discuss the meaning of "Mythopoeia" and how it serves as a sort of spiritual and creative manifesto for Tolkien. Plus, Greta comes up with some killer haikus on the fly.

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0013 - The Silmarillion - Ch06 - Of F?anor and the Unchaining of Melkor

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Apr 04, 2015


Who is F?anor and why is he important? And who thought it was a good idea to let Melkor out of the dungeon?!?! C'MON MAN!!! Way.

On this episode, John & Greta discuss Chapter 06 of The Silmarillion, Of F?anor and the Unchaining of Melkor. Plus, we hear from a listener with a really cool comment, and discuss Tolkien's views on the Eucharist.

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0012 - The Silmarillion - Ch05 - Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldali?

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Mar 27, 2015


How did the Elves get to Aman? Whatever became of Thingol? Where does Galadriel come from? And why did we forget a critical Wayne's World reference in the Thingol and Melian episode? We explore all these issues and more in Episode 12. Plus, Greta busts out her own killer haiku!!!

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history and background of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.

 



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0011 - Leaf By Niggle - Pt 2 - The Story

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Thu, Mar 19, 2015


Join us as we discuss "Leaf By Niggle", my favorite non-Middle-earth Tolkien story. "Leaf By Niggle" is a mythical story about creativity and love of neighbor with a wonderful conclusion. In the second of a two-part series, we discuss the profound meaning contained in what Tolkien referred to as his "purgatorial" story and the story that reflected his anxities about completing Lord of the Rings.

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0010 - Leaf By Niggle - Pt 1 - Introduction

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Mar 13, 2015


"Leaf By Niggle" is one of Tolkien's lesser known works, but it yields a ton of insight into his own creative vision. In the first of a two-part series, we discuss what Tolkien himself had to say about the story he wrote one morning in the late 30's. This is also my favorite non-Middle-earth Tolkien work - it's just a beautiful story.

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0009 - The Silmarillion - Ch04 - Of Thingol and Melian

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Wed, Mar 04, 2015


Tolkien's first story of inter-species love concerns Thingol and Melian. Find out why the shortest chapter in The Silmarillion is one of the most important in the history of Middle-earth as we explore the 4th chapter of The Silmarillion proper, Of Thingol and Melian. Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0007 - The Silmarillion - Ch03 - Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Wed, Mar 04, 2015


Where did the Elves come from and what is their doom? What should the Valar do about Melkor? We explore these questions and more in our discussion of the 3rd chapter of The Silmarillion proper, Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor. Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0008 - Evan Palmer interview

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Thu, Feb 26, 2015


We sit down with illustrator Evan Palmer of EvanPalmerComics.com to discuss his graphic interpretation of Ainulindal?. It's an illuminating interview for a fascinating work! You can find Evan's work at EvanPalmerComics.com/Ainulindale.

Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0006 - On Enjoying Tolkien or Reasons Why

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Feb 23, 2015


Why spend so much time talking and writing about Tolkien? What does it mean to fully enjoy something? We discuss these matters, with a little help from C.S. Lewis, on our first non-Silmarillion episode. Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0005 - The Silmarillion - Ch02 - Of Aul? and Yavanna

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Feb 23, 2015


Where did Dwarves, Ents, and Eagles come from? We explore these questions and more in our discussion of the 2nd chapter of The Silmarillion proper, Of Aul? and Yavanna. Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0004 - The Silmarillion - Ch01 - Of the Beginning of Days

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Tue, Feb 17, 2015


On the 4th episode of the Talking Tolkien podcast, co-hosts John & Greta Carswell examine the 1st chapter of The Silmarillion proper, Of the Beginning of Days. Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths.



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0003 - The Silmarillion - Valaquenta

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Fri, Feb 13, 2015


On the third episode of the Talking Tolkien podcast, co-hosts John & Greta Carswell examine Valaquenta, the second section in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org. You can learn more by following @tolkienwisdom on Twitter and following TrueMyths.org on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueMyths



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0002 - The Silmarillion - Ainulindal?

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Sat, Feb 07, 2015


On the second episode of the Talking Tolkien podcast, co-hosts John & Greta Carswell examine Ainulindal?, the first section in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org.



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0001 - The Silmarillion - Introduction

john@truemyths.org (John Carswell)Author: John Carswell
Mon, Feb 02, 2015


On the first episode of the Talking Tolkien podcast, co-hosts John & Greta Carswell provide an introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion and introduce some of the many themes they will be covering as they move through The Silmarillion chapter-by-chapter over the next several episodes. Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history of The Hobbit's world!

Talking Tolkien is the podcast of the website TrueMyths.org.



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