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The Tolkien Professor

473 EpisodesProduced by The Tolkien Professor (Corey Olsen)Website

The Tolkien Professor podcast is a series of lectures, discussions, and seminars on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Corey Olsen, President of Signum University. All are welcome to enter – even those without any party business!

473 Episodes | 2009 - 2022

473: Other Minds and Hands, Episode 9

May 14th, 2022

1:54:14

Join Corey and Maggie as they discuss their whirlwind trip to London for Amazon Prime Video's Sneak Peek Rings of Power experience!

Other Minds and …

472: Other Minds and Hands, Episode 8

April 23rd, 2022

1:42:07

Today we are joined by the Voice of Geekdom, to talk about the idea of "canon".

Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien …

471: SilmFilm 6-09: Beren and Lúthien – Part 3

April 23rd, 2022

2:21:52

Tonight: How many dogfights do we really want to do in one episode? And how do we depict the dynamics of Beren and Luthien's relationship at this …

469: Other Minds and Hands, Episode 6

April 15th, 2022

1:48:23

Today we are joined by Tolkien scholar Robin Reid, to discuss different approaches to talking about race in Tolkien.

Other Minds and Hands: An Open …

470: Other Minds and Hands, Episode 7

April 15th, 2022

1:54:42

Today we will think through the Elvish political situation in Eriador in the Second Age, considering the opportunities and challenges that the Rings …

467: Other Minds and Hands, Episode 5

April 3rd, 2022

1:38:17

Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 5,
recorded on March 30, 2022

Hosts:
Dr. Corey Olsen the …

466: Other Minds and Hands, Episode 4

March 26th, 2022

1:41:54

Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 4,
recorded on March 23, 2022

Today, Corey and Maggie are …

465: SilmFilm 6-07: Beren and Lúthien – Part 1

March 22nd, 2022

1:51:47

Tonight we start on the Beren and Luthien story, and we decide the order of the first part of the season.

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464: Other Minds and Hands, Episode 3

March 20th, 2022

1:44:30

Today we pause to take a real look at the Rings of Power trailer -- not to speculate about events or to worry about details, but to consider themes …

463: Other Minds and Hands, Episode 2

March 14th, 2022

1:39:07

Today we have both cohosts, and we are also joined by our first guest: Knewbettadobetta, whom you can follow on TikTok. Today we'll discuss the …

462: SilmFilm 6-06: Nargothrond and Doriath

March 10th, 2022

2:42:04

So how do we shape the Nargothrond and Doriath suplots of the Beren and Luthien story?

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461: Other Minds and Hands, Episode 1

February 27th, 2022

1:53:04

Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 1,
recorded on February 23, 2022

In the first episode of Other …

460: SilmFilm 6-05: Glaurung, Thingol, and...?

February 21st, 2022

1:59:07

So, what exactly is Glaurung up to during the Beren and Luthien story?

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456: SilmFilm 6-03: Sauron and Thuringwethil

January 31st, 2022

2:04:02

Okay, so what is Thuringwethil's story, anyway? How did she die, but also, how did she live? And what does this tell us about Sauron?

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457: SilmFilm 6-04: Villains - Dorthonion

January 31st, 2022

1:54:28

Meanwhile, what exactly happened in Dorthonion? How is Sauron involved? Thuringwethil?

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455: SilmFilm 6-02: Villains

December 24th, 2021

2:14:18

And now to plan one of Sauron's big moments: his rise and fall in the Luthien story. And what happened to Thuringwethil anyway?

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454: SilmFilm 6-01: Big Picture Questions

December 13th, 2021

2:01:53

The day has come! It is finally time to embark on the first-ever film adaptation of the story of Beren and Luthien. Let's do this!

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453: SilmFilm 5-41: Episode 13 - End of Dagor Bragollach & Fingolfin's Duel

November 1st, 2021

2:43:04

Join us for the final session of Season 5, as we discuss the end of the Dagor Bragollach and the Duel of Fingolfin and Morgoth.

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452: SilmFilm 5-40: The Music of Season 5

October 20th, 2021

3:03:36

What's the score? Tonight we hear and discuss the music composed for Season 5!

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451: SilmFilm 5-39: Season 5, Episode 12 - Dagor Bragollach, Part 1

September 29th, 2021

1:53:59

It's time for Episode 12, the first half of the Dagor Bragollach. Join us as the flames sweep across northern Beleriand!

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450: SilmFilm 5-38: Frame Discussion

September 13th, 2021

1:55:21

Tonight we discuss the Frame story! Incanus in Harad. Will Gandalf smoke a hookah and ride a white oliphaunt? What is the origin story of the …

449: SilmFilm 5-37: Episode 11 - The Athrabeth and Fingolfin's Big Push

September 8th, 2021

1:56:30

Tonight, the heart of Season 5: the Athrabethof Finrod and Andreth! This is awesome stuff.

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448: SilmFilm 5-36: Sets, Locations, and Props

August 18th, 2021

2:24:11

Silm Film 5-36 (08/12/21) Sets, Locations, and Props
Corey Olsen and Dave Kale are joined by Marie Prosser for a post-production session to discuss the possible Locations, Set Design choices, and Props that will be used …

447: SilmFilm 5-35: Season 5 Episode 10 Continued - Fingolfin's Vision

August 5th, 2021

2:05:22

Silm Film 5-35 (07/29/21)
Corey Olsen and Dave Kale are joined by Nick Palazzo to continue discussing Episode 10. While the story of Aredhel's death …

445: SilmFilm 5-34: Season 5 Episode 10

July 10th, 2021

1:57:08

Silm Film 5-34 (7/8/21)
Season 5 Episode 10: Bound Together
Corey Olsen and Dave Kale are joined by Marie Prosser to discuss the final episode for …

444: SilmFilm 5-33: Season 5 Casting

July 6th, 2021

1:54:56

Silm Film 5-33 (7/1/21)
Season 5 Casting Session
Corey Olsen and Dave Kale are joined by special guest Håkan Walles to discuss the results of the …

443: SilmFilm 5-32: Season 5 Episode 9

June 18th, 2021

1:55:00

Silm Film 5-32 (6/10/21)
Season 5 Episode 9: A Brief Flame
Corey Olsen and Dave Kale are joined by Nick Palazzo to discuss Episode 9 of Season 5, in which Andreth and Aegnor fall in love, but the rom com goes off the …

441: SilmFilm 5-30: Season 5 Episode 7

May 22nd, 2021

2:03:38

Silm Film Session 5-30: Episode 7 - The Council of Estolad

The Silmarillion Film Project is a theoretical adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The …

442: SilmFilm 5-31: Season 5 Episode 8

May 22nd, 2021

1:57:13

Silm Film 5-31 (5/20/2021)
Season 5 Episode 8: To the Horizon
Corey Olsen, joined by Dave Kale, Nick Palazzo, and Marie Prosser, discusses the Aredhel subplot from S05Ep07 as well as the first draft script for Episode …

440: SilmFilm 5-29: Culture of the Edain

May 8th, 2021

2:07:38

Silm Film 5-29 (4/22/2021)
Season 5 Culture of the Edain
Corey Olsen discusses the culture of the Edain in Season 5, joined by Nick Palazzo and Marie …

439: SilmFIlm 5-28: Season 5 Episode 6

April 23rd, 2021

2:02:31

Silm Film 5-28 (4/8/2021)
Season 5 Episode 6: Freedom
Corey Olsen discusses Season 5 Episode 6, the action-packed escape from Angband! He is joined by Nick Palazzo, Script Editor. Rhogrin and Annael escape from …

438: SilmFilm 5-27: Season 5 Episode 5 (cont'd), Elves vs Men (cont'd)

April 3rd, 2021

2:10:28

In which we discuss Haleth among the giant spiders, Gandalf in Harad, and more about the differences between Elves and Men.

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437: SilmFilm 5-26: Season 5 Episode 5

March 14th, 2021

1:56:37

Episode 5 tonight -- Let's talk about the unfriendship of the Green Elves (not to mention the Grey!).

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436: SilmFilm 5-25: HARAD - Culture and Frame Story

March 1st, 2021

1:54:37

Tonight: Harad! Let's do some world-building and figuring out what Harad is like (or one corner of it, anyway).

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435: SilmFilm 5-24: Season 5, Episode 4

February 21st, 2021

1:51:18

Tonight we discuss the script for Episode 4: the battle at the Stockade, and the emergence of Haleth!

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434: SilmFilm 5-23: Casting Criteria

February 21st, 2021

1:53:30

Tonight we discuss the criteria for casting the new characters for Season 5. What are we looking for in Humans?

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433: SilmFilm 5-22: Season 5, Episode 2

January 16th, 2021

2:11:41

Join us tonight as return to discussing our Episode Outlines. We will discuss the B plot of Episode 2 and then Episode 3, which will deal centrally …

431: SilmFilm 5-21: Creative Commissions

January 9th, 2021

1:50:06

Tonight we resume our SilmFilm discussions discussing what creative works we would like to commission in conjunction with this season, with a heavy …

417: SilmFilm 5-07: Pre-production Storylines - Men (Part 3) Hador and Amlach

September 14th, 2020

2:11:40

Silm Film 5-07 (06/18/20) House of Hador
Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert continue the pre-production process of developing season-long storylines for the Men of Beleriand. The House of Hador does not have …

416: SilmFilm 5-06: Pre-production Storylines - Men (Part 2)

September 14th, 2020

1:53:52

Silm Film 5-06 (06/04/20) House of Bëor
Corey Olsen and Trish Lambert continue the pre-production process of developing season-long storylines for the Men of Beleriand. The migration of the Men into Beleriand is not …

415: SilmFilm 5-05: Pre-production Storylines - Men (Part 1)

September 14th, 2020

2:21:03

Silm Film 5-05 (05/21/2020)
Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert discuss the human stories in Season 5. Pre-production moves into discussing season-long storylines. For the Men, we will be focusing on stories for …

410: Podcast Feed Changes

March 17th, 2020

1:45

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409: SilmFilm 4-32: Post Production - Music

February 14th, 2020

3:00:22
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408: SilmFilm 4-31: Post Season - Sets and Locations

January 30th, 2020

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407: SilmFilm 4-30: Post Production Final Script Review - Part 6

January 30th, 2020

2:17:43
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406: SilmFilm 4-29: Post Production Script Review - Part 5

January 30th, 2020

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345: SilmFilm 3-08: Episode 4 – Kazhâd a mênu!

November 2nd, 2017

2:31:43
<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, …

344: SilmFilm 3-07: Episode 3 (cont’d) – Meanwhile, (still) in Beleriand…

October 31st, 2017

2:06:15
<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 …

342: SilmFilm 3-06: Episode 3 – Meanwhile, in Beleriand…

September 25th, 2017

2:10:53
<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 …

341: SilmFilm 3-05: Episode 2 – The Kinslaying

September 25th, 2017

2:40:53
<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 …

339: SilmFilm 3-04: Episode 1 – The Rebellion of the Noldor

September 1st, 2017

2:23:14
<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 …

338: SilmFilm 3-03: Creative Challenges

September 1st, 2017

2:26:33
<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 …

337: SilmFilm 3-02: The Season Frame Narrative

September 1st, 2017

2:27:44
<p>Digging deeper into Season 3, we discuss the frame narrative that will surround the primary plot and story arc of the season.</p>

336: SilmFilm 3-01: The Season Story Arc

July 20th, 2017

2:43:00
<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 …

335: SilmFilm 2-24: Music – Scores, Soundtracks and Character Themes

June 14th, 2017

2:19:23
<p>Listener and resident composer Philip Menzies joins the SilmFilm team again to talk about music for Season 2. Also, Tolkien artist Ted …

329: SilmFilm 2-18: The Killing of the Trees, Frame and Bad Guy Subplots

January 17th, 2017

2:30:35
<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 …

328: SilmFilm 2-17: Episode 13 – The Season Finale

January 12th, 2017

1:56:23
<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 …

325: SilmFilm 2-14: Episode 10 – The Kinstrife

December 5th, 2016

1:59:01
<p>In Episode 10 of the season, we bring Fingolfin and Fëanor into conflict – finally revealing Fëanor for the jerk he really is.</p>

323: SilmFilm 2-13: Episode 9 – Finally! The Flippin’ Silmarils!

November 12th, 2016

2:37:31
<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 …

322: SilmFilm 2-12: Episode 8 – Everybody Loves Fingolfin

November 6th, 2016

2:25:02
<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 …

320: SilmFilm 2-10: Episode 6 – Finwë has a lot of reproductive work to do

October 13th, 2016

2:20:32
<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 …

321: SilmFilm 2-11: Episode 7 – Spirit of Fire (aka The Silmarillion needs more Rap Battles)

October 13th, 2016

2:09:36
<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 …

319: SilmFilm 2-09: Episode 5 – The Enemies and The Surfer Elves

September 12th, 2016

2:19:04
<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, …

318: SilmFilm 2-08: Episode 4 – The Avari (The Unwilling)

August 30th, 2016

2:07:04
<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 …

317: SilmFilm 2-07: Episode 3 - DeGreat DeBate

August 19th, 2016

2:07:12
<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 …

316: SilmFilm 2-06: Episode 2 – “Don’t Get in the Van, Elwë!”

August 4th, 2016

2:11:27
<p>In the second episode of Season 2, the Elvish ambassadors take a trip to Valinor.</p>

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315: SilmFilm 2-05: Episode 1 – Crisis in Cuivienen

July 25th, 2016

2:01:37
<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 …

314: SilmFilm 2-04: Linguistics, etc.

July 11th, 2016

2:15:37
<p>Discussion about the linguistics of the Silmarillion, the continuing the Big Picture stuff for Season 2, and the sundering of races, as …

313: SilmFilm 2-03: The Elves

June 27th, 2016

1:53:55
<p>Today is the day we talk about the Elves – how they came to be and their divisions.</p>

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312: SilmFilm 2-02: Episode Calendar

June 10th, 2016

2:11:05
<p>Deciding on general outline for season 2 – not in detail, as we will map out episode-by-episode plots later.</p>

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311: SilmFilm 2-01: Brainstorming

May 25th, 2016

2:03:38
<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>

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SilmFilm 1-20: Script Outlines

May 12th, 2016

2:05:07
<p>We bring on some additional panelists this week to discuss script outlines and fill in the holes left in our episodic discussions. Guest …

SilmFilm 1-19: Music

April 27th, 2016

2:03:27
<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 …

SilmFilm 1-18: Casting Poll Results and Costuming

April 16th, 2016

2:29:25
<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>

SilmFilm 1-17: Envisioning Arda - Sets/Locations

April 3rd, 2016

2:08:06
<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 …

SilmFilm 1-16: Casting

March 13th, 2016

2:13:42
<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 …

SilmFilm 1-15: Episode 13 - The War to Begin All Wars

March 7th, 2016

2:13:00
<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 …

SilmFilm 1-14: Episode 12 - Can’t Kick the Orc Can Anymore

February 18th, 2016

2:05:56
<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>

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SilmFilm 1-13: Episode 11 - Aulë and the Dwarves

February 4th, 2016

2:06:51
<p>In this episode, we explore why Aulë does what he does, showing parallels with Melkor and planting the seeds of impatience for the …

Episode 302: The Last (Really!) RITD Episode -- BotFA EE Review

January 24th, 2016

2:09:21

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 …

SilmFilm 1-12: Episode 10 - Fall of the House of Ainur (Part the Second)

January 18th, 2016

2:02:23
<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 …

300: SilmFilm 1-11: Episode 9 - The Fall of the House of Ainur (sort of), Part the First

January 12th, 2016

1:54:15
<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 …

299: SilmFilm 1-10: Episode 8 - The Two Trees (Aftermath)

January 9th, 2016

1:44:03
<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 …

298: SilmFilm 1-09: Episode 7 - Finally, Something For The Fëanturi To Do!

January 5th, 2016

2:02:10
<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 …

296: SilmFilm 1-08: Episode 6 - Murder of the Lamps

December 5th, 2015

1:54:26
<p>After wrapping up some loose ends from the previous session, we shape episode 6 into something of a “whodunit” murder mystery, with the …

295: SilmFilm 1-07: Episode 5 - Creating the Lamps, Distressing the Damsel

December 5th, 2015

2:05:34
<p>In Episode 5, we discuss the decision to create the lamps and the introduction of Tulkas</p>

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294: SilmFilm 1-06: Episode 4 - Yay Melkor!!

December 5th, 2015

2:05:15
<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 …

293: SilmFilm 1-05: Episode 3 - He Who Shall Not Be Named Morgoth

October 19th, 2015

1:58:49
<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 …

292: SilmFilm 1-04: Episode 2 - From Chaos to Harmony

October 19th, 2015

1:50:30
<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 …

291: SilmFilm 1-03: Episode 1 (Pilot) - The Ainulindalë

October 2nd, 2015

1:48:21
<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 …

290: SilmFilm 1-02: Narrative Overview

September 2nd, 2015

1:59:32
<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 …

289: SilmFilm 1-01: Plot Overview

August 26th, 2015

1:54:51
<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 …

Episode 288: Tolkien Chat: Makin’ Movies in Middle-earth

August 12th, 2015

43:16

Adaptation has been a topic that has intrigued many Mythgardians, including Signum University President Corey Olsen (also known as The Tolkien …

287: SilmFilm 0-04: Plot Mapping

July 24th, 2015

1:50:13
<p>In the final episode in this season, we will attempt to lay out a map for the whole show, season by season.</p>

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286: SilmFilm 0-03: Storytelling

July 13th, 2015

1:45:04
<p>We will continue tackling big issues, including chronology, language style and use of narration.</p>

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285: SilmFilm 0-02: Big Decisions

June 20th, 2015

1:54:22
<p>We will discuss some of the critical issues that will lay the foundation of the adaptation, including character depiction, music and …

284: SilmFilm 0-01: Introducing the Silmarillion Film Project

June 9th, 2015

1:58:08
<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 …

Episode 283: Mythgard Monday at Ales and Tales-Frodo and Sauron: What Were They Thinking?

April 18th, 2015

1:12:03

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: …

Episode 282: Riddles in the Dark, The Ultimate Episode (Really!)

April 3rd, 2015

2:09:56

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 …

Episode 281: Riddles in the Dark, The Penultimate Episode

February 15th, 2015

1:37:29

The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Trish Lambert and Dave Kale discuss three of the six "leftover" riddles that needed more discussion. …

Episode 280: Riddles in the Dark, The Beginning of the End

February 4th, 2015

1:46:08

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 …

Episode 279: The Riddles in the Dark Team Debriefs The Battle of the Five Armies

December 25th, 2014

3:08:19

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.

Episode 278: The Tolkien Professor Debriefs The Battle of the Five Armies

December 25th, 2014

2:02:50

The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen offers his own reactions, observations and insights about the third installment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of …

Episode 277: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 7

December 24th, 2014

2:52:46

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 …

Episode 276: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 6

December 21st, 2014

2:09:11

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 …

Episode 275: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, DOS Extended Edition Analysis

November 30th, 2014

2:37:12

The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert considered the extra footage included in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug …

Episode 274: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 5

November 27th, 2014

2:44:35

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 …

Episode 273: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 4

November 6th, 2014

2:10:48

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.

Episode 272: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 3: It's LEGO Time!

October 21st, 2014

2:32:14

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 …

Episode 271: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 2: Not a Banner Episode

October 5th, 2014

2:23:47

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 …

Episode 270: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 1: On with the Analysis

September 21st, 2014

1:35:49

The analysis phase kicks off by pondering the trailer for the extended edition of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, among other things

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Episode 269: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.16: The Riddle Roundup, Time to Vote!

September 6th, 2014

1:48:27

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 …

Episode 266: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory Episode 6

August 19th, 2014

1:45:20

Corey and Laura share listener observations and present the final five conundra of the riddle game

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Episode 267: Tolkien Chat 19: Mythgard at Mythcon 2014

August 19th, 2014

1:04:28

Corey talks to Mythgard students who joined him at Mythcon 45 in August of 2014, as well as an impressive list of drop-by guests

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Episode 264: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.14: The Aftermath

August 9th, 2014

2:03:04

What happens when the dust settles after the battle? Corey and Trish ask the tough questions.

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Episode 263: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Bonus Episode: Comic-Con and the Teaser Trailer

August 4th, 2014

3:07:09

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.

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Episode 262: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.13: Farewell to Thorin

July 28th, 2014

1:46:16

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.

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Episode 261: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory Episode 5

July 19th, 2014

1:40:06

Corey and Trish (standing in for Laura) share great listener observations about the Battle of Dol Guldur (RITD Episodes 3.09 and 3.10)

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Episode 260: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.12: The Battle of Five Armies, Part 2

July 17th, 2014

2:23:36

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 …

Episode 259: Riddles in the Dark Bonus: Pronunciation Guide

July 6th, 2014

38:27

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 …

Episode 258: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory Episode 4

July 6th, 2014

1:16:04

Corey and Trish (standing in for Laura) go over all the riddles covering the Siege (RITD Episodes 3.06, 3.07 and 3.08)

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Episode 257: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.11: The Battle of Five Armies, Part 1

June 30th, 2014

1:55:33

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 Dark

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Episode 256: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.10: Dol Guldur Part 2 - The Black Hats

June 18th, 2014

1:44:35

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 …

Episode 255: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.09: Dol Guldur Part 1 - The White Hats

June 1st, 2014

2:25:12

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 …

Episode 254: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory, Episode III

May 22nd, 2014

1:23:09

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.

Episode 253: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.08: The Siege,Thief in the Night

May 18th, 2014

1:57:12

Moving right along toward the Battle of (the) Five Armies, Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and his Riddles in the Dark co-hosts actually talk …

Episode 252: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.07: The Siege,Laketown View

May 3rd, 2014

2:15:31

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 …

Episode 251: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory, Episode II

April 23rd, 2014

2:10:54

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. …

Episode 250: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.06: The Siege,Erebor View

April 21st, 2014

2:14:35

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 …

Episode 249: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.05: Smaug's Attack

April 5th, 2014

1:56:50

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 …

Episode 248: Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory, Episode 1

March 29th, 2014

44:56

The first episode of the Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory. The Tolkien Professor addresses your comments and questions on RITD 3.01

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Episode 247: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.04: Meanwhile, Back in Laketown

March 22nd, 2014

1:57:59

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 …

Episode 246: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.03: There and Back Again - The Beginning

March 9th, 2014

1:33:29

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 …

Episode 244: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.01: Action and Violence

February 16th, 2014

1:48:57

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 …

Episode 243: Silmarillion Seminar 35: Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, Part 2

February 8th, 2014

2:21:32

The thirty-fifth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, Part 2

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Episode 242: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 1, Episode b

January 31st, 2014

1:55:01

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 …

Episode 241: Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 1, Episode a

January 16th, 2014

1:29:02

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 …

Episode 240: Tolkien Chat 17: Reactions to the Desolation of Smaug Part 2

December 23rd, 2013

1:52:58

Part 2: Professor Olsen discusses his reactions to the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug

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Episode 239: Tolkien Chat 16: Reactions to the Desolation of Smaug Part 1

December 23rd, 2013

47:26

Part 1: Professor Olsen discusses his reactions to the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug

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Episode 238: A Bit of Wookie: Riddles in the Dark Year 2 in Review

December 12th, 2013

3:01:43

As The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is unveiled around the world, Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen, Laura Berkholtz, and Trish Lambert review all the …

Episode 237: Riddles in the Dark: Hail Fellow and Fewmets!

November 24th, 2013

2:48:08

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 …

Episode 236: Riddles in the Dark 2.16: You Be Dragon?

November 17th, 2013

3:13:33

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 …

Episode 235: Riddles in the Dark 2.15: Fringe Festival 2

November 17th, 2013

1:42:48

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 234: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.11: Blame it on the Arkenstone

November 13th, 2013

25:26

Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz take on the weighty theme of bromance in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

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Episode 233: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.10: Ring? What Ring?

October 24th, 2013

36:59

Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz discuss listener opinions on when Bilbo will reveal the presence of the Ring.

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Episode 232: Call-In Office Hours 5

October 16th, 2013

1:53:25

The fifth Tolkien Professor open Skype Session, recorded on October 7, 2013. Topics discussed include invisible Ringwraiths, getting a PhD in Tolkien …

Episode 231: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.09: Barrels on the Brain

October 16th, 2013

28:01

Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz discuss opinions on the relationship between the elves of Mirkwood and the men of Laketown in The Desolation of …

Episode 230: Riddles in the Dark NOT 2.15: Trailer 2 Mega-Episode

October 15th, 2013

3:19:45

A 3.33-hour discussion of the 2.5-minute second trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

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Episode 228: Riddles in the Dark 2.14: Fringe Festival 1

October 2nd, 2013

2:11:34

Kamikaze Thrush, Bald Raven, Radish Hat, Galion the Butler, and That Girl Elf

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Episode 226: Tolkien Chat 14: Bernd Greisinger

October 1st, 2013

29:27

Professor Olsen talks with Bernd Greisinger of the Greisinger Museum, home of the largest collection of Tolkien artifacts in the world

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Episode 225: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.08: Smog and Thrane

September 9th, 2013

49:36

Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review listener comments and opinions on the start of The Desolation of Smaug.

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Episode 224: Riddles in the Dark 2.12: Smaug Smack Talk

September 9th, 2013

2:10:11

Considering the big flying lizard in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

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Episode 223: Riddles in the Dark 2.11: We'll Always Have the Carrock

August 26th, 2013

2:06:06

Bromancing the (Arken)Stone in the Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

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Episode 222: Riddles in the Dark 2.10: Is This a Ring I See Before Me?

August 26th, 2013

1:57:49

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 …

Episode 221: Tolkien Chat 13: Mythgard Takes Mythcon

July 22nd, 2013

28:23

Mythgard Students presented a variety of papers at this year's Mythcon in Lansing, MI

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Episode 220: Riddles in the Dark Midyear Review

July 13th, 2013

1:50:37

Corey Olsen, Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review all the riddles and conundra posed so far for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

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Episode 219: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.07: Revenge of the Zomborcs

June 28th, 2013

43:33

Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review reader's comments and analyst opinions on Bolg's role in The Desolation of Smaug.

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Episode 217: Special Trailer Episode: Did You Remember to Pack the Trebuchet?

June 16th, 2013

2:48:31

All four Riddles in the Dark cohoses review the first trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

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Episode 216: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.06: No Holds Bard?

June 13th, 2013

34:56

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' …

Episode 215: Riddles in the Dark Digest: The Bonus Episode

June 10th, 2013

1:56:29

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 …

Episode 214: Riddles in the Dark 2.08: The Beginning of Desolation

June 7th, 2013

1:29:21

Prof Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert talk about how Peter Jackson will begin The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

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Episode 213: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.05: Who Let the Dwarves Out?

June 6th, 2013

38:42

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 …

Episode 212: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.04: Legolas to the Rescue...or Not

May 6th, 2013

47:51

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 …

Episode 211: Silmarillion Seminar 34: Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, Part 1

April 29th, 2013

1:56:30

The thirty-fourth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, Part 1

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Episode 210: Riddles in the Dark 2.07: Half-Baked Bolg Weirdness

April 28th, 2013

2:03:46

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: …

Episode 209: Riddles in the Dark 2.06: Vengeance for My Dolly!

April 18th, 2013

2:07:20

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 …

Episode 208: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.03: Black Spiders and White Harts

April 17th, 2013

41:11

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 …

Episode 207: Riddles in the Dark 2.05: In Thranduil's Hall

March 31st, 2013

2:21:16

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 …

Episode 206: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.02: Thrain in Vain

March 26th, 2013

33:23

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.

Episode 205: Silmarillion Seminar 33: Akallabeth, Part 3

March 19th, 2013

1:38:49

The thirty-third session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the Allkalabeth, Part 3

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Episode 204: Silmarillion Seminar 32: Akallabeth, Part 2

March 18th, 2013

1:40:41

The thirty-second session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the Allkalabeth, Part 2

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Episode 203: Riddles in the Dark 24: The Long-Expected Podcast

March 15th, 2013

3:05:55

At long last, the much anticipated, recording-breaking 3-hour RITD Christmas Special! The trio fully debriefs The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and …

Episode 202: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2.01: Flogging a Dead Beorn

March 14th, 2013

40:00

Trish Lambert and Laura Berkholtz review reader's comments and analyst opinions on Riddle 2.01 dealing with Beorn's relationship to the goblins.

Episode 201: Riddles in the Dark 2.04: Attercop and Tomnoddy

March 9th, 2013

1:57:34

Prof Cory Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert tap into their spidey senses to consider Mirkwood's arachnids in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaugh.

Episode 200: Riddles in the Dark 2.03: Into the Woods

February 8th, 2013

2:12:39

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 …

Episode 199: Silmarillion Seminar 31: Akallabeth, Part 1

February 5th, 2013

1:57:47

The thirty-first session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the Allkalabeth, Part 1

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Episode 198: Silmarillion Seminar 30: Quenta Chapter 24

February 1st, 2013

1:56:44

The thirtieth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Chapter 24 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath, …

Episode 197: Riddles in the Dark 2.02: Where's Poppa?

January 30th, 2013

1:52:44

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: …

Episode 196: Riddles in the Dark 2.01: Ursa Major or Ursa Minor

January 17th, 2013

1:37:26

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 …

Episode 195: Tolkien Chat 12: Adaptation and The Hobbit Movies

January 5th, 2013

2:38:46

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 …

Episode 194: Riddles in the Dark 23: Riddle Me Not

December 9th, 2012

1:48:09

Prof Cory Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert review a year's worth of riddles for Movie 1.

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Episode 193: Riddles in the Dark 22: The White Council

December 6th, 2012

2:09:44

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.

Episode 190: Riddles in the Dark 21: Songs and Poems

November 20th, 2012

2:13:30

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.

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Episode 187: Silmarillion Seminar 29: Quenta Chapter 24

October 31st, 2012

1:45:37

The twenty-ninth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Chapter 24 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of …

Episode 186: Riddles in the Dark 20: Of the Rings of Power and the First Film

October 31st, 2012

2:18:52

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 …

Episode 185: Riddles in the Dark Digest 9: Orcs, The Brown Wizard, and Thror

October 30th, 2012

1:55:47

Dave Kale and Trish Lambert review Orcs, Radagast, and toy figures in this digest episode, among other things. A collage of Comic-Con interview …

Episode 184: Silmarillion Seminar 28: Quenta Chapter 23

October 15th, 2012

1:49:37

The twenty-eigth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Chapter 23 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"

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Episode 183: Riddles in the Dark 19: Sauron - Hot or Not?

October 14th, 2012

2:01:11

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 …

Episode 181: Silmarillion Seminar 27: Quenta Chapter 22

October 5th, 2012

1:59:36

The twenty-seventh session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Chapter 22 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Ruin of Dorian"

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Episode 180: Silmarillion Seminar 26: Quenta Chapter 21

October 5th, 2012

1:43:43

The twenty-sixth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the third part of Chapter 21 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Turin Turambar"

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Episode 179: Riddles in the Dark 18: Hobbit Day Panel - The Director's Cut

September 29th, 2012

2:05:23

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 …

Episode 177: WC Faerie Course, Session 34

September 15th, 2012

49:10

Peter S. Beagle, "The Last Unicorn", Chapters 12-14, Recorded 04/20/11.

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Episode 176: Riddles in the Dark 17: Radagast the Brown and the Movie App

September 15th, 2012

2:06:56

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 …

Episode 175: Riddles in the Dark Digest 8: Escape and Talking? Animals

September 12th, 2012

1:20:11

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 …

Episode 174: Riddles in the Dark 16: Orcs and Goblins (and Zomborcs!)

August 31st, 2012

1:57:31

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 …

Episode 173: Riddles in the Dark Digest 7: Controversy!

August 29th, 2012

2:22:52

Welcome to The Riddles in the Dark Digest Controversy episode! Dave and Trish relook at RITD Episode 13 (about Comic-Con), respond to critical …

Episode 172: Riddles in the Dark Digest 6: All Gollum All the Time

August 23rd, 2012

1:14:59

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 …

Episode 171: Riddles in the Dark Digest 5: Beginning and Bilbo

August 22nd, 2012

1:34:50

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 …

Episode 170: WC Faerie Course, Session 33

August 22nd, 2012

41:04

Peter S. Beagle, "The Last Unicorn", Chapters 9-11, Recorded 04/18/11.

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Episode 169: Riddles in the Dark 15: Wargs and Eagles and Bears, Oh My!

August 21st, 2012

1:35:09

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 …

Episode 168: Silmarillion Seminar 25: Quenta Chapter 21

August 21st, 2012

1:49:16

The twenty-fifth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the second part of Chapter 21 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Turin Turambar"

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Episode 167: Riddles in the Dark 14: Escape and ahem, Trilogy Announcement

August 20th, 2012

1:56:50

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. …

Episode 166: Tolkien Chat 11: The Princess and The Hobbit

August 20th, 2012

1:08:24

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 …

Episode 165: Mythgard Swoops in on Return of the Ring

August 19th, 2012

1:11:41

Mythgard students and faculty attending the Tolkien Society's Return of the Ring conference with Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen come together to talk …

Episode 164: Silmarillion Seminar 24: Quenta Chapter 21

July 31st, 2012

1:49:09

The twenty-forth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering the first part of Chapter 21 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Turin Turambar"

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Episode 163: Silmarillion Seminar 23: Quenta Chapter 20

July 31st, 2012

1:55:10

The twenty-third session of the Silmarillion Seminar, covering Chapter 20 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad."

Episode 162: WC Faerie Course, Session 32

July 26th, 2012

49:14

Peter S. Beagle, "The Last Unicorn", Chapters 5-8, Recorded 04/15/11.

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Episode 161: Riddles in the Dark 13: What else but Comic-Con?

July 24th, 2012

2:03:48

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 160: Riddles in the Dark Digest 4: The Split

July 21st, 2012

1:38:05

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!

Episode 159: Riddles in the Dark 12: The Riddle Game

July 14th, 2012

1:45:05

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 …

Episode 158: Riddles in the Dark Digest 3: Rivalries and Trollish Dilemmas

July 11th, 2012

1:37:15

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 …

Episode 157: WC Faerie Course, Session 31

July 9th, 2012

44:24

Peter S. Beagle, "The Last Unicorn", Chapters 1-4, Recorded 04/13/11.

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Episode 156: Riddles in the Dark Digest 2: Now with More Azanulbizar

July 9th, 2012

1:22:37

The Digest is back! Trish Lambert joins the Riddles team and helps Dave review predictions, analyses, and listener feedback on the third topic, The …

Episode 155: WC Faerie Course, Session 30

July 5th, 2012

51:14

C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", Chapters 12-17, Recorded 04/11/11.

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Episode 154: WC Faerie Course, Session 29

June 17th, 2012

46:29

C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", Chapters 7-11, Recorded 04/08/11.

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Episode 153: Riddles in the Dark 11: Gollum...and Romance?

June 15th, 2012

1:59:10

This week we discuss two topics that go hand-in-hand: Gollum and romance. Duh.

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Episode 152: WC Faerie Course, Session 28

June 13th, 2012

37:34

C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", Chapters 1-6, Recorded 04/04/11.

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Episode 151: Silmarillion Seminar 22: Quenta Chapter 19

June 9th, 2012

1:57:45

The twenty-second session of the Silmarillion Seminar, in which we spend an unprecedented third week on Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of …

Episode 150: Riddles in the Dark 10: We finally discuss the "Hobbit!"

June 2nd, 2012

2:06:55

Only four months into the podcast, we finally get around to talking about The Hobbit's titular character, Bilbo Baggins...for two hours!

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Episode 149: WC Faerie Course, Session 27

May 29th, 2012

44:43

J.R.R. Tolkien, Smith of Wootton Major, Pages 35-39 Recorded 04/01/11.

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Episode 148: Riddles in the Dark 9: Framing the Issue

May 25th, 2012

1:16:01

We go back to the very beginning...of first Hobbit film, that is. How will The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey open on-screen?

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Episode 147: WC Faerie Course, Session 26

May 20th, 2012

49:12

J.R.R. Tolkien, Smith of Wootton Major, Pages 9-34 Recorded 3/30/11.

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Episode 146: WC Faerie Course, Session 25

May 9th, 2012

49:24

George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 21-32 Recorded 3/28/11.

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Episode 145: Riddles in the Dark 8: Cinemacon Emergency Edition

May 2nd, 2012

1:19:25

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 …

Episode 144: Riddles in the Dark 7: The Split, Part 2

April 27th, 2012

1:23:59

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.

Episode 143: Riddles in the Dark 6: The Split, Part 1

April 26th, 2012

1:11:00

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 …

Episode 142: WC Faerie Course, Session 24

April 8th, 2012

49:47

George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 11-20 Recorded 3/25/11.

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Episode 141: Silmarillion Seminar 21: Quenta Chapter 19

March 29th, 2012

1:35:30

The twenty-first session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing the second part of Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Beren and Luthien"

Episode 140: Riddles in the Dark 5: Troll Dilemmas

March 23rd, 2012

1:17:11

The first RITD episode to address humor in the Hobbit; this week we focus on Bilbo's first "successful adventure" with the trolls.

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Episode 139: Riddles in the Dark Digest 1

March 17th, 2012

1:05:02

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.

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Episode 138: Silmarillion Seminar 20: Quenta Chapter 19

March 14th, 2012

1:28:50

The twentieth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion, " Of Beren and Luthien"

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Episode 137: Riddles in the Dark 4: Thorin Oakenshield

March 10th, 2012

1:14:09

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 …

Episode 136: Riddles in the Dark 3: The Battle of Azanulbizar

February 23rd, 2012

1:06:28

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.

Episode 135: Riddles in the Dark 2: The Fall of the House of Durin

February 12th, 2012

1:07:53

A discussion of the misfortunes of the House of Durin, Thror and predictions based on casting for the character.

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Episode 134: WC Faerie Course, Session 23

February 4th, 2012

46:46

George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 1-10 Recorded 3/23/11.

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Episode 133: Silmarillion Seminar 19: Quenta Chapter 18

January 30th, 2012

1:35:21

The nineteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 18 of the Quenta Silmarillion, " Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of …

Episode 132: Riddles in the Dark 1: Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror

January 28th, 2012

1:03:30

A discussion of Thror and Thrain, and predictions about Thrain's depiction in the film.

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Episode 131: Announcements: January 25 2012

January 27th, 2012

4:23

What's new at The Tolkien Professor, including two new podcasts and an updated website.

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Episode 130: Return and Recovery

December 14th, 2011

26:12

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" …

Episode 129: Silmarillion Seminar 18: Quenta Chapter 17

December 11th, 2011

1:40:00

The eighteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 17 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Coming of Men into the West"

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Episode 128: The Hobbit Grows Up

December 7th, 2011

27:13

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 …

Episode 127: Mythgard Question and Answer Call-in Session

December 1st, 2011

1:43:03

Professor Corey Olsen answers questions from people interested in taking courses at the Mythgard Institute (www.mythgard.org).

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Episode 126: Bilbo Earns His Reward

November 30th, 2011

40:59

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, …

Episode 125: Bilbo Builds His Resume 2

November 24th, 2011

21:19

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 …

Episode 123: Silmarillion Seminar 17: Quenta Chapter 16

November 10th, 2011

1:47:29

The seventeenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 16 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Maeglin"

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Episode 122: Tolkien and Horror: A Halloween Special

November 5th, 2011

1:13:07

Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, Laura Berkholtz, and George Naylor discuss themes of horror in Tolkien's writings.

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Episode 121: Silmarillion Seminar 16: Quenta Chapter 15

November 3rd, 2011

1:45:00

The sixteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 15 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Noldor in Beleriand."

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Episode 120: The Tolkien Professor Visits Hollywood

October 28th, 2011

19:19

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 …

Episode 119: Tolkien Chat 10: In the Bar at Mythcon 2011.

October 25th, 2011

1:22:30

The tenth Tolkien Chat, recorded in the bar at the Albuquerque MCM Elegante during the annual Mythopoeic Society Conference

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Episode 117: Silmarillion Seminar 15: Quenta Chapter 14

October 16th, 2011

1:18:27

The fifteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 14 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Beleriand and Its Realms."

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Episode 116: WC Faerie Course, Session 20

October 10th, 2011

49:44

Andrew Lang Session 5, in which we discuss "Rapunzel," "Snowdrop," and "The Enchanted Ring." Recorded 3/9/11.

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Episode 115: Tolkien Chat 9: David Perlmutter

October 7th, 2011

1:11:11

A conversation with Professor David Perlmutter about two of his favorite intellectual hobbies, military history and Tolkien.

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Episode 114: Silmarillion Seminar 14: Quenta Chapter 13

October 4th, 2011

1:22:22

The fourteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 13 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Return of the Noldor."

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Episode 113: WC Faerie Course, Session 19

October 1st, 2011

45:25

Andrew Lang Session 4, in which we discuss "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Three Dwarfs," and "The Twelve Brothers." Recorded 3/7/11.

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Episode 112: Silmarillion Seminar 13: Quenta Chapter 12

September 28th, 2011

1:30:46

The thirteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 12 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Men."

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Episode 111: WC Faerie Course, Session 18

September 23rd, 2011

46:37

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." …

Episode 110: Silmarillion Seminar 12: Quenta Chapter 11

September 20th, 2011

1:38:44

The twelfth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 11 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Sun and the Moon and the Hiding of …

Episode 109: Silmarillion Seminar 11: Quenta Chapter 10

September 5th, 2011

1:18:45

The eleventh session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 10 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Sindar."

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Episode 108: Silmarillion Seminar 10: Quenta Chapter 9

August 24th, 2011

1:32:17

The tenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 9 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Flight of the Noldor."

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Episode 107: Silmarillion Seminar 09: Quenta Chapter 8

August 13th, 2011

1:21:53

The ninth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 8 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Darkening of Valinor."

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Episode 106: Silmarillion Seminar 08: Quenta Chapter 7

August 1st, 2011

1:40:28

After a brief message to Stephen Colbert, we move on to the eighth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 7 of the Quenta …

Episode 105: Silmarillion Seminar 07: Quenta Chapter 6

July 25th, 2011

1:27:08

The seventh session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 6 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Feanor and the Unchaining of Melkor."

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Episode 104: WC Faerie Course, Session 17

July 24th, 2011

49:04

Andrew Lang Session 2, in which we discuss "Rumpelstiltzkin," "Hansel and Grettel," and "Beauty and the Beast." Recorded 3/2/11.

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Episode 103: Mythgard Institute Announcement Show, Part 2

July 23rd, 2011

1:00:26

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 …

Episode 102: Mythgard Institute Announcement Show, Part 1

July 23rd, 2011

58:05

Announcing the Mythgard Institute, offering courses in Tolkien Studies and related fields, beginning Fall 2011. Part one of two shows originally …

Episode 101: Silmarillion Seminar 06: Quenta Chapter 5

June 23rd, 2011

1:42:26

The sixth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 5 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalie."

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Episode 100: WC Faerie Course, Session 16

June 13th, 2011

49:01

Andrew Lang Session 1, in which we discuss "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," and "Aladdin." Recorded 2/28/11.

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Episode 99: Silmarillion Seminar 05: Quenta Chapters 3-4

June 9th, 2011

1:40:59

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 …

Episode 98: Special Announcement!

May 13th, 2011

1:00:12

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.

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Episode 97: The Gifts of Annwn, by Scott Holbrook-Foust

April 19th, 2011

39:46

An essay exploring the representation of the Celtic Otherworld in Arthurian Literature, with a particular focus on Morgan Le Fay in Sir Gawain and …

Episode 96: WC Faerie Course, Session 15

April 18th, 2011

51:01

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.

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Episode 95: WC Faerie Course, Session 14

April 13th, 2011

48:34

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 3, in which we learn how to resist seduction with tact and aplomb. Recorded 2/23/11.

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Episode 94: WC Faerie Course, Session 13

April 12th, 2011

49:33

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 2, in which we look carefully at our protagonist and his values. Recorded 2/21/11.

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Episode 93: WC Faerie Course, Session 12

April 11th, 2011

52:06

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 1, in which we discuss happy endings and relatively jolly green giants. Recorded 2/18/11.

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Episode 92: WC Faerie Course, Session 11

April 1st, 2011

50:51

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 …

Episode 91: WC Faerie Course, Session 10

March 30th, 2011

45:06

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 …

Episode 90: WC Faerie Course, Session 9

March 29th, 2011

53:29

The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, Part 2, in which we discuss Sir Gawain's big choice. Recorded 2/11/11.

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Episode 89: WC Faerie Course, Session 8

March 28th, 2011

52:33

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.

Episode 88: WC Faerie Course, Session 7

February 23rd, 2011

51:02

Sir Launfal, Part 3, in which we see our protagonist's strange trial and unexpected deliverance. Recorded 2/7/11.

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Episode 87: Silmarillion Seminar 04: Quenta Chapter 2

February 22nd, 2011

1:54:56

The fourth session of the new Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 2 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Aule and Yavanna."

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Episode 86: WC Faerie Course, Session 6

February 20th, 2011

47:09

Sir Launfal, Part 2, in which we examine the relationship between our protagonist and his fairy benefactors. Recorded 2/4/11.

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Episode 85: WC Faerie Course, Session 5

February 19th, 2011

49:49

Sir Launfal, Part 1, in which we meet our protagonist, his king, and his king's sketchy wife. Recorded 2/2/11.

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Episode 82: WC Faerie Course, Session 4

February 14th, 2011

50:10

Sir Orfeo, Part 3, in which we enter Faerie and find weird stuff. Recorded 1/31/11.

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Episode 81: WC Faerie Course, Session 3

February 14th, 2011

44:02

Sir Orfeo Part 2, in which we discuss Sir Orfeo's time of exile in the forest. Recorded 1/28/11.

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Episode 80: WC Faerie Course, Session 2

February 7th, 2011

48:32

A discussion of the first 194 lines of Sir Orfeo, in the WC Faerie and Fantasy class. Recorded 1/26/11.

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Episode 79: Silmarillion Seminar 03: Quenta, Chapter 1

February 2nd, 2011

1:39:01

The third session of the new Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 1 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Beginning of Days."

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Episode 78: WC Faerie Course, Session 1

February 2nd, 2011

32:17

The Introductory Ramble for my new class, Faerie and Fantasy. Recorded 1/24/11.

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Episode 77: Sir Launfal

February 2nd, 2011

43:57

An unabridged recording of Sir Launfal, in Middle English. This is the second text we will be discussing in my Faerie and Fantasy course.

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Episode 76: Sir Orfeo

January 26th, 2011

26:55

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.

Episode 75: An Introduction to Middle English

January 25th, 2011

30:05

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 …

Episode 74: Silmarillion Seminar 02 - Valaquenta

January 21st, 2011

1:40:50

The second session of the new Silmarillion Seminar, discussing the Valaquenta.

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Episode 73: The Minstrel, the Painter, and the Scholar, Part 1

January 3rd, 2011

56:07

A roundtable discussion with John DiBartolo, Ted Nasmith, and Corey Olsen. This is the first of a three-part series.

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Episode 72: Tolkien Chat 8: Allison Fischbach

January 2nd, 2011

51:07

A conversation with Allison Fischbach, a Washington College alum, about mortality and immortality in Tolkien, with special attention paid to the case …

Episode 71: Call-In Office Hours 4

December 27th, 2010

1:29:57

The fourth Tolkien Professor open Skype Session, recorded on October 13, 2010. Topics discussed include the Ring and invisibility, Anglo-Saxon, …

Episode 70: Silmarillion Seminar 01 - Ainulindale

December 25th, 2010

1:30:06

The inaugural session of the new Silmarillion Seminar, discussing the Ainulindale.

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Episode 69: Tolkien Chat 7: Tara Holste II

November 24th, 2010

1:06:22

A conversation with Tara Holste, a Washington College alum, about Tolkien's thoughts about and depictions of government.

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Episode 68: Q&A Session 3

October 9th, 2010

1:02:09

Discussing the Nazgul's flying mount, the Ring's conferring of invisibility, and the theology of Middle-Earth. Students present: Allison Fischbach, …

Episode 67: Kalamazoo 2010

July 19th, 2010

23:23

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 Typology

Episode 66: Q&A Session 2

July 13th, 2010

53:21

Discussing Aragorn's prophecies, Goldberry, and Glorfindel's identity. Students present: Rachel Field, Tessa Fox, and Trevor Williams.

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Episode 65: Call-In Office Hours 3

July 5th, 2010

42:24

The third Tolkien Professor open Skype Session, recorded on June 3, 2010. Topics discussed include recording my class, goblins and orcs, Bilbo's …

Episode 64: Tolkien Chat 6: Scott Holbrook-Foust and Eric Singletary

June 24th, 2010

53:30

A conversation with listeners Scott Holbrook-Foust and Eric Singletary, priamrily on written and oral cultures in Middle-Earth.

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Episode 63: Call-In Office Hours 2

June 10th, 2010

57:47

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 …

Episode 62: Q&A Session 1

June 3rd, 2010

1:09:19

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 …

Episode 61: Tolkien Chat 5: KMO

May 25th, 2010

46:58

A conversation with KMO, host of the C-Realm Podcast, on the Silmarillion and Tolkien's mythology.

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Episode 60: Tolkien Chat 4: Professor Michael Drout

May 21st, 2010

54:32

A chat with Professor Michael Drout, editor of Tolkien Studies, about Tolkien's metafiction and the study of philology.

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Episode 59: Tolkien Chat 3: Elizabeth Bateman

May 14th, 2010

47:18

A chat with Liz Bateman, Washington College Class of '09, about the power of tragedy in Tolkien's world.

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Episode 53: WC Tolkien Course 35 - Return Part I

April 20th, 2010

20:28

The ROTK: Book V.1-3. Recorded 4/16/10. Special Guest: Michael Drout!

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Episode 52: Michael Drout Lecture: Whole Worlds Out of Single Words, Tolkien and Language

April 17th, 2010

1:06:52

TP Bonus Content: Michael Drout Lecture: "Whole Worlds Out of Single Words: Tolkien and Language." Recorded 4/15/10

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Episode 39: Tolkien and Food

March 18th, 2010

34:29

TP Bonus Content: Lecture on Food for Hobbit Luncheon. Recorded 3/17/10

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Episode 20: WC Tolkien Course 04 - “Mythopoeia”

January 26th, 2010

54:57

Tolkien's poem "Mythopoeia." Also contains a bonus unabridged recording of the poem. Recorded 1/25/10.

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Episode 19: WC Tolkien Course 03 - “On Fairy-Stories,” Part II

January 25th, 2010

30:10

"On Fairy-Stories," Part 2. Makeup recording following a lamentable software crash in the midst of the live recording (on 1/22/10).

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Episode 17: WC Tolkien Course 01 - Introduction

January 19th, 2010

24:23

Introductory material from the first session of my Tolkien course at Washington College. Recorded 1/18/10.

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Episode 16: Bilbo Builds His Resume 1

January 17th, 2010

22:31

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," …

Episode 15: Call-In Office Hours 1

January 9th, 2010

25:00

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.

Episode 14: Announcements: Fall 2009

October 5th, 2009

7:10

Announcements of imminent events and upcoming new content.

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Episode 13: Tolkien Chat 2: Tara Holste

October 2nd, 2009

44:38

A chat with Tara Holste, Washington College Class of '07, about class relations in Tolkien's fiction, with a primary focus on the relationship …

Episode 12: Tolkien Chat 1: Ben Kozlowski

September 13th, 2009

42:58

A chat with Ben Kozlowski, Washington College Class of '08, about the knowledge of evil in Tolkien's world.

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Episode 11: Rescued in the Wild, By the Wild 3

September 6th, 2009

29:22

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 …

Episode 10: Rescued in the Wild, By the Wild 2

August 3rd, 2009

14:39

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 …

Episode 9: Rescued in the Wild, By the Wild 1

July 31st, 2009

13:07

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"

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Episode 8: On Tolkien's Secondary World

July 27th, 2009

17:57

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 …

Episode 7: On Dragons and Orcs

July 20th, 2009

21:37

A second informal podcast Q&A, in which the Tolkien Professor discusses Smaug's family history and the social life of orcs

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Episode 6: Tolkien and the Environment

July 13th, 2009

1:04:29

TP Bonus Content: A live recording of a joint lecture I gave in October 2008 with a former student, Shannon Holste, Washington College '07

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Episode 5: On Wingless Balrogs and Tom Bombadil

July 8th, 2009

22:39

An informal podcast Q&A, in which the Tolkien Professor discusses his views on the winglessness of Balrogs and the identity of Tom Bombadil

Episode 4: At the Roots of the Mountain

June 16th, 2009

49:52

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 …

Episode 3: The Ridiculous and the Sublime

June 16th, 2009

32:48

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: …

Episode 2: Took and Baggins

June 16th, 2009

37:10

The Hobbit Series Lecture 1, in which I examine how Tolkien introduces his fantasy world through his flustered little protagonist. Text: Chapter 1, …

Episode 1: How to Read Tolkien and Why

June 16th, 2009

28:25

The Intro Lecture, in which I discuss Tolkien's understanding of the nature and importance of storytelling. Primary Text: Tolkien's essay "On …

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