The Tolkien Road

A podcast about Middle-earth and all things Tolkien.

0023 – The Lord of the Rings – Bk1 – Ch01 – A Long Expected Party

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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Originally released: 6/12/2015.

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