The Tolkien Road

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0226 – The Life of JRR Tolkien – Part 4: 1950 – 1973

On episode 226, we conclude our exploration of Tolkien’s life story, focusing on the years 1950 – 1973, including the publication of Lord of the Rings and its slow rise to becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

The executive producers of this episode are Kaitlyn of Tea With Tolkien, Liis U, and Andrew T


0219 – The Life of JRR Tolkien – Part 1: 1892 – 1917

0220 – The Life of JRR Tolkien – Part 2: 1917 – 1936

0225 – The Life of JRR Tolkien – Part 3: 1937 – 1949


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4 Responses

  1. But paperbacks have more mistakes in them. I like paperbacks when they are not the mass-market editions. Some paperback editions are better than others, just as some hardcover editions are better than others. My Ballantine Book Club edition of The Hobbit literally split in half. I prefer the good hardcover editions because they last longer; especially when the binding and pages are sowed and not glued. Give me a paperback with sowed pages.

  2. 3:00 COVID-19 aside, you always give proper respect. If something is badass enough, like gaining a patron or chipping in, you can give them a ‘high 5’ however the commensurate response is the Dutch/Dillon style greeting from Predator (1987)

    Christ reigns,

  3. You may want to know that Phantastes was the book that Lewis said“baptized “ his imagination.
    Your comment on the life of an author affecting his works makes me think of the delightful movie about the making of Christmas Carol called “The Man Who Made Christmas. “. This seems to have worked its way into our family holiday traditions.
    As always your podcast inspire my mind and enliven my heart.

  4. The life of an author can affect the work of others as well. These works are the wood that has built millions of ships that sail towards goals and dreams daily. I’m grateful that Tolkien casted his crown at the feet of Christ.

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