The Tolkien Road

A podcast about Middle-earth and all things Tolkien.

0239 – The History of Middle-earth – Vol. 6: The Return of the Shadow

On Episode 239, we are continuing our journey through The History of Middle-earth series as we survey volume 6, The Return of the Shadow, which is the first of 4 volumes dealing with the textual history of The Lord of the Rings.

In this volume, we learn about Frodo’s and Strider’s original names, Bilbo’s marriage, Treebeard’s first appearance, and much more!

The executive producers of this episode are Kaitlyn of Tea With Tolkien, Liis U, Andrew T, John R., and Ms. Anonymous.


Special thanks to the following patrons:
  • Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien
  • Liis U
  • Andrew T
  • John R
  • Shannon S
  • Brian O
  • Emilio P
  • Zeke F
  • James A
  • James L
  • Chris L
  • Chuck F
  • Asya V
  • Ish of the Hammer
  • Teresa C
  • David of Pints with Jack
  • Jonathan D
  • Eric S
  • Joey S
  • Eric B
  • Matt L
  • Johanna T
  • Ms. Anonymous
  • Mike M
  • Dyrenair
  • Robert H
  • Paul D
  • Jacob S
  • Julia
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2 Responses

  1. Bingo Bolger Baggins, I knew him well;
    First he was Bilbo’s son, then he became – well…..
    You know the rest, as we all do,
    Tolkien saved the best for last.
    Poor Tom Bombadill, and Glorfindel, and Erkenbrand too,
    Don’t forget Beregond and his son.
    All of them were left out because Mr. P.J. got
    it into his head that he knew better
    than the man who wrote the matter.
    Now we know how this little story
    grew and grew, O what glory;
    To read and hear of such delights as Bingo, Marmaduke and the like.

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