The Tolkien Road

A podcast about Middle-earth and all things Tolkien.

0247 – The Good News of the Return of the King: An Interview with Michael Jahosky

On episode 247, John visits with Michael Jahosky, author of the book The Good News of the Return of the King.

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– Michael’s inspiration for this book » 5:15
– Lord of the Rings as Michael’s “road to Jerusalem” » 7:37
– Lord of the Rings and the sensation of reality » 14:10
– Non-Christian mythological elements in Lord of the Rings » 22:15
– Allegory, Fairy-story, Parables, and Tolkien » 27:51
– Lord of the Rings as “Good News” » 42:32
– Thorin as King David » 53:00
– The Debate of Finrod and Andreth » 57:45

and more!


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The Executive Producers of this episode are Liis U, Andrew T, John R., and Ms. Anonymous.

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  • Ish of the Hammer
  • Teresa C
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