The Tolkien Road

A podcast about Middle-earth and all things Tolkien.

0251 – The Nature of Middle-earth: An Interview with Carl Hostetter

We are delighted to welcome Carl Hostetter to The Tolkien Road!

Carl is the editor of the forthcoming book The Nature of Middle-earth, the latest collection of previously unpublished writings from JRR Tolkien.

This was a wide-ranging discussion! We covered topics like Tolkien’s final word on the length of Valian Years, Elrond’s “Man-equivalent” age, Carl’s involvement in the study of Quenya and Sindarin, how he came to write this book, and so much more!

Be sure to check out the patron-only bonus discussion we had with Carl, in which we discuss his views of Peter Jackson’s films, what he’s expecting from LOTR on Prime, and his opinion on the ever-controversial question of Tolkien and religion.



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

Special thanks to the following patrons: 

  • Andrew T
  • John R
  • Ms. Anonymous
  • Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien
  • 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
  • Johanna T
  • Mike M
  • Robert H
  • Paul D
  • Julia
  • Werty


The Mythic Mind with Andrew Snyder » The Tolkien Road Episode 322

0322 » The Mythic Mind with Andrew Snyder

In episode 322, I’m joined by Andrew Snyder of The Mythic Mind podcast. We talk Middle-earth, Tolkien, Christianity, Kierkegaard, The Shadow, and the consolation that Tolkien provided in Andrew’s life during a very dark period. Join us!

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