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0261 » The Silmarillion » A Tale of Two Endings » Keith Mathison » Middle-earth Eschatology

In episode 261, we’re discussing Tolkien’s ORIGINAL and far more detailed ending to The Silmarillion. We’re delighted to be joined once again by Keith Mathison.

read The Silmarillion – A Tale of Two Endings 

Two Trees of Valinor” artwork by kuliszu


  • Andrew T
  • John R
  • Ms. Anonymous
  • Redhawk


  • Christopher Tolkien’s dilemma » 3:20
  • A Tale of Two Endings? » 5:30
  • The published ending » 10:58
  • The other ending » The Second Prophecy of Mandos » 13:02
  • Why did Christopher go with the published version? » 18:40
  • 7 Reasons why the other version is better » 23:16 (Eucatastrophe, On Fairy-stories, The Waldman Letter, Tom Bombadil, Galadriel, Athrabeth, etc)



Special thanks to the following patrons: 

  • Andrew T
  • John R
  • Ms. Anonymous
  • Redhawk
  • 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


One Response

  1. For all those who remember, “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”. “Yes Shippey, there Is a Christ-figure in Tolkien”. So much for those who insist that Tolkien never intended to include a Christ/Messiah in his Legendarium.

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