The Tolkien Road

A podcast about Middle-earth and all things Tolkien.

0271 » Carl Hostetter » LOTR on Prime, Peter Jackson’s Films, Tolkien’s Catholic Faith, and more!

Hey there, fellow travelers!

By far, the biggest thing to happen in Tolkiendom in 2021 was The Nature of Middle-earth, the latest collection of previously unpublished Tolkien writings.

When we interviewed Carl Hostetter, the book’s editor, back in August, we recorded a special bonus episode for our patrons, in which we got Carl’s takes on topics including Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth films, LOTR on Prime, Tolkien’s Catholic Faith and the role it plays in Middle-earth, and controversy in the world of Tolkien Studies.

Carl has made an incredible contribution to Tolkien’s legacy with The Nature of Middle-earth as well as his other work in Tolkien studies and lore, and we should all be open to what he has to say on these important topics! Join us!


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  • Ms. Anonymous
  • Kaitlyn of Tea With Tolkien


  • Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth films » 1:50
  • LOTR on Prime » 8:20
  • Tolkien Studies » 12:34
  • Tolkien & Religion » 18:10


Special thanks to the following patrons: 

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  • John R
  • Ms. Anonymous
  • Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien
  • Redhawk
  • Shannon S
  • Brian O
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  • James A
  • James L
  • Chris L
  • Chuck F
  • Asya V
  • Ish of the Hammer
  • Teresa C
  • David of Pints with Jack
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  • Joey S
  • Eric B
  • Johanna T
  • Mike M
  • Robert H
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  • Julia
  • Werty



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