0012 – The Silmarillion – Ch05 – Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië

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How did the Elves get to Aman? Whatever became of Thingol? Where does Galadriel come from? And why did we forget a critical Wayne’s World reference in the Thingol and Melian episode? We explore all these issues and more in Episode 12. Plus, Greta busts out her own killer haiku!!! Originally released: 3/27/2015. Talking Tolkien is now […]

0011 – Leaf By Niggle – Pt 2 – The Story

Join us as we discuss “Leaf By Niggle”, my favorite non-Middle-earth Tolkien story. “Leaf By Niggle” is a mythical story about creativity and love of neighbor with a wonderful conclusion. In the second of a two-part series, we discuss the profound meaning contained in what Tolkien referred to as his “purgatorial” story and the story that reflected his anxities […]

0010 – Leaf By Niggle – Pt 1 – Introduction

“Leaf By Niggle” is one of Tolkien’s lesser known works, but it yields a ton of insight into his own creative vision. In the first of a two-part series, we discuss what Tolkien himself had to say about the story he wrote one morning in the late 30’s. This is also my favorite non-Middle-earth Tolkien […]

0009 – The Silmarillion – Ch04 – Of Thingol and Melian

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Tolkien’s first story of inter-species love concerns Thingol and Melian. Find out why the shortest chapter in The Silmarillion is one of the most important in the history of Middle-earth as we explore the 4th chapter of The Silmarillion proper, Of Thingol and Melian. Come get lost in Middle-earth and explore the history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings! Originally released: […]