0021 – The Lord of the Rings – Prologue (Concerning Hobbits)

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On this episode of Tolkien Road, we continue with The Lord of the Rings by discussing the Prologue, the section that begins with “Concerning Hobbits.” We cover the origin and nature of hobbits, pipeweed, the structure of hobbit society, and Bilbo’s little white lie regarding Gollum and the Ring. We also examine the fascinating narrative structure that Tolkien begins to […]

0020 – The Lord of the Rings – Tolkien’s Foreword

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On this episode of Tolkien Road, we turn to The Lord of the Rings and begin our journey through the Third Age of Middle-earth with Tolkien’s foreword to the Second Edition. This is an important section, because in it Tolkien discusses his reasons for writing the book. We’ll also discuss just what he means when he says that […]

0019 – The Silmarillion – Ch09 – Of the Flight of the Noldor – Pt 2

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On this episode of Tolkien Road, John & Greta continue their chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion with the second part of Chapter 9, “Of the Flight of the Noldor”, wherein Fëanor leads the Noldor on a hell-bound quest to attack Morgoth and reclaim the Silmarils. Originally released: 5/15/2015. Talking Tolkien is now known as The Tolkien Road. If you like The Tolkien […]

0018 – The Silmarillion – Ch09 – Of the Flight of the Noldor – Pt 1

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On this episode of Tolkien Road, John & Greta continue their chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion with the first part of Chapter 9, “Of the Flight of the Noldor”, wherein the Valar must determine what to do after the attack on the Two Trees. We also look at Melkor’s next steps, and what becomes of his […]

0017 – The Silmarillion – Ch08 – Of the Darkening of Valinor

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Welcome to the 17th episode of The Tolkien Road podcast (formerly known as Talking Tolkien). On this episode, John & Greta continue their chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion with Chapter 8, Of the Darkening of Valinor, wherein Melkor and the giant spider Ungoliant throw the Blessed Realm into overwhelming darkness. Sounds like a fun-packed family adventure, eh? […]