“Leaf By Niggle” with Bellator Colloquium Podcast

Hey there fellow travelers! I was honored recently to be a guest on The Bellator Colloquium podcast, where we discussed Tolkien’s incredible short story “Leaf By Niggle”. We talked about Leaf back in 2015 on the podcast, but honestly, my understanding of this story has expanded and deepened so much since then. So here’s a sample […]

All Tales May Come True

Due to extreme technical difficulties, Episode 179 is delayed by a week. However, I wanted to share with you a sample of my audio-essay “All Tales May Come True”. The full audio-essay and PDF are available to our patrons at Patreon.com/TolkienRoad. Also, as mentioned on the last episode, for the month of October 2019, the first 5 […]

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 […]