0194 – The Hobbit – The Lost Chapters – Pt3 – The Broken Bridge

History of the Hobbit by John Rateliff

In 1960, Tolkien undertook a revision of The Hobbit that would have brought it into greater harmony with The Lord of the Rings, both in style and detail. However, the revision only got so far before Tolkien moved on to other things. On this episode, we’ll look at the significant revisions Tolkien made to The […]

0193 – The Hobbit – The Lost Chapters – Pt2 – A Well-Planned Party

History of the Hobbit by John Rateliff

“As will be readily seen, much of the wording of [The Hobbit] remains, yet the tone is greatly altered.” – John Rateliff What if The Hobbit as we know it today had been told in a different way? On the last episode, we discovered that, around 1960, Tolkien did in fact undertake a significant revision […]

0192 – The Hobbit – The Lost Chapters – Pt1

History of the Hobbit by John Rateliff

“…around 1960, [Tolkien] decided to undertake a detailed revision of The Hobbit and fully reconcile it to [Lord of the Rings]…” While The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings share a continuous narrative focused on “The Great Years” of Middle-earth’s late Third Age, for serious readers of Tolkien the two works appear, in many respects, to be of […]

0169 – Concerning “The Hobbit” (The Animated Film)

Concerning The Hobbit, the 1977 animated film… Please support on Patreon for as little as $1 per episode! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 5:30)… Background / Rankin & Bass Notable actors Opening / Bilbo / Gandalf / Dwarves Trolls Rivendell / Elrond No Stone Giants! Misty Mountain Goblins Gollum Eagles No Beorn! Mirkwood / Spiders Woodelves?!?!?! Laketown […]

0168 – Concerning Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

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Concerning Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”… Please support on Patreon for as little as $1 per episode! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 5:30)… Smaug’s big splash / Bard The Master’s Death Thorin’s Dragon Sickness / The Arkenstone Dol Guldur Thranduil The Battle The Journey Home BIRDS!!! Lesser role for Ravens, Thrushes, […]

0167 – The Hobbit – Ch19 – The Last Stage

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Concerning “The Last Stage”, from auctioning Bag-End to Bilbo’s afterthought… Please support on Patreon for as little as $1 per episode! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 6:45)… May 1st: Arriving in Rivendell Song of the Elves: “The dragon is withered” The White Council (Gandalf and Elrond  convo) “Sing all Ye joyful” The Last Road Trolls gold […]

0166 – The Hobbit – Ch18 – The Return Journey

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Concerning “The Return Journey”, from grievous goodbyes to peak panoramas… Please support on Patreon for as little as $1 per episode! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 7:30)… Bilbo Awakens Thorin’s Death / Dwarf Eschatology Eagles / Beorn King Dain / Thorin Buried with Arkenstone Happily Ever After / Goodbyes The Journey Home Begins Yuletide at Beorn’s […]

0165 – The Hobbit – Ch17 – The Clouds Burst

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Concerning “A Thief in the Night”, from Arkenstone arrangements to Bolg’s battalions… If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 11:00)… Negotiating the Arkenstone Gandalf Revealed / Bilbo Rebuked An Ugly Truce / Dain Arrives The Dwarves Spring / The Battle Is […]

0164 – The Hobbit – Ch16 – A Thief in the Night

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Concerning “A Thief in the Night”, from Thorin’s threat to Bilbo’s burglary… If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 8:00)… The Arkenstone and Thorin’s Threat Roäc’s Warning Bilbo’s Plan Bilbo and Bombur Bilbo and the Elves What is Bilbo’s plan? The […]

0163 – The Hobbit – Ch15 – The Gathering of the Clouds

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Concerning “Fire and Water”, from Roäc the Raven to Bard’s brigade… If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 13:00)… The gathering of the birds / The old Thrush returns Quoth the Raven: “Smaug is Dead” “Go to Dain!” / Fortifying the […]