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0333 » Lord of the Rings & Easter Joy » Everything Sad Will Come Untrue » Samwise and The Field of Cormallen

Happy Easter everyone! (we’re Catholic, and so was Tolkien, so it’s still Easter…)

In this episode, we read Samwise’s astonished awakening in The Field of Cormallen after the destruction of the One Ring, and discuss how it relates to the overwhelming joy of Easter.

“The Resurrection was the greatest ‘eucatastrophe’ possible in the greatest Fairy Story – and produces that essential emotion: Christian joy which produces tears because it is qualitatively so like sorrow, because it comes from those places where Joy and Sorrow are at one, reconciled, as selfishness and altruism are lost in Love.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 89


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The Mythic Mind with Andrew Snyder » The Tolkien Road Episode 322

0322 » The Mythic Mind with Andrew Snyder

In episode 322, I’m joined by Andrew Snyder of The Mythic Mind podcast. We talk Middle-earth, Tolkien, Christianity, Kierkegaard, The Shadow, and the consolation that Tolkien provided in Andrew’s life during a very dark period. Join us!

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How Tolkien Saved My Life

0300 » How Tolkien Saved My Life

Join us for an in-depth discussion of “Of Beleriand and Its Realms”, the 14th chapter of The Silmarillion. Get the most out of your Silmarillion reading from this exploration of the map of Middle-earth’s First Age.

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  1. Oh I know what it is like, it is like when Catholics pray the Rosary. Even though I am not Catholic I have learned how to pray like one, and I especially love the Holy Rosary. The Sorrowful Mysteries, and so on; i have heard about the Seven Sorrows of Mary, that some of these Mysteries are also found in the Joyful Mysteries. If this is true then it does make sense. So that Sorrow and Joy are akin and yet there is no trace of bitterness. I mean that there is no bitterness in Joy, no bitterness in Heaven.
    Indeed He Is Risen!!!

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