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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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0370 » LOTR 1.01.05 » A Long Expected Party Pt 05 » Bilbo's Speech / Hobbit Math

0370 » LOTR 1.01.05 » A Long Expected Party Pt 05 » Bilbo’s Speech / Hobbit Math

In this episode of Do Not Be Hasty, Bilbo delivers his unforgettable birthday speech and shocking surprise, as we continue through Lord of the Rings Book 1, Chapter 1, A Long Expected Party!
We’ll take time to consider every detail of his speech, and do the math on the most memorable line of them all:
“I don’t know half of you as half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
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Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch01.Pt04 » Bilbo's Birthday Banquet » A Long Expected Party Pt 4

0369 » LOTR 1.01.04 » A Long Expected Party Pt 04 » Bilbo’s Birthday Banquet

In this episode of DO NOT BE HASTY, Bilbo’s birthday festivities begin, as we continue through LORD OF THE RINGS Book 1, Chapter 1, A LONG EXPECTED PARTY!
We’ll take time to envision the layout of the party field, and consider the variety of entertainments and meals that made it one of the greatest birthday celebrations of all time!
This section begins with the words “Before long the invitations began pouring out…” and ends with the words “…and to cheer at every full stop.”
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Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch01.Pt03 » Gandalf of the Secret Fire(works) » A Long Expected Party Pt 3

0367 » LOTR 1.01.03 » A Long Expected Party Pt 03 » Gandalf, Keeper of the Secret Fire(works)

Welcome to Episode 367 of The Tolkien Road, or Episode 3 in the Do Not Be Hasty – reckoning!

In this episode, we’ll explore Gandalf’s arrival at Bag End with fireworks in tow, and his subsequent discussion with Bilbo about his party, plans, and upcoming joke.

Perhaps most importantly, we’ll answer that important question: just HOW BIG were Gandalf’s eyebrows???

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LOTR 1.01 » A Long Expected Party Pt 02 » Hamfast "The Gaffer" Gamgee » The Tolkien Road

0366 » LOTR 1.01.02 » A Long Expected Party Pt 02 » Hamfast “The Gaffer” Gamgee Holds Court

In this episode, we grab a pint with Sam’s dad at the Ivy Bush as we resume our exploration of Lord of the Rings Book 1 Chapter 1 A Long Expected Party by considering the section from “Twelve more years passed…” to “…this very month as-is.”

The bulk of this section concerns Hamfast Gamgee, aka The Gaffer, and his conversation with other Shire-folk including Daddy Twofoot, Sandyman the Miller, and Old Noakes.

Through their humorous back and forth, we’ll come to understand how Bilbo and Frodo are generally viewed around the Shire, and discover something of where the Gaffer’s son, Samwise, gets his personality.

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One Response

  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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