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0381 » Lord of the Rings » Tolkien’s Foreword(s) » What LOTR Is About, According To Tolkien

Hey there, fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, episode 381!

In this bonus episode of DO NOT BE HASTY, we’ll be considering this highly important and controversial question: WHAT DID TOLKIEN SAY LORD OF THE RINGS WAS ABOUT?

We’ll do so by exploring Tolkien’s Foreword to the Lord of the Rings.

Or should I say…Fore-WORDS!

Indeed, the first and second editions contain entirely different Forewords by Tolkien, and each has its own peculiarities that will be of interest to all of us Tolkien deep-divers!

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0382 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch02.Pt05 » The Shadow of the Past part 5 » The Powers of the Ring

0382 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch02.Pt05 » The Shadow of the Past part 5 » The Powers of the Ring

Welcome to Episode 16 of DO NOT BE HASTY – I’m calling this one “The Powers of the Ring”.

In this episode of DO NOT BE HASTY, we continue through The Shadow of the Past, as Gandalf leads us on a deep dive into the history and lore of the Rings of Power!

SECTION START: “Ah!” said Gandalf. “That is a very long story.”
SECTION END: “But at last I can carry on the story, I think.”

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0380 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch02.Pt04 » The Shadow of the Past part 4 » The Fiery Letters

0380 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch02.Pt04 » The Shadow of the Past part 4 » The Fiery Letters

Welcome to Episode 15 of DO NOT BE HASTY – I’m calling this one “The Fiery Letters”.
‘Hold it up!’ said Gandalf. ‘And look closely!’ 
As Frodo did so, he now saw fine lines, finer than the finest pen-strokes, running along the ring, outside and inside: lines of fire that seemed to form the letters of a flowing script. They shone piercingly bright, and yet remote, as if out of a great depth.
In this episode of DO NOT BE HASTY, we continue through The Shadow of the Past, as the true nature of Frodo’s Ring is definitively revealed by Gandalf!

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Title 0379 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch02.Pt03 » The Shadow of the Past part 3 » About That Ring, Frodo...

0379 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch02.Pt03 » The Shadow of the Past part 3 » About That Ring, Frodo…

Welcome to Episode 14 of DO NOT BE HASTY – I’m calling this one “About That Ring, Frodo…”

“‘It would be a grievous blow to the world, if the Dark Power overcame the Shire; if all your kind, jolly, stupid Bolgers, Hornblowers, Boffins, Bracegirdles, and the rest, not to mention the ridiculous Bagginses, became enslaved.'”

In this episode of DO NOT BE HASTY, we continue through The Shadow of the Past, as Gandalf reveals to Frodo all that he has learned of his Ring in the past 17 years.

SECTION START: Next morning after a late breakfast…

SECTION END: “Give me the ring for a moment.” Join us!

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0378 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch02.Pt02 » Sam At The Green Dragon » The Shadow of the Past Part 2

0378 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch02.Pt02 » The Shadow of the Past Part 2 » Sam At The Green Dragon

Welcome to Episode 13 of DO NOT BE HASTY – I’m calling this one “Sam at the Green Dragon”!
“And I’ve heard tell that Elves are moving west. They do say they are going to the harbours, out away beyond the White Towers.’
Sam waved his arm vaguely; neither he nor any of them knew how far it was to the Sea, past the old towers beyond the western borders of the Shire. But it was an old tradition that away over there stood the Grey Havens, from which at times elven-ships set sail, never to return.”
In this episode of DO NOT BE HASTY, we continue through The Shadow of the Past, as we listen in on Sam’s speculations at the Green Dragon concerning Elves and Tree-men!
This section begins with the words: “Little of all this, of course, reached the ears of ordinary hobbits.”
And ends with: “…and they stayed up far into the night.”
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This section begins with the words: “The talk did not die down in nine or even ninety-nine days…”

And ends with…“but they had no name.”

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0377 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch02.Pt01 » 17 Years Later » Bilbo's Fate, Freder Bolger, Folco Boffin, more

0377 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch02.Pt01 » The Shadow of the Past part 1 » 17 Years Later

In this episode of DO NOT BE HASTY, we’ll begin exploring The Shadow of the Past (Book 2, Chapter 2 of Lord of the Rings), by finding out what Frodo is up to as the lone master of Bag-End, and what is going on in the wider world beyond the borders of the Shire!

This section begins with the words: “The talk did not die down in nine or even ninety-nine days…”

And ends with…“but they had no name.”

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0376 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch01.Pt11 » Mailbag » Proudfoots, Eleventy, Michel Delving, Winyard, and more!

0376 » Lord of the Rings Bk1.Ch01.Pt11 » Mailbag » Proudfoots, Eleventy, Michel Delving, Winyard, and more!

In this episode of DO NOT BE HASTY, we hit the mailbag for your thoughts on The Lord of the Rings Book 1, Chapter 1, A Long Expected Party.And by the way, you guys delivered BIG TIME!

While we won’t be able to get to nearly everything you wrote in the YouTube comments, on our Patreon page, and elsewhere, we’re going to hit some great stuff from a lot of different folks so buckle up for a fun ride!

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