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0266 » Tolkien vs. Narnia!

0266 » Tolkien vs. Narnia!

November 22, 2021

The conventional wisdom says that JRR Tolkien didn't much care for his buddy C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.

Is this true? If so, what was so off-putting about the stories from Tolkien's perspective?

In episode 266, John is joined by Holly Ordway (author of Tolkien's Modern Reading) and David Bates (of Pints With Jack, the C.S. Lewis podcast) to explore these questions and more. Join us!

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CONTENTS
- Tolkien's View of Narnia » 2:30
- WHY Did Tolkien Hold This View? » 10:45
- Tolkien's View of Lewis' Space Trilogy » 16:45
- Tolkien's View of His Earlier Works (Hobbit, Roverandom, etc) » 26:45
- Narnia vs. The Wind in the Willows » 34:15
- Tolkien's Fr. Christmas Letters » 41:45
- Tolkien, Lewis, Númenor, and LOTR on Prime » 48:00

LINKS
- Ep 228 » Tolkien's Modern Reading » An Interview with Dr. Holly Ordway » https://youtu.be/7n2Ylfx46Qk
- Pints With Jack Podcast » https://www.pintswithjack.com/
- Support Us On Patreon » https://patreon.com/tolkienroad
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- Brian O
- Emilio P
- Zeke F
- James A
- James L
- Chris L
- Chuck F
- Asya V
- Ish of the Hammer
- Teresa C
- David of Pints with Jack
- Jonathan D
- Eric S
- Joey S
- Eric B
- Johanna T
- Mike M
- Robert H
- Paul D
- Julia
- Werty

0265 » Númenorean Living & The Nature of Middle-earth » Important LOTR on Prime Details!

0265 » Númenorean Living & The Nature of Middle-earth » Important LOTR on Prime Details!

November 15, 2021

In episode 265, we're looking at life in Númenor, as spelled out in The Nature of Middle-earth!

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CONTENTS
- Númenorean Chieftains Were Beardless » 11:31
- Long Life and Peace » 14:30
- Weariness / Clinging to Life » 21:00
- Númenorean Aging » 22:30
- Númenorean Marriage » 32:30
- Númenorean Values & Pride » 35:40
- Correspondence » 41:45 

LINKS
- Ep 216 » The Bombadil Enigma » https://youtu.be/iiFIWF6BtUo 

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0264 » Shocking Surprises from The Nature of Middle-earth » Gandalf, Hobbits, Eagles, Beards, more

0264 » Shocking Surprises from The Nature of Middle-earth » Gandalf, Hobbits, Eagles, Beards, more

November 9, 2021

In episode 264, we discuss some truly surprising new details from The Nature of Middle-earth. Seriously mind-blowing stuff here!

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CONTENTS 
- What Did Gandalf Look Like? » 7:30
- Heights of Aragorn, Boromir, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, Frodo, Sam, etc » 17:55
- What Race Are Hobbits? » 22:40
- Eagles Are Maiar » 26:10
- Beards of Middle-earth (Dwarf-Women???) » 28:45
- Correspondence » 35:12

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- Chris L
- Chuck F
- Asya V
- Ish of the Hammer
- Teresa C
- David of Pints with Jack
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0263 » LOTR on Prime » The Most Important Question (Also, Our 2022 Plan!)

0263 » LOTR on Prime » The Most Important Question (Also, Our 2022 Plan!)

November 1, 2021

2022 will be the biggest year in Tolkien fandom since 1977, the year The Silmarillion was released. It will be the year that changes EVERYTHING.  

In this episode, we’re discussing ALL THE THINGS that are happening in Middle-earth, and what OUR plan is for the coming year.  

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CONTENTS - Biggest Year Since 1977? » 4:00 - LOTR on Prime & War of the Rohirrim » 4:55 - Our Plan for 2022 » 14:00 - The Most Important Question » 18:30 - Concerns About LOTR on Prime » 26:00 - Returning to The Silmarillion » 30:45 - How to Join Us » 37:30

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0262 » The Kings of Númenor » Unfinished Tales » The Line of Elros » LOTR on Prime » Ar-Pharazôn

0262 » The Kings of Númenor » Unfinished Tales » The Line of Elros » LOTR on Prime » Ar-Pharazôn

October 25, 2021

In this episode, we take a close look at "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor" from Unfinished Tales! It’s a brief and fascinating account of the 3000 year history of Númenor, and contains a lot that needs to be unpacked!

As we have explored before, the history of Númenor spans a vast period: over 3000 years. While works like “Akallabêth” and “The Tale of Years” also chronicle the events of this period, The Line of Elros approaches it by listing the generations of Númenor’s monarchs, which totals 25 here, and providing important details about them all.

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- Background » 6:45 - Elros & Númenor's Inception » 9:50 - Tar-Elendil & Silmarien » 19:30 - Tar-Meneldur & Tar-Aldarion » 21:30 - Tar-Telperien & the Rings of Power » 26:25 - Tar-Ciryatan & The Shadow » 31:15 - Tar-Vanimelde » 43:08 - Ar-Adûnakhor » 50:40 - Ar-Gimilzôr & Tar-Palantir » 52:08 - Ar-Pharazôn & Tar-Miriel » 54:45 - Correspondence » 1:02:40

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0261 » The Silmarillion » A Tale of Two Endings » Keith Mathison » Middle-earth Eschatology

0261 » The Silmarillion » A Tale of Two Endings » Keith Mathison » Middle-earth Eschatology

October 18, 2021

In episode 261, we're discussing Tolkien's ORIGINAL and far more detailed ending to The Silmarillion. We're delighted to be joined once again by Keith Mathison.

read The Silmarillion - A Tale of Two Endings 

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CONTENTS:- Christopher Tolkien's dilemma » 3:20 - A Tale of Two Endings? » 5:30 - The published ending » 10:58 - The other ending » The Second Prophecy of Mandos » 13:02 - Why did Christopher go with the published version? » 18:40 - 7 Reasons why the other version is better » 23:16 (Eucatastrophe, On Fairy-stories, The Waldman Letter, Tom Bombadil, Galadriel, Athrabeth, etc)

LINKS:- What Did Gandalf REALLY Look Like? Here's What JRR Tolkien Says In The Nature Of Middle-earth » https://youtu.be/v0ejOhONshg - buy Tolkien's Requiem: https://tolkiensrequiem.com/ - buy Tolkien's Overture: https://tolkiensoverture.com/

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0260 » The Fool‘s Hope » Of Gandalf and Pippin in Minas Tirith

0260 » The Fool‘s Hope » Of Gandalf and Pippin in Minas Tirith

October 11, 2021

In episode 260, we discuss Gandalf's famous characterization of Frodo's quest: "a fool's hope". Why did he say that? Why is it significant he was saying that to Pippin? What is the broader significance of that line for the work and for Middle-earth (and our reality) in general? 

Here's the passage: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/796083-all-now-took-leave-of-the-lord-of-the-city

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CONTENTS- The Passage » 4:22 - "The starless blackness" and the Shadow » 9:35 - "Fool of a Took!" » 10:30 - Cirith Ungol: Why would he go THAT way? » St. Paul and the Fool's Hope » 16:05 - The role of hobbits in Gandalf's life and mission » 21:12 - Is Nature of Middle-earth good for someone who hasn't read The History of Middle-earth? » 24:40 - Understanding Catholicism Through Tolkien & Conversion » 26:30 - Shakespeare & Tolkien » 27:28 - The Ride of the Rohirrim and Speeding » 30:00 - Eru's Will? » 33:20 - Gandalf's Appearance and Tolkien's Care Factor » 42:50

LINKS - What Did Gandalf REALLY Look Like? Here's What JRR Tolkien Says In The Nature Of Middle-earth » https://youtu.be/v0ejOhONshg - buy Tolkien's Requiem: https://tolkiensrequiem.com/ - buy Tolkien's Overture: https://tolkiensoverture.com/

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0259 » Carl Hostetter » The Nature of Middle-earth » Theological and Metaphysical Themes

0259 » Carl Hostetter » The Nature of Middle-earth » Theological and Metaphysical Themes

October 4, 2021

In episode 259, we sit down once again with Carl Hostetter, editor of the latest volume of JRR Tolkien's writings, The Nature of Middle-earth.

We focus our attention on Appendix I: Metaphysical and Theological Themes.

CONTENTS:

- How has the response been to The Nature of Middle-earth? » 3:38 - What inspired this appendix on the "religious and Catholic" question? 9:50 - Ages of the World » 13:19 - Body (Hröa) and Spirit (Feä) » 21:50 - Evil as Lack of Perfection » 24:20 - Contingency of Existence » 32:35 - Theistic Evolution » 40:53 - Hylomorphism » 45:55 - The Fall of Man, The Elves, and the Númenoreans (and Mary) » 52:50 - Incorruptibility of Saints, Odour of Sanctity » 1:03:40 - Marriage » 1:08:30 - Christ's Incarnation and Middle-earth » 1:12:25

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LINKS: - buy The Nature of Middle-earth: https://amzn.to/3Fbz5Ki - listen to Episode 251, our first interview with Carl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-raT... - Tolkien's New Book » REACTION » The Nature of Middle-earth » Reincarnation, Beards, and more: https://youtu.be/1yykDzgEnpM

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0258 - Defeating Evil » A Middle-earth Guide

0258 - Defeating Evil » A Middle-earth Guide

September 27, 2021

In episode 258, we continue our exploration of what Tolkien meant by Lord of the Rings being “fundamentally religious and Catholic” as we explore the connection between Middle-earth mythology and key Christian ideas.  

Also, we're joined by Michael Jahosky as our guest co-host! You can learn more about all of Michael's work at MythicMission.com.  

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0257 - Guilty Pleasures » Athrabeth, Enya, Estel, The Shadow, Consolation, and more!

0257 - Guilty Pleasures » Athrabeth, Enya, Estel, The Shadow, Consolation, and more!

September 20, 2021

In episode 257, we discuss:

- The wisdom of Tolkien - Athrabeth / Estel - The Power of Enya - Guilty Pleasures - Tolkien Was Racist??? - Praise for Tolkien's Overture - and more!

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