The Tolkien Road podcast

The Tolkien Road

John Carswell

A long walk through Middle-earth! Join co-hosts John & Greta as they go chapter-by-chapter through The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and all of Tolkien's other works.

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    Ep 260 » The Fool's Hope » Of Gandalf and Pippin in Minas Tirith

    48:39

    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 Join us! WATCH THE VIDEO  ***This episode was released Ad-Free and 3 Days Early for Our BELOVED Fellowship of Patrons - LEARN MORE*** EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous, Redhawk 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/ SPECIAL THANKS: - Andrew T - John R - Ms. Anonymous - Redhawk - Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien - Shannon S - 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
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    0259 » Carl Hostetter » The Nature of Middle-earth » Theological and Metaphysical Themes

    1:19:04

    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 EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous 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 SPECIAL THANKS:Andrew T John R Ms. Anonymous Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien Shannon S 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
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    0258 - Defeating Evil » A Middle-earth Guide

    57:37

    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.   Join us! EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous WATCH THE VIDEO  SPECIAL THANKS:Andrew T John R Ms. Anonymous Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien Shannon S 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  
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    0257 - Guilty Pleasures » Athrabeth, Enya, Estel, The Shadow, Consolation, and more!

    47:06

    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! Join us! EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous WATCH THE VIDEO SPECIAL THANKS: Andrew T John R Ms. Anonymous Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien Shannon S 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
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    0256 - The Nature of Middle-earth, The Wheel of Time, LOTRonPrime, LOTR film flaws, Verisimilitude, Elendil, etc

    1:05:33

    In episode 256, we discuss: - The Nature of Middle-earth - The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan / Carl Hostetter resemblance - LOTRonPrime theories - LOTR films criticisms - The Council of Elrond - and more! Join us! ***Ad-Free and 2 Days Early for Our Patrons*** EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous WATCH THE VIDEO LINKS - Wheel of Time trailer - Robert Jordan images - Carl Hostetter image - Telperion and Laurelin by mrsvein72 - "The Swan of Tuonela" music SPECIAL THANKS: Andrew T John R Ms. Anonymous Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien Shannon S 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
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    0255 - Lord of the Rings "Religious and Catholic" » What Did Tolkien Mean?

    50:17

    Did Tolkien really say that the Lord of the Rings is “fundamentally religious and Catholic”? Just what did he mean by that? How much does it matter for deepening our appreciation of Lord of the Rings and of Middle-earth? Join us as we explore the issue! EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous WATCH THE VIDEO  CONTENTS - Disclaimer for the Non-Religious » 1:55 - Fr Robert Murray » 6:25 - The Letter » 12:26 - "The order of Grace" » 21:14 - Mary = "All my perception of beauty" » 29:28 - "A fundamentally religious and Catholic work" » 32:19 - "Unconsciously at first / Consciously in the revision" » 36:27 LINKS- Obituary for Fr Robert Murray, SJ » https://www.thetablet.co.uk/texts-speeches-homilies/4/1160/obituary-robert-murray-sj - James Murray, Founding Editor of Oxford English Dictionary » https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Murray_(lexicographer) - Metaphysics » https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaphysics - The Nature of Middle-earth » https://amzn.to/2WTzbVB SPECIAL THANKS: Andrew T John R Ms. Anonymous Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien Shannon S 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
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    0254 - Númenor's Religion (and Purpose)

    1:00:36

    Why did Númenor exist? Was it simply to reward the Edain and their descendants? Or was there some greater purpose that impacted the rest of Arda, and perhaps even the Cosmos? In this episode, we are focusing on The Religion of Númenor, per a passage from Unfinished Tales' "A Description of Númenor". This is a very important topic for a number of reasons, but I want to highlight two specifically.   First of all, Tolkien famously (and as it turns out controversially) called Lord of the Rings a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work”. What exactly he meant by this is a subject of much debate, and likely key to understanding what he meant to do with the work.  Second of all, religion is a subject that has been of foundational importance in every human civilization in recorded history. Religion informs how we see ourselves and the meaning of our lives. Therefore, to know that Númenor had an actual religion is key to understanding what Númenor was all about. Indeed, there may be no more important topic for the producers of LOTR on Prime to think about and incorporate into the show if they want to make it truly worthy of Tolkien’s name. EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous WATCH THE VIDEO  CONTENTS  - Why Discuss Númenor's Religion? »  2:42 - The Religion of Númenor per Unfinished Tales » 4:50 - Discussion of the passage » 7:50 - Connection to the Ban » 16:00 - "Fundamentally Religious and Catholic" » 27:45 - Mailbag » 31:15 LINKS  - The Three Prayers » http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Three_Prayers - Erukyermeë » http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Erukyerm%C3%AB - Erulaitalë » http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Erulaital%C3%AB - Erulaitalë » http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Eruhantal%C3%AB - The Banner Saga » https://bannersaga.com/ - Referenced Emma Thompson Quote » https://www.eviemagazine.com/post/emma-thompson-criticizes-hollywood-for-failing-to-portray-authentic SPECIAL THANKS: Andrew T John R Ms. Anonymous Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien Shannon S 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
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    0253 - The Silmarillion: 3 Major Problems

    58:25

    In early July, I published an 8 minute video on our YouTube channel titled The Silmarillion: 3 Big Problems (and How to Fix Them). For many Tolkien fans, even asserting that there are problems with a work like The Silmarillion might be considered borderline blasphemy. I might have even said the same thing several years ago! However, after our survey of Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth, I’m convinced that Christopher Tolkien himself came to view The Silmarillion as a flawed work. In episode 253, Greta and I discuss these problems in depth. We also catch up on correspondence, with topics ranging from the Valar to the flame of Udun to feedback on our recent discussion with Carl Hostetter. EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous WATCH THE VIDEO  CONTENTS  - What We're Criticizing » 4:43 - Fix #1: Better Maps » 11:13 - Fix #2: Narrative Style » 23:20 - Fix #3: Timetables » 28:56 - Mailbag » 33:35  LINKS  - VIDEO: "The Silmarillion - 3 Big Problems (and How to Fix Them)" - ARTICLE: "The Silmarillion - A Tale of Two Endings" by Keith Mathison - PATRON-ONLY BONUS EPISODE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/55171119  SPECIAL THANKS: Andrew T John R Ms. Anonymous Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien Shannon S 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
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    0252 - Birds of Middle-earth: Swans, Eagles, Crows, Thrushes - Interview with Ornithologist Jon Rice

    1:17:23

    Birds play a massive, iconic role in the legendarium of Middle-earth. From the great Eagles that always seem to appear at the most eucatastrophic moments to the tiny Thrush that proves the downfall of Smaug, Tolkien's love for birds seems to rise to the level of his love for languages and trees! A few months ago, long-time listener, patron, and ornithologist Jonathan Rice sent us a lengthy email about swans, crows, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. It was so interesting that we decided to have Jonathan join us and discuss the role of birds in Middle-earth as well as the accuracy of Tolkien's depictions of birds. This is a fascinating interview, so do yourself a favor and join us! ARTWORK Fingon rescues Maedhros by rinthcog: https://www.deviantart.com/rinthcog/art/Fingon-rescues-Maedhros-252351769 EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: - Andrew T - John R - Ms. Anonymous CONTENTS - How Jonathan became an Ornithologist - Swans, Ulmo, the Teleri - Black Swan Theory - Crows / Crebain - Seagulls, Thrushes, Dragons, Fellbeasts (patron-only) LINKS - Ornithology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornithology - Black Swan Theory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory - Kingfisher: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingfisher SPECIAL THANKS: Andrew T John R Ms. Anonymous Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien Shannon S 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
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    LOTR on Prime & the TWO TREES???

    26:31

    Hey there, fellow travelers!   What you're about to listen to is the audio from our latest video, in which we reacted to last week's big LOTRonPrime news from Amazon. We're talking about this: https://twitter.com/LOTRonPrime/status/1422255647106617359   In order to get the full effect, you should probably head on over to YouTube and watch this.   Here's the video »» https://youtu.be/InRr7N7YVEY   However, if you'd prefer just the audio, I've provided it here in its entirety.   Thanks for watching and / or listening, and enjoy!

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