The Tolkien Road – Ep. 33 – The Lord of the Rings – B1Ch10 – Strider

Concerning “Strider”, Book 1, Chapter 10 of The Lord of the Rings, wherein we learn more about the mysterious Ranger…
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Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien.  On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 10 of Fellowship, “Strider”, wherein we learn more about the mysterious Ranger, receive Gandalf’s letter, and find out about Merry’s run in with the Black Riders. We also discuss the wonderful “All that glitters is not gold” poem. By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

Topics of discussion include (with approximate start time in):

  • Tolkien Haiku for Book 1, Chapter 10 (~3:00)
  • “Behind the Haiku” by Greta (~9:45)
  • Guest Haiku (~13:45)
  • Greta’s favorite passage (~16:45)
  • John’s favorite passage (~30:20)
  • Gandalf’s Letter (~32:30)
  • Gandalf’s whereabouts (~36:15)
  • Merry’s return (~39:15)
  • The good will of Butterbur and Nob (~44:30)

And much more!

By the way, to see the Tolkien haiku(s) that didn’t make it onto the podcast, scroll down.



Haiku submitted but not read on air…

Josh Sosa

Barlinman the fool
yet an honest fool mind you
fears the Pilgrim’s wrath


Feel free to add your own haiku for this chapter in the comments below. Keep ’em coming everyone!

3 thoughts on “The Tolkien Road – Ep. 33 – The Lord of the Rings – B1Ch10 – Strider

  1. Mr. Carswell,
    Here is a haiku for the chapter, and I will follow up with a poem (I know Mrs. Carswell will be pleased :)) Also, I will do my best to keep up with the podcast, but I might miss an episode here and there because of school. Thanks!

    A knife in the dark
    Fear! Fire! Foes! Awake!
    For Mordor strikes again


  2. Mr. Carswell,
    Here is the poem for the chapter. I hope you like it!

    Listen, young folk, and you shall hear
    Of four Hobbits, a Ring, and Ilsildur’s Heir
    In the Third Age, in which Sauron rose to power again
    There are some in Middle-Earth who are able to say
    They can recall that dangerous event and year

    Ringwraiths rode down the gate
    Into Bree where they came
    Passed silently into tavern where Hobbits had stayed
    They stabbed the Hobbits, with their blades, in their beds
    But a trick, this time by Strider, had been laid again.

    Strider had Hobbits hidden,
    Safely hidden in his room
    It was a dark night with no stars and no moon
    They all fled the next day, with only one baggage pony
    And fleeing Riders had found those “dead Hobbits” were phony

    The travelers left by the Road
    But cut to the woods
    “A shortcut” said Strider, “It’s for your own good.”
    As the hills drew near, they camped down by the night,
    And Sam sang of Gil-Galad under faint starlight

    They came upon Weathertop
    And fire did light
    Which the Ringwraiths’ horses perceived in the night
    They came to the hill and let loose their attack
    A knife through the Ring-Bearer, in the night so black

    Strider defended them bravely
    Flaming branches in hand
    That sent the Black Riders scattered out through the land
    And as Frodo had fallen, crying, “Githoniel! Elbereth!”
    And had struck at the enemy, before consciousness he left

    The end of this tale
    Is grim, that I know
    But it shows to be brave one must have stout soul
    And until the next time, when I write once again
    May we remain safe, until the day ends.


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