The Tolkien Road – Ep87 – The Lord of the Rings – B3C5 – The White Rider – Pt1

Concerning “The White Rider”, Book 3, Chapter 5 of The Lord of the Rings, from Merry and Pippin’s fate to Gandalf’s return…

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Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through Middle-earth. On this episode, we continue our journey through The Lord of the Rings with the first part of Book 3, Chapter 5, “The White Rider.” 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!

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Topics of discussion…

  • Announcements, correspondence, etc – 1:00
  • More on Ents – 8:30
  • Who was the old man? – 17:30
  • Trying to piece together Merry and Pippin’s fate – 24:45
  • Caught in the Net – 33:00
  • Gandalf the White – 40:00
  • Why Gandalf’s Death Isn’t Bad Storytelling – 50:15
  • Haiku Time – 59:00

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The Tolkien Road – Ep86 – The Lord of the Rings – B3C4 – Treebeard – Pt3

Concerning “Treebeard”, Book 3, Chapter 4 of The Lord of the Rings, from Entmoot to Ent-march…

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Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through Middle-earth. On this episode, we continue our journey through The Lord of the Rings with the third part of Book 3, Chapter 4, “Treebeard.” 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!

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Topics of discussion…

  • Announcements, correspondence, etc – 1:00
  • An important matter – 10:30
  • Entmoot – 13:00
  • Merry and Pippin Discuss Isengard & the Ents – 21:00
  • Bregalad the Hasty – 24:45
  • The Ents on the March! – 31:00
  • Haiku – 42:45

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from Tolkien’s Requiem: The Two Trees & the Children of Ilúvatar

The Two Trees of Valinor are contrasting and complementary and they seem to be typologically oriented to the two races of The Children of Ilúvatar. Telperion is the elder. He is silver, and one of his flowers eventually becomes the Moon. Laurelin is gold, and one of her fruits eventually becomes the Sun. It is the emergence of the Sun that awakens Men, whereas the Elves awoke under starlight, and thus the Moon “cherishes their memory” (99).

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The Tolkien Road – Ep85 – The Lord of the Rings – B3C4 – Treebeard – Pt2

Concerning “Treebeard”, Book 3, Chapter 4 of The Lord of the Rings

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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 journey through The Lord of the Rings with the second part of Book 3, Chapter 4, “Treebeard.” 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!

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Topics of discussion…

  • Announcements/Correspondence/Etc – 1:00
  • Wellinghall/Ent-Draught – 17:30
  • “Nobody is altogether on my side…” – 23:30
  • Saruman’s Goals – 30:30
  • Ents and Entwives – 40:00
  • The Song of the Entwives – 53:30
  • Haiku Time – 1:00:00

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The Tolkien Road – Ep84 – The Lord of the Rings – B3C4 – Treebeard – Pt1

Concerning “Treebeard”, Book 3, Chapter 4 of The Lord of the Rings…

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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 journey through The Lord of the Rings with the first part of Book 3, Chapter 4, “Treebeard.” 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!

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Topics of discussion…

  • Announcements & Correspondence – 1:00
  • What Fangorn Is Like – 23:00
  • Introducing Treebeard – 27:00
  • The Lore of Living Creatures – 32:00
  • Off to Treebeards’ Home – 38:00
  • Appendix F: Concerning Ents – 41:00
  • The Story of the Ents – 44:00
  • Treebeard’s Song – 52:30
  • Haiku Time – 59:00

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pale horse sailor – “Vingilot”


Blessed are the men of Noah’s race that build
their little arks, though frail and poorly filled,
and steer through winds contrary towards a wraith,
a rumour of a harbour guessed by faith.


I once dreamed of playing in a band: of making records, of touring, of creating something I could be proud of and that others would love. However, I gave up on that dream a long time ago, and I never really thought of myself as a songwriter. That was something others did. I was a spectator, or, at best, just the bass player.

However, a few years ago, inspired by Tolkien’s idea of subcreation, I picked up a guitar and started playing again for the first time in ages. This time around, the songs seemed to pour out of me. Before long, I was starting to think of my songwriting as something I could actually share with others. “Vingilot” (below) is the first-fruits of that work.

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/track=3228924795/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

I have so much more to tell you, but I don’t want to say too much, at least not yet. The music should speak for itself, so I hope you’ll check out “vingilot”. It’s an instrumental; I’d even call it a musical manifesto with no words (er, Tolk-Rock?). Lyrics will come later, but I think “vingilot” speaks for itself.

I hope you’ll dig it, and let me know if you do (comment, share, email, buy/donate, etc). More to follow very soon.

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