The Tolkien Road – Ep. 36 – The Lord of the Rings – Bk1Ch11 – A Knife in the Dark

Concerning “A Knife in the Dark,” Book 1, Chapter 11 of The Lord of the Rings, wherein the hobbits Strider set out on the long road to Rivendell…

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 11 of Fellowship, A Knife in the Dark, wherein the hobbits depart Bree with Strider, rmake their way to Weathertop, and get attacked by the Black Riders. We also discuss Strider’s telling of the tale of Tinúviel as well as the legendary Gil-galad.  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 include:

  • Tolkien Haiku for Book 1, Chapter 11 of LOTR (6:20)
  • Departing Bree (20:00)
  • The Journey to Weathertop (23:30)
  • Gilgalad (37:10)
  • How the Black Riders sense things (42:30)
  • The Tale of Tinúviel (46:00)
  • The Attack of the Black Riders (55:30)
  • Favorite passages (1:05:30)

And much more!

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

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Here’s a bonus haiku from me:

Leaving Bree; headed
Into a wilderness. The
Road leads to Mordor.
And here’s Mary Grace’s longer poem that we shared on the podcast:
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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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!

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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!

The Tolkien Road – Ep. 31 – The Lord of the Rings – B1C9 – At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

Concerning “At the Sign of the Prancing Pony”, Book 1, Chapter 9 of The Lord of the Ringsin which the hobbits visit Bree…
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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 9 of Fellowship, “At the Sign of the Prancing Pony”, wherein we experience the town of Bree, meet the mysterious Ranger Strider, see the Ring play a trick, and are entertained by Frodo’s rendition of the Man in the Moon. 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 9 (~6:45)
  • Favorite passages from Book 1, Chapter 9 (~19:00)
  • Barrows & Barrow-wights: Corrections & Clarifications (~26:40)
  • Bree (~31:20)
  • Strider (~39:35)
  • The Ring Incident (~52:14)
  • And much more!

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Haiku submitted but not read on air…

Roman:

Dark man in corner,
Frodo wants to slip ring on
Ranger pulls him down

Mary Grace:

The Prancing Pony

Tavern where hobbits are bound
“Strange as news from Bree”
Strider the Ranger
Isildur’s Heir in disguise
Awaits the Halfling

John:

Take care Frodo. Pip
may tell of Bilbo’s birthday
But you re-live it.
Feel free to add your own haiku for this chapter in the comments below. Keep ’em coming everyone!