The Tolkien Road – Ep99 – Christianity & LOTR: An Interview with Joseph Pearce

Concerning Christianity’s influence on and illumination of The Lord of the Rings…

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The Tolkien Road – Ep72 – The Lord of the Rings – B2C9 – The Great River

Concerning “The Great River”, Book 2, Chapter 9 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 through The Lord of the Rings with Book 2, Chapter 9, “The Great River.” 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…

  • A Forgotten Haiku – 4:00
  • Fëanor, Gimli, and Galadriel’s Hair – 8:00
  • A Journey Down River – 13:00
  • A Log With Eyes – 18:00
  • A Hunting Eagle – 22:00
  • Orc Attack! – 25:00
  • How Long in Lórien? – 29:00
  • Boromir’s Argument – 32:00
  • Pillars of Kings – 36:00
  • Haiku – 41:00

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Melkor, Fëanor, Ungoliant, and Gollum

“One begins to detect in the examples of Melkor, Fëanor, and even Ungoliant the attitudes of the spirit that are seen in later figures. The keenest example of this is Gollum. Gollum must possess Sauron’s Ring. In one way, his need to possess it reflects Melkor’s own jealous attitude. For another to possess the Ring is unacceptable and means that he will not be able to possess it. In another way, he is like Ungoliant, not really possessing so much as being possessed by it to his utter end and destruction. No matter what the object of lust and jealousy is – Sacred Jewels, Ring of Power, Arkenstone – the need to possess, to have the object of love, results in a disorder that leads to catastrophe and tragedy…”

from Tolkien’s Requiem – Concerning Beren and Lúthien

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The Tolkien Road Podcast – Ep. 24 – The Shadow of the Past – The Lord of the Rings – Bk1 – Ch02

Concerning “The Shadow of the Past”, book 1, chapter 2 of The Lord of the Rings, in which Gandalf relates the perilous nature and long history of Bilbo’s Ring to Frodo, and Sam finds himself swept up suddenly into the perilous realm…
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