The Tolkien Road – Ep80 – The Silmarillion in One

One episode to RULE THEM ALL!!!

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Having completed a chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion (which spans over 30 hours of content), we decided to do an episode where we cover the whole of The Silmarillion in less than an hour. With this one episode, you get the whole enchilada, from “Ainulindalë” to “Eärendil” to the end of the Third Age. If you’ve always wanted to read The Silmarillion but have never succeeded, then this is the episode for you!

We’ve also provided a collection of Silmarillion resources for you here.

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Lectio Tolkiena: The Purpose of Númenór

But the design of Manwë was that the Númenóreans should not be tempted to seek for the Blessed Realm, nor desire to overpass the limits set to their bliss, becoming enamoured of the immortality of the Valar and the Eldar and the lands where all things endure.

– “Akallabêth


What was the purpose of Númenór?
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We know that it was a reward to the Edain, the Elf-friends, that minority of Men that aided the Eldar against Morgoth. Yet it was perhaps an error to see it as a “progression” toward Valinor, the Blessed Realm of earthly immortality. Instead, it would seem that the way the Númenóreans should have seen it was as a launching point for peaceful mission, a place from which they could bring the light of the Valar and the Eldar (and ultimately the knowledge of Ilúvatar) to their brethren who remained in the dark. The first generations of Númenór perhaps grasped this, but over time that vision faded.

Our blessings are rarely, if ever, meant merely for our enjoyment or well-being.

Thoughts on a Silmarillion Film Pt 6: A TV Show in 6 Seasons

In my last article in this series, I stated why I’d be more interested in seeing The Silmarillion done as a high-quality, multi-season TV production than in the form of a series of films (even a trilogy of trilogies). In this one, I’ll lay out (at a high level) how I’d see the TV show playing out.

In short, I see The Silmarillion being done in 6 seasons of 10 episodes each. Here’s a look at what each season would encompass. Over the next few posts in this series, I’ll elaborate with more specifics on each season.

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Season 1 – The Awakening of the Elves: Season 1 would be primarily concerned with the journey of the Elves to the Blessed Realm under peril from Melkor. Basically, Chapter 3 would be in focus here. Everything before (Ainulindalë, Chapters 1 & 2) is background and would be handled as flashbacks/intro/stage setting. It would end on something of a high note, with the Elves arriving safely in Valinor and Melkor defeated and imprisoned. However, there would be a note of dread about the awakening of Ungoliant, and the secret machinations of Melkor to corrupt and destroy the Elves no matter the cost.

Season 2 – The Darkening of Valinor: Chapters 5 thru 8. Season 2 would take place almost entirely in the Blessed Realm, and would focus on Melkor’s manipulations, ending with the destruction of the Two Trees, the theft of the Silmarils, the murder of Finwë, Valinor in darkness, and Melkor and Ungoliant on the run.

Season 3 – The Pursuit of Melkor: Chapters 9 thru 13. Season 3 focuses on the Oath of Fëanor, the kinslaying, the break with the Valar, and the bickering of Melkor and Ungoliant. It ends with the death of Fëanor.

Season 4 – The Wars of Beleriand: Chapter 16 thru 18. Season 4 picks up some time after the death of Fëanor, after the Noldor have established themselves in Beleriand, and with the arrival of Men. This season would focus on the battles against Angband leading up to the Battle of Sudden Flame and ending with the death of Fingolfin.

Season 5 – Beren, Lúthien, Túrin: Chapters 19 thru 21. Season 5 focuses on Beren and Lúthien for the first half, and then, from that high point, descends into even greater tragedy with the Battle of Unnumbered Tears and the story of Túrin and the fall of Nargothrond.

Season 6 – The Journey of Eärendil and the End of the First Age: Chapters 22 thru 24. Season 6 focuses on the fall of Gondolin and the ever-increasing desperation of the peoples of Beleriand. It ends with Eärendil’s journey and the War of Wrath.

Let me just close with this: I truly hope this happens one day. I think The Silmarillion contains material that could make for utterly compelling TV. If put in the right hands (a show runner that respects the source material and Tolkien’s vision), it could be one of the best shows ever.

Here are the previous posts in this series:

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 – Ep. 58 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 24 – Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath

Concerning “Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath”, Chapter 24 of The Silmarillion…

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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 discuss the final chapter of The Silmarillion, wherein Eärendil makes his fateful voyage to the Blessed Realm in order to obtain the aid of the Valar.  The First Age ends here, and as you might expect, it’s a very eventful chapter, complete with the downfall of Morgoth, the doom of Fëanor’s sons, and the fate of the Silmarils. There’s a whole lot to discuss!  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…

  • Haiku – 9:45
  • Eärendil & Elwing – 18:00
  • The Third Kinslaying – 24:30
  • Return to Valinor – 30:00
  • Eärendil the Star-sailor – 37:00
  • The War of Wrath & the Downfall of Morgoth – 44:00
  • Maedhros, Maglor, and the Oath – 54:00
  • The Return of the Exiles – 61:00

By the way, check out the summary of this chapter I did for the Beginner’s Guide.

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The following haiku were submitted but not read on air:

Josh Sosa

One in earth, one lost
at sea, one hangs in heaven . . .
Silmarils now gone

Mary Grace

Hail Earendil!
A mortal that saw Undying Lands
And lived to tell.

Maglor and Maedhros
Have at last the Silmarils
And fled into Doom.

Lars Werkman

Bitterly sworn oath
Ilúvatar named in witness
All ends in despair

John Carswell

with swift wrath, the world
is changed; morgoth bound once more.
for good? none can know.

The Tolkien Road – Ep. 56 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 23 – Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin

Concerning “Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin”, Chapter 23 of The Silmarillion…

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 Silmarillion with Chapter 23, “Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin”, wherein Tuor the son of Huor comes to Gondolin with a dire warning from Ulmo. There’s a whole lot to discuss!  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…

  • Haiku – 4:00
  • Tuor’s Background – 15:30
  • Ulmo & Tuor – 21:00
  • Turgon Won’t Heed Ulmo’s Warning – 30:00
  • Tuor, Idril & Maeglin’s Plot – 39:00
  • Tuor, Idril, and Eärendil – 42:00
  • Morgoth Attacks; Glorfindel’s Heroics – 52:00
  • Tuor & Idril Flee to Arvernien – 1:00:00
  • Ulmo & the Valar – 1:02:30
  • Tuor & Idril Into the West? – 1:06:30

By the way, check out the summary of this chapter I did for the Beginner’s Guide.

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The Tolkien Road – Ep. 49 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 18 – Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

Concerning “Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin”, Chapter 18 of The Silmarillion…

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 Silmarillion with Chapter 18, “Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin”, wherein Angband breaks loose upon Beleriand with incredible fury. There’s a whole lot to discuss!  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…

    • Poems 4:00
    • Fingolfin’s forebodeing 15:00
    • The Battle of Sudden Flame 19:00
    • Barahir Saves Finrod 25:20
    • Fingolfin vs. Morgoth 30:00
    • A New High King 42:50
    • Minas Tirith 45:00
    • Húrin and Huor in Gondolin 51:00
    • Missions to Valinor 57:00
    • Barahir’s Band 59:45

By the way, here’s a link to the two-part summary of this chapter I did for Beginner’s Guide: (Part 1 | Part 2).

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The Tolkien Road – Ep. 40 – The Silmarillion – Ch10 – Of the Sindar

Concerning “Of the Sindar”, Chapter 10 of The Silmarillion, wherein we find out what’s been happening back in Beleriand…

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 resume our discussion of The Silmarillion with Chapter 10, “Of the Sindar”, wherein we learn what’s been going on with Thingol, Melian, and the rest of the folks that missed the boat to the Blessed Realm. 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 5:15
  • Silmarillion Review 17:45
  • Beleriand Map 20:15
  • How Long is 3 Ages? 21:30
  • Thingol, Melian, and the Sindar 24:00
  • Concerning Dwarves 26:50
  • Orcs, Wolves, etc. 33:20
  • Concerning the Nandor 40:15
  • Oromë still rides 47:00
  • Ungoliant spreads terror 48:00
  • Morgoth Returns & The First Battle 49:30
  • The Girdle of Melian 55:00

And much more!

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