Talking Tolkien Podcast – Ep. 15 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 7 – Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor


For Fëanor began to love the Silmarils with a greedy love, and grudged the sight of them to all save his father and his seven sons; he seldom remembered now that the light within them was not his own. (69)


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In episode 15, we discuss Chapter 7 of The Silmarillion, “Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor.” Also, my beginner’s guide to this chapter can be found here.

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Talking Tolkien Podcast – Ep. 13 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 6 – Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor


For Manwë was free from evil and could not comprehend it, and he knew that in the beginning, in the thought of Ilúvatar, Melkor had been even as he; and he saw not to the depths of Melkor’s heart, and did not perceive that all love had departed from him for ever. (65-66)


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In episode 13, we discuss Chapter 6 of The Silmarillion, “Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor.”

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Talking Tolkien Podcast – Ep. 12 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 5 – Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië


Finwë grieved when the Teleri came not, and yet more when he learned that Elwë was forsaken, and knew that he should not see him again, unless it were in the halls of Mandos. (59)


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In episode 12, we discuss Chapter 5 of The Silmarillion, “Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië”.

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Talking Tolkien Podcast – Ep. 5 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 2 – Of Aulë and Yavanna


It is told that in their beginning the Dwarves were made by Aulë in the darkness of Middle-earth; for so greatly did Aulë desire the coming of the Children, to have learners to whom he could teach his lore and his crafts, that he was unwilling to await the fulfilment of the designs of Ilúvatar. (43)


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Why do we humans make things? Why are we driven to fashion objects of beauty and create stories? Aulë and Yavanna are two figures that yield some Tolkienian insights into these foundational questions. Continue reading “Talking Tolkien Podcast – Ep. 5 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 2 – Of Aulë and Yavanna”

Talking Tolkien Podcast – Ep. 4 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 1 – Of the Beginning of Days


And as they watched, upon the mound there came forth two slender shoots . . . and thus there awoke in the world the Two Trees of Valinor. . . about their fate all the tales of the Elder Days are woven. (38)


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Episode 4 of Talking Tolkien is live! In this episode, Greta and I discuss Chapter 1 of The Silmarillion“Of the Beginning of Days.” If you are looking for a very short written synopsis of this chapter, you can find that over at my Beginner’s Guide to The Silmarillion. Continue reading “Talking Tolkien Podcast – Ep. 4 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 1 – Of the Beginning of Days”

Talking Tolkien Podcast – Ep. 3 – The Silmarillion – Valaquenta


She goes rather to the halls of Mandos, which are near to her own; and all those who wait in Mandos cry to her, for she brings strength to the spirit and turns sorrow to wisdom. The windows of her house look outward from the walls of the world.

– Valaquenta


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