The Tolkien Road – Ep. 59 – Our Silmarillion Top 5’s

Concerning our top 5 things from 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, having completed The Silmarillion with 29 episodes, we round it off to 30 by taking a victory lap, wherein we discuss our Top 5 things about The Silmarillion as a whole. We also discuss where the Tolkien Road should go next. And yes, we’d love to hear from you about your Top 5 Silmarillion things too. Send us an email or leave a comment at TrueMyths! 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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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. 57 – Concerning March 25th: Frodo’s Quest, the Annunciation, and the Crucifixion

Concerning March 25th: Frodo’s Quest, the Annunciation, and the Crucifixion…

Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this special Good Friday episode, we take a moment to consider the place of March 25th, a date of major significance, in Tolkien’s works and philosophy.  We’ll see the role it plays within The Lord of the Rings, as well as how it ties the book to Tolkien’s Catholic faith. 

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The Tolkien Road – Ep. 53 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 21 – Of Túrin Turambar – Pt1

Concerning “Túrin Turambar”, Chapter 21 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 begin discussing chapter 21 of The Silmarillion, “Of Túrin Turambar”. The tale of Túrin is a long one, so it’s definitely going to take more than one episode to cover. It’s also quite tragic and sad, so make sure you’ve got a box of tissues nearby. 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 – 2:30
  • Tolkien on Túrin – 10:30
  • The Lay of the Children of Húrin – 14:30
  • Túrin’s family history – 17:30
  • Túrin in Doriath – 23:30
  • Túrin’s Pride – 30:00
  • Beleg, the Sword, and Lembas – 36:00
  • Mîm the Petty-Dwarf – 40:00
  • The Counsels of Morgoth – 51:30
  • Túrin captured – 53:00
  • Beleg’s Death – 57:30
  • The Curse of Húrin – 59:30

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. 52 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 20 – Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad

Concerning “Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad”, Chapter 20 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 20, “Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad”, wherein the Noldor make renewed attempt to assail Morgoth and it all goes horribly wrong. 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 time – 5:00
  • Beren and Lúthien epilogue – 14:00
  • The Union of Maedhros – 19:00
  • Turgon Arrives – 29:00
  • The Fifth Battle: Unnumbered Tears – 32:30
  • The Triumph of Morgoth – 50:00
  • Cirdan and the Seven Ships – 58:30
  • Húrin’s Torment – 1:03:00

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. 51 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 19 – Of Beren and Lúthien – Pt 2

Continuing with “Of Beren and Lúthien”, Chapter 19 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. It’s our 50th episode! This week, we continue our discussion of The Silmarillion Chapter 19, the story of Beren and Lúthien. 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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Get Tolkien’s Requiem – Concerning Beren and Lúthien

Topics of discussion…

  • Beren and Finrod in the Dungeon – 4:30
  • Lúthien and Huan to the rescue – 7:00
  • Lúthien the Dreamweaver – 24:00
  • Celegorm & Curufin – 28:00
  • The invasion of Angband – 34:30
  • Carcharoth’s Rampage – 39:30
  • A Silmaril Obtained – 43:00
  • The Return to Doriath – 52:00
  • The Hunt – 1:00:00
  • Lúthien’s Plea – 1:05:00

By the way, here’s a link to the three-part summary of this chapter I did for Beginner’s Guide: (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3).

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The Tolkien Road – Ep. 50 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 19 – Of Beren and Lúthien – Pt 1

Concerning “Of Beren and Lúthien”, Chapter 19 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. It’s our 50th episode! And it also just so happens to be the episode where we discuss Chapter 19 of The Silmarillion, “Of Beren and Lúthien.” It’s an amazing chapter, an epic tale all by itself, so epic that we weren’t able to cram it all in to one episode. So this is part 1, with part 2 to follow next time. If you haven’t read the story before, we hope you’ll be inspired to do so by our conversation.  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 – 6:30
    • Tolkien’s letters concerning Beren and Lúthien – “The Seed of Middle-earth” – 16:00
    • Barahir’s band – 25:00
    • Gorlim & Sauron – 26:30
    • Beren and Lúthien meet – 35:00
    • Thingol’s brideprice – 49:00
    • Finrod vs. Sauron: A Battle of Song – 1:04:00

By the way, here’s a link to the three-part summary of this chapter I did for Beginner’s Guide: (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3).

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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. 48 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 17 – Of the Coming of Men Into the West

Concerning “Of the Coming of Men Into the West”, Chapter 17 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 17, “Of the Coming of Men into the West”, wherein we learn of the origin of the Edain, also known as Men. Chapter 17 is the last bit of stage-setting before the pace really begins to pick up again. 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 1:30
  • The 3 Houses of Men 14:00
  • Finrod’s Music 18:30
  • The Darkness That Lies Behind 21:00
  • Green-Elves & Men = Unfriends 26:45
  • Finrod & Bëor 28:30
  • Edain/Atani/Men 29:45
  • Thingol & Melian’s Prophecy 32:00
  • Bereg’s Rebellion 34:15
  • Haleth and the Haladin 38:45
  • Beör’s Death 42:30

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The Tolkien Road – Ep. 47 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 16 – Of Maeglin

Concerning “Of Maeglin”, Chapter 16 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 16, Of Maeglin, wherein we learn the story the dark elf Eöl and the Noldorin princess Aredhel. 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…

  • Pronunciation 1:30
  • Poems 4:20
  • Aredhel’s Wanderlust & Travels 9:00
  • Concerning Eöl – 23:30
  • Concerning Maeglin – 31:30
  • The Escape – 37:30
  • Curufin and Eöl – 41:00
  • Turgon, Eöl, and the Tragedy of Aredhel – 45:00
  • Idril and Maeglin – 52:00

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