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04/20/2021 Episode 183: Council of Elrond Session 59 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https:…
 
04/13/2021 Episode 182: Council of Elrond Session 58 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which we discuss the “Orc Problem.” Boromir and Elrond face off c…
 
04/06/2021 Episode 181: Council of Elrond Session 57 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration updates are coming this week hopefully, so stay tuned for more info. In which Elrond explains why using the ring is a bad idea. What are the dynamics of ring ownership? …
 
03/30/2021 Episode 180: Council of Elrond Session 56 Mythmoot will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration updates are pending, so stay tuned for more info. In which a decidedly unelven plan to unmake the ring is proposed by Elrond. Did Elrond always want to destroy the ring after…
 
03/09/2021 177: Council of Elrond Session 53 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we consider why the Valar refuse to help/take the ring. Were the 3 elven rings a mistake? A discussion on how …
 
03/02/2021 176: Council of Elrond Session 52 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which Glorfindel points out that hiding the ring only delays the inevitable, even if Bombadil could be trusted with …
 
ELOTR 175: Council of Elrond Session 51 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we discuss what the “change of days,” is for Tom Bombadil. Chief Councilor, Erestor has a suggestion about leaving …
 
174: Council of Elrond Session 50 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Stay tuned for future announcements on registration and presenters and check out the link: https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we backtrack to Gandalf’s description of his relationship with Shadowfax. As his narrative come to an end, Gandalf announces that “The Tale is told…
 
173: Council of Elrond Session 49 02/02/21 TexMoot online is coming up! Check out https://signumuniversity.org/event/te...​ for details! In which we break down Gandalf’s path post-Weathertop back to Rivendell. Was it a wild-goose chase into the Ettenmoores? What did he hope to accomplish and what of the riders? Providence, doublespeak and more as G…
 
172: Council of Elrond Session 48 01/26 TexMoot online is coming up! Check out https://signumuniversity.org/event/te...​ for details! In which Gandalf recounts the Nazguul’s infiltration of Bree, and their “starting lineup” and travel itinerary. We debate the Nazguul’s “Plan Bree” and their ultimate goal, Gandalf’s wild ride to Weathertop and The W…
 
171: Council of Elrond Session 47 01/19 TexMoot online is coming up! Check out https://signumuniversity.org/event/te... for details! We’ve also launched our Signum Clubs program for kids! https://signumuniversity.org/academy/ In which we discuss the evolution of Butterburr’s name, and we learn the fate of the forgetful innkeeper. The nature of Gand…
 
168: Council of Elrond Session 44 12/15 In which we disambiguate Tolkien's use of "try and" and "try to." Rohan bursts into the narrative, and we discuss the potential source of the rumor that the Rohirrim are selling horses to Mordor. Field Trip: Blómgard (Vales of Anduin) “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkie…
 
167: Council of Elrond Session 43 12/08 In which we see Radaghast’s curtain call, as Sauruman’s pawn. The Eagles evolve from talking fairytale animals to agents of angels. The Wind Lord, Gwaihir rescues Gandalf after an entire summer stuck in Orthanc’s tower. Deus Ex Aquila: the eagles do seem to specialize in rescuing virtuous people (and their co…
 
166: Council of Elrond Session 42 12/01 In which we discuss what Saruman’s sacrificed for absolutely no ring. Frodo interrupts again, with his vision of Gandalf at Bombadill’s house. No one seems to care much, since everyone else is also getting divine dreams. Also does Tolkien hate spiders? Don’t forget to check out our newest offering: Signum Aca…
 
165: Council of Elrond Session 41 11/24 In which Saurman’s breeding programs and plans for conquest are tactfully discussed. Bob remains a hobbit. Gandalf hopes that Barliman forwarded his letter to his friends in the shire (oops). Why didn’t Gandalf lie to Saruman and then run away, and why do very few of Tolkien’s heroes lie? Field Trip: Vales of…
 
161: Council of Elrond Sessions 37 10/20/2020 In which Sauruman tries to recruit Gandalf with a well-rehearsed speech. He makes a few “revealing” slips, and speaks of a POWER, and the tragedy of trying to do The Mayar’s work with no power. Also what is a “slogo?” Field Trip: Carn Dun “Seat of the Witch King” “Deeds will not be less valiant because …
 
162: Council of Elrond Sessions 38 11/03/2020 In which the professor ponders what outcome Sauruman had expected before recruiting Gandalf, and whether Sauruman is using all his art on Gandalf or if the whole meeting was a trap to see if Gandalf has the One Ring on him, or a clue as to where it might be. Field Trip: Vales of Anduin towards Gladden F…
 
164: Council of Elrond Session 40 11/18 In which Gandalf describes his imprisonment and the ravaged Isengard’s transformation. Sauruman is building an army to rival Mordor. Is building an orc army really plausible deniability? Field Trip: Vales of Anduin, Gladden Fields “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien Su…
 
163: Council of Elrond Session 39 11/10 In which we finish our discussion of the confrontation between Gandalf and Saruman. Gandalf makes it clear that he isn't taken in by Saruman's words, and we discuss what how Saruman must be sizing up Gandalf based on his response. Field Trip: Hultvís (Vales of Anduin) “Deeds will not be less valiant because t…
 
160: Council of Elrond Session 36 10/20/2020 In which Saurman decries his title as Saruman The White and Gandalf tries to defend its virtues to the newly self-styled Saruman of the Many Colors. Field Trip Carn Dum Instance. “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien Support Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Ring…
 
Session 157: Council of Elrond Session 33 09/29/2020 In which Gandalf relates his meeting with Sauruman and the wizards’ rapport is analyzed. Field Trip: Carn Dum “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien Support Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the RingsBy Mythgard Institute
 
Council of Elrond 23: 06/16/2020 In which The Professor discusses Gandalf’s recounting of his meeting with Denathor and his “hoard” of books. Boromir’s interjection is discussed and we begin Isildur’s written account of The Ring. Field Trip: Angmar, Kusle Lannan & Gorothlad “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkie…
 
Council of Elrond 22: 06/09/2020 In which The Professor delves into Gandalf’s search for the ring’s identity and his trip to Minas Tirith’s archives. Field Trip Minas: Angmar, Minas Agar, Minas Maur “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien Support Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings…
 
Council of Elrond 21: 06/02/2020 In which the Professor deconstructs Galdor’s reference to the “long-debated ring,” Sauruman’s comment about hope cheating Sauron, and Gandalf’s account of chasing Gollum and researching the ring. Sauruman’s study of the rings and his connection to the White Council (and 2 elven ring bearers) is discussed. “Deeds wil…
 
Council of Elrond Session 20: 05/26/2020 In which the professor discusses Gandalf’s investigation into the ring’s identity and history and the tracking down of Gollum. Field Trip: Barad Gularan ~Monica/Vilori “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien Support Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings…
 
Council of Elrond Session 19: 05192020 In which the professor discusses Galdor’s intent again, and the word “trove.” Elrond introduces Gandalf and it is discussed why he uses the name “Gandalf” instead of “Mithrandir.” It’s discussed why Gandalf took so long to decipher the identity of Bilbo’s ring. Gandalf acknowledges that it did take too long, b…
 
Council of Elrond Session 18: 14052020 In which The Professor dissects Bilbo’s recounting, and it’s debated why Elrond is allowing the Ring’s Story to be told in this haphazard manner. Did he have a set agenda or is he winging it? Frodo’s account is given and it’s debated who interrupted his story for more detail. Bilbo comments that Frodo’s retell…
 
Council of Elrond Session 17: 05052020 Bilbo calls for a lunch break, but Elrond asks him to relate his account of taking the ring from Gollum and shows again his remarkable grasp of hobbitry. Bilbo refers to his dislike of being labeled “thief” and the implications of that. Field Trip: Himbar and discussing the hierarchy of the Angmar forces. “Dee…
 
Council of Elrond Session 16: 04282020 In which the Professor dissects Boromir’s request for proof that Frodo’s ring is Isildur’s bane, and his general tone of his request. We debate Elrond’s use of “shall” in “That shall be told.” Field Trip: Himbar and the local village outside Carn Dum. “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.…
 
Council of Elrond Session 14: 04-14-2020 In which The Professor delves into Bilbo’s heated recitation of his “All That is Gold Does not Glitter” poem at the Council, and the intended audience is discussed. Aragorn addresses Boromir’s doubts and tries to assuage them. Field Trip: Gabilshathur, an Angmar Dwarf Settlement “Deeds will not be less valia…
 
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