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The Legendarium
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The Legendarium exists primarily as a book club for fantasy and sci-fi, both the classics and the new classics.Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, and more.
 
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Athrabeth
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Athrabeth is a monthly podcast that invites you down the lesser trod paths of Tolkien's Legendarium. Each episode we pick a single chapter, essay, fragment, or topic, and do a deep dive, exploring it as both fans and scholars.
 
As they explore the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, hosts Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese welcome readers of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and the other works in the Middle-earth legendarium to tune in as they discuss favorite passages from the books and films that started the worldwide fantasy phenomenon. Alan and Shawn engage in plenty of in-depth study of Tolkien's books, but with a healthy dose of self-effacing humor, pop-culture references, and bad puns. These are the ...
 
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Amon Sûl
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Exploring the Tolkien Legendarium with the Christian Faith - no summary
 
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Keep On Tolkien
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Keep on Tolkien is a podcast that takes you on a sarcastic and passionate journey through the Tolkien Legendarium. Our aim is to provide quality information about Tolkien lore while keeping a fun-loving and casual atmosphere. It's like hanging out with your buddies...if your buddies were two foul-mouthed nerds with a rather unhealthy obsession with how terrible the hobbit movies are.Have questions, comments, or suggestions? Shoot us a message on your favorite social media site!We want to hea ...
 
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Ingenious Basterds
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Ingenious Basterds is Kyle, Todd and Cory, 3 guys from western Kentucky who drink while discussing movies, pop culture, politics and whatever the hell else pops up. They also make frequent trips to the THUNDERDORM, a tournament bracket where 16 pop culture characters fighting to the death is debated. MATURE CONTENT! COULD BE CONSIDERED OFFENSIVE TO SOME! Podcast available on iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher!
 
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Weeks Week begins on Monday with the release of The Burning White, but we thought we'd get a jump on it by airing a few minutes of Brent Weeks spinning The Wheel of Tangents. Brent answers eight questions scientifically designed in a lab to help us get to know one of our favorite authors a little bit better. (Narrator: "There was, in fact, no l ...…
 
With his friends all gone, Frodo stays in the Hall of Fire listening to the minstrels of Rivendell. The Elvish singing speaks to him in sweet accustomed ways, and he wanders enchanted for longer than time can remember... returning only when he hears a familiar voice chanting. We give Bilbo’s Song of Eärendil the full Prancing Pony Podcast treat ...…
 
This week is our long-awaited sequel to our 3-part series premier, "Why the Hobbit Film Trilogy Sucks"! After 2 years we thought it was high time we gave our beloved LotR Film Trilogy the same treatment we gave The Hobbit Film Trilogy. So tune in as we dissect these childhood gems and review where we think they strayed from the path.…
 
The book so nice, they discussed it twice! The Blue Team is back for a second conversation about Dead Beat, the seventh book in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. Megan, Todd, and Kenn talk about what it means for Harry to have true friends; how characters have reminded each other of their value; and Craig pops in to tell the panel why he's so ...…
 
Now taking a straight and stronger course to recovery, Frodo feels it’s time for food, drink, and merrymaking. He has a brief reunion with Sam, then with Merry and Pippin before they’re all moved on to the hall for a feast. Each way he turns his head, Frodo is surrounded by fair and powerful folk; but he has a pleasant (if cautious) dinner conv ...…
 
Time travel, multiverse, cryosleep, wormholes, insect aliens, utopian and dystopian futures, and many more: Craig, Kenn, and Kyle shoot the breeze for a half hour about their favorite sci-fi tropes. Honestly, not much more to it than that, but it's laying the foundation for the Blue Team to move back toward sci-fi very soon, with a series quasi ...…
 
Blue Team is back with another discussion on The Dresden Files, this time on the seventh installment: Dead Beat. Kenn's back with his recap, Megan somehow didn't see the zombie dinosaur coming, and Todd wears horrifically tight pants. There's a lot to get through in this one, so buckle up for ... well, pretty much the same kind of Blue Team epi ...…
 
We return to the text of The Lord of the Rings with the first chapter of Book II! Frodo awakens in Rivendell after the incident down by the river to find Gandalf beside him. Now that it’s all over and done, Frodo is relieved to find that he and his friends are alive and whole, but as he learns more about events since Weathertop, he realizes how ...…
 
How much can we -- or should we -- separate art from the artist? Which stories would end the fastest if the protagonist weren't an idiot? What kind of music is best for reading? Craig, Kyle, and Todd take on these questions and more as they spin the Wheel of Tangents this week. Support the show on Patreon Join the conversation on Reddit Music: ...…
 
Join Athrabeth's Discord! References, Notes and Useful Links Brackmann, Rebecca. “‘Dwarves Are Not Heroes’: Antisemitism and The Dwarves in J.R.R. Tolkien's Writing.” Mythlore, vol. 28, no. 3, 10 Apr. 2010. 109/110 Spring/Summer. https://dc.swosu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1172&context=mythlore Tolkien reciting namarie: https://www.youtube ...…
 
Where do we draw the line between cynicism and credulity? Is the brand of psychopathy on display by Zymun recognizable in our lives? Are we letting our internal "Kip #2" win out over our internal "Kip#1"? Ryan, Craig, and Stephanie sit down to hash out the second half of The Blinding Knife, book 2 in the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. Supp ...…
 
Alan and Shawn welcome a cozy group of listeners to the common-room for another round of live, unscripted questions about Tolkien, the podcast, and more! We return to the Ford of Bruinen to figure out exactly what happened, and even look back on the early adventures of the Hobbits in Book I of The Lord of the Rings. We court controversy with qu ...…
 
Craig and Kyle spin the wheel! Today's topics include the best way to consume books (audio vs e-reader vs dead trees); why Death of the Author is generally a stupid theory; and what they like to read outside of the sci-fi/fantasy genres. Support the show on Patreon Join the conversation on Reddit Music: "The Seven Seas" courtesy of https://www. ...…
 
The theme of Hope is woven into and throughout all Tolkien’s legendarium just as it is in the Christian narrative of the salvation of the world. Dr. Lori Peterson Branch joins Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick to examine this theme with a little help from two young Tolkien fans.By Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick and Ancient Faith Radio.
 
It's a divisive entry in the Dresden Files: Blood Rites, Jim Butcher's sixth installment in the series, apparently isn't for everyone. So did our Blue Team enjoy it? Todd, Kenn, and Megan will get down and dirty in their discussion of the book whose plot revolves around problems on a porn set. Oh yeah, speaking of which: the plot of this book r ...…
 
That’s what Vizzini told us to do, so we have. As we shake off the jet lag and learn to live again without full English breakfasts and a steady supply of fish and chips, we look back at Book I of The Lord of the Rings, revisiting the recurring themes in the story so far. Then we look ahead to Book II, and the new themes and tone that will emerg ...…
 
Craig and Megan spin the Fantasy Wheel! We took several listener suggestions for topics and chose a few of them to speak about for a few minutes. Topics include: whether we can judge books objectively; fantasy speed dating; overused tropes; and our favorite antagonists. Support the show on Patreon Join the conversation on Reddit Music: "The Sev ...…
 
Special guest Austin Madding joins the Basterds to discuss his upcoming nuptials. Plus another fun-filled round of Name That Basterd!By Ingenious Basterds.
 
Ever wonder where the hobbit's Barrow-Blades came from? Did you know Beren's sword has a pretty bad-ass name? This week we talk about some of the many Swords of middle-earth. Tune in to hear the history behind some of our favorite Tolkien blades!By Keep On Tolkien.
 
Which is the higher good, freedom or power? Is there any nuance to be had in a discussion of the evil of slavery? Are rich people just the worst? Today we're talking through the first half of The Blinding Knife, the second book in Brent Weeks's Lightbringer series. This episode is chock full of heavy stuff -- and fun stuff! -- to talk about, an ...…
 
Alan and Shawn reunite in person for a live recording from Tolkien 2019 in Birmingham, England! We interviewed several special guests at the conference, including returning guests (Marquette University archivist Bill Fliss, authors Dimitra Fimi and John Garth) and some first-timers: legendary artist Ted Nasmith, Richard Medrington — the man beh ...…
 
This episode will be best heard if you can see those works of Miranda's that we reference, over at MirandaMeeks.com. Miranda is an artist whose work frequently graces the covers -- and sometimes pages -- of Brandon Sanderson's books, as well as other novels. (Several prints adorn the walls of our studio, in fact.) Her style is at once dark, acc ...…
 
The Basterds haven't seen IT: CHAPTER 2, but they debate a clown-themed Thunderdorm nonetheless!16 famous clowns fight to the death using randomly drawn weapons!By Ingenious Basterds.
 
The Basterds finally return with catch up reviews of the Game of Thrones finale, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man Far From Home. Plus a little bit of Star Wars talk and general bullshit.By Ingenious Basterds.
 
This week’s subject is one of Tolkien’s most influential female characters. She did not have the innate wisdom and power of the elves, like Luthien and Galadriel. She did not have the strength of the youthful Edain, like Haleth. But Éowyn is hands down one of the most fierce and courageous characters in the Legendarium. Tune in as we discuss th ...…
 
Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie discuss the second half of Brent Weeks's The Black Prism, book 1 in the Lightbringer series. After a long setup in the first half, we get a lot of interesting questions and moments to chew on. Why is this book titled The Black Prism? Is it actually awful that the Chromeria expects a high price from their ranks of draf ...…
 
This episode is truly a first: the first time we've ever read a historical action comedy horror parody of a 19th century classic. Oh, and it's also our first-ever ladies-only show! Stephanie and Megan welcome newcomer Kate to the Legendarium and together the three of them dissect (eww) this fun, hilarious, sometimes gory, sometimes touching boo ...…
 
Sources Tolkien, J.R.R. ""Words of Joy": Five Catholic Prayers in Quenya. (Part One)" Ed. Patrick Wynne, Arden R. Smith, and Carl F. Hostetter. Vinyar Tengwar 43 (2002): 5­38. Print. Tolkien, J.R.R. ""Words of Joy": Five Catholic Prayers in Quenya. (Part Two)" Ed. Patrick Wynne, Arden R. Smith, and Carl F. Hostetter. Vinyar Tengwar 44 (2002): 5 ...…
 
Craig, Ryan, and Kyle continue through The Hobbit, discussing (we're using that term as broadly as possible here) chapters eight through eleven. Without Stephanie to keep the guys on track, things get ... well let's just say it's not as polished a conversation as she might have helped provide. Together they discuss Mirkwood, giant spiders, elve ...…
 
For this episode we bring you KOT's first Character Profile on one of Tolkien's (few) female characters! Today we will be discussing the life and significance of the Lady Galadriel! Tune in to learn all about this vitally important character!By Keep On Tolkien.
 
TBR = "to be read." Most of us have a TBR pile, but some of us can get a bit overwhelmed by it. For this topic, Craig, Ryan, and Kyle are joined by a special guest: YouTube sensation Daniel Greene. (And now we expect him to put "'YouTube sensation' -The Legendarium" in all of his promotional materials.) Together they discuss not only their TBR ...…
 
Welcome to Season 4 Tolkien fans! This episode we thought we'd bring you something special that we are calling Trever's Tribulations! Where our very analytical friend Trever D. asks us complicated questions he has about the overall Tolkien Legendarium. Join us as we discuss everything from Religion to Geography to the End Times!…
 
The Blue Team is taking a deep breath before a giant Dresden plunge! In preparation for another spate of Dresden Files episodes coming up, Megan, Kenn, and Todd take stock of where they're at in the series, how they're enjoying, what they're enjoying most, and what they're looking forward to in coming books. Look forward to at least another 4-5 ...…
 
Author and podcaster Michael Haldas and Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick put on their bright blue jackets and yellow boots to talk the single most requested character study in all our feedback so far: Tom Bombadil! Just who is this enigmatic figure that never makes it into the movies? We close with a trivia game designed exclusively for Michael Haldas.…
 
Craig and Kyle discuss the thing that has kept Kyle off the show for too long now: burnout. It can sneak up on anyone, even the biggest of fans, and they talk about how to combat it. They also address a listener question about how to introduce fantasy to the uninitiated. (Spoiler alert: the answer is "slowly and carefully." Please let us know w ...…
 
(Skip to 5:20 to get to actual Lightbringer content.) Our inaugural Lightbringer discussion! If you haven't read this series, now's a good time to start, as it is highly recommended among fiction readers. With good reason, as it turns out. It's just Craig and Ryan for this one! And maybe for a lot of Lightbringer episodes coming up. Hopefully t ...…
 
Todd, Megan, Kenn, and Jack are all back for a wrap-up of their discussion of God Emperor of Dune, the fourth book in Frank Herbert's Dune series. And it's time for a brand new drinking game! If you are inclined to imbibe, then toss one back every time you hear the phrase "gross protuberance." Now what was already going to be a good episode jus ...…
 
This episode Jude and Stef talk to Dawn Walls-Thumma, founder of the Silmarillion Writers Guild and author of a fascinating survey on the culture and practices of the Tolkien Fanfiction community. Dawn's Socials Twitter: @DawnFelagund Silmarillion Writers Guild Dawn's Personal Page Show Notes Join Athrabeth's Discord! Works Referenced This Epis ...…
 
Finally, with the release of Hobbs & Shaw, the 2019 summer movie season can be officially declared over. Craig, Todd, and Ryan simulcast this recording on a YouTube livestream as well, and they talk about a ton of summer media, including Tolkien, John Wick 3, Brightburn, Disney live action remakes, Dark Phoenix, Spider-Man, Toy Story 4, and mor ...…
 
We end Season 3 by welcoming Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull to the podcast! This renowned husband-wife team have co-authored some of the most essential books in Tolkien studies. In addition to several volumes on Tolkien’s art (such as J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator) they’ve given the world The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Compani ...…
 
On this Author's Shelf episode, David Farland joins Craig, Kenn, and Ryan to discuss Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. We discuss a lot of characters and themes, just like normal, but we also get a healthy dose of amazing stories from Dave. You don't want to miss this one. Check out Dave's site and sign up for his newsletter here Support the sh ...…
 
Strider is remarkably not disappointed that the Elf who’s overtaken them on the road is not his girlfriend. It’s Glorfindel of Rivendell; and for listeners who remember our episodes on the fall of Gondolin, we’ll not only answer the question of whether this Glorfindel is really that Glorfindel, we’ll also delve into Tolkien’s essays to understa ...…
 
In Tolkien’s legendarium, healing means renewal, not reset. Fr. Andrew is joined by psychology student Stasia Braswell to discuss what it means to be healed in Middle-earth and how that image of transformation sheds light on our own lives as Christians. Also: Ponies. (No, not those ones.)By Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick and Ancient Faith Radio.
 
Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie tackle chapters 4-7 of The Hobbit, covering the company's capture by the goblins of the Misty Mountains, Bilbo's solo adventure in Gollum's cave, his rejoining of the company and their eventual escape from the goblins via giant eagle, and the final bit of relaxation before plunging into the most difficult parts of the ...…
 
Strider’s path to Rivendell leads the hobbits through rough terrain; all the while, the days get colder and Frodo gradually succumbs to the evil effects of the Witch-king’s blade. A bad situation starts to look even worse when Pippin and Merry catch a glimpse of three trolls ahead — and if that sounds familiar to you, then you scored higher tha ...…
 
For our first discussion on God Emperor of Dune, Todd and Kenn welcome Jack Butler back to the Legendarium. Jack was previously on episode 220 (a Silmarillion episode) but now he returns to establish his sci-fi bona fides as well his fantasy ones. This is our first of two discussions on the fourth book in Frank Herbert's Dune series, and we hop ...…
 
Frodo awakens, wounded and bewildered, after the attack on Weathertop. Believing they’ve been led into a trap, Sam is certain (again) that Strider is not to be trusted, but the Ranger proves himself useful (again) by treating the wound with athelas, a healing herb of the Dúnedain. The wonder drug doesn’t work wonders, but it eases Frodo’s pain ...…
 
Back to Middle-earth! Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie step from the comforts of 19th-century England into the wild world of Faerie. In the first few chapters of The Hobbit, we go from the landed gentry of Bag End to the cockney dockworkers of the Ettenmoors, to the timeless elves of Rivendell. What was initially intended to be the first of three epi ...…
 
Jude and Stef review the new Tolkien biopic, as well John Garth's "Tolkien and the Great War". Some beefs are had. Show Notes Join Athrabeth's Discord! Works Referenced This Episode Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth Karukoski, Dome (Director) (2019) TolkienBy Jude Vais & Stef Midlock.
 
Alan and Shawn are pleased to welcome Greg Hildebrandt to the Prancing Pony Podcast! An iconic artist and illustrator, Greg (together with his twin brother Tim as the Brothers Hildebrandt) helped a generation of readers visualize Middle-earth in the Ballantine Books J.R.R. Tolkien Calendars from 1976 to 1978, and continues to create fantasy and ...…
 
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