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This fall, story expert Alastair Stephens will look at each of the six core Star Wars movies in release order, and analyse what works and why. We’re going to talk about heroic motivations, serial structure, the power of the five-man band, the interaction of intent and execution, mythic archetypes, the urge to explain, and stories which grow in the telling — and perhaps, we’ll understand a little better why Star Wars is the most important pop culture phenomenon of the modern era.
 
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In this week’s session, we return to Rivendell and say some fond farewells in chapters six and seven of Book Six of The Lord of the Rings. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinat…
 
In this week’s session, we crown King Elessar and begin our long farewells in chapters five and six of Book Six of The Lord of the Rings. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinate…
 
In this week’s session, we welcome Frodo and Sam back to the land of the living, and discuss the greatest romance in Middle-earth in chapters four and five of Book Six of The Lord of the Rings. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Sup…
 
In this week’s session, the eagles are coming and the Ring is destroyed in chapters three and four of Book Six of The Lord of the Rings. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated…
 
In this week’s session, we approach the final fate of the ring with a discussion of heroism, strength and fortitude in the shadow of Mount Doom in chapter three of book six of The Lord of the Rings. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedul…
 
In this week’s session, we continue book six of The Lord of the Rings with more discussion of hope and despair, greatness and grace, and strong masculine relationships. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patre…
 
In this week’s session, we begin book six of The Lord of the Rings with the return to Samwise Gamgee, the influence of the ring, and spontaneous poetry. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point N…
 
In this week’s session, we conclude book five of The Lord of the Rings with the march to Morannon, Aragorn’s mercy, and Pippin’s last stand. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffein…
 
In this week’s session, we approach the end of book five of The Lord of the Rings with healing, debate and discussion, and the importance of gulls. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North …
 
In this week’s session, we discuss hope and despair at Denethor’s pyre, and then bring athelas to the Houses of Healing. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a …
 
In this week’s session, we conclude the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and discuss eucatastrophe, magical winds, and try not to weep openly. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffein…
 
In this week’s session, we ride with the Rohirrim to Minas Tirith and begin the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! Pl…
 
In this week’s session, we discuss hope and despair, the siege of Gondor, and the clash of Gandalf and the Witch-King of Angmar. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buyi…
 
In this week’s session, we discuss the new The Fall Of Gondolin book, the muster of the Rohirrim, and the beginning of the Siege of Gondor. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeina…
 
In this unexpectedly abbreviated session, we discuss the role of women in Tolkien’s world, and the conversation between Aragorn and Éowyn! Apologies for the inelegant dismount from the show — we’ll pick up with an extra-length episode on Thursday! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this…
 
In this session, we make it to the second chapter of The Return Of The King with discussions of oaths and oathbreaking! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a c…
 
In this session, we begin The Return Of The King with discussions of the White Tree of Gondor, high style and the nobility of hobbits. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated b…
 
In this session, we discuss the future, Orc culture and the extensive history of the One Ring as we conclude The Two Towers. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying m…
 
In this session, we study separation and despair as we reach the end of The Two Towers in Chapter Ten of Book Four, The Choices Of Master Samwise. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North c…
 
In this session, we talk about the power of stories with Sam, then face the evil of Shelob with the phial of Galadriel in chapters eight and nine of book four of The Lord of the Rings. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Poin…
 
In this session, we catch up with Frodo and Sam as they leave Ithilien for the dangers of Mordor in chapters six and seven of book four of The Lord of the Rings. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule ROAM, the app recommended by Axis! …
 
This week, we celebrate our fiftieth session by running long and adding an extra session as we continue our exploration of book four of The Lord of the Rings! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep P…
 
In this session, we talk about the excellence of Faramir and Sam as we discuss chapter five of book four of The Lord of the Rings! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by bu…
 
In this session, we find solace in Ithilien and meet Faramir of Gondor as we discuss chapters three and four of book four of The Lord of the Rings! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North …
 
In this session, we cross the Dead Marshes and discuss the second chapter of book four of The Lord of the Rings! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! …
 
In this session, we discuss the first chapter of book four of The Lord of the Rings! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! Pledge your support directly…
 
In this session, we reach the end of book three of The Lord of the Rings and discuss Pippin and the palantír. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! Ple…
 
In this session, we discuss chapters nine and ten of book three of The Lord of the Rings. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! Pledge your support dir…
 
In this session, we discuss chapter eight of book three of The Lord of the Rings, The Road to Isengard. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! Pledge yo…
 
In this session, we are besieged with the Rohirrim in book three, chapter seven of The Lord of the Rings! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! Pledge …
 
In this session, we discuss the healing of the king of Rohan in book three, chapter five of The Lord Of The Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! The Wanderer (read by…
 
In this session, we discuss the upcoming Amazon TV adaptation of Tolkien’s world, then conclude our discussion of book three, chapter five of The Lord Of The Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Sup…
 
In this session, we share the tale of the entwives and are reunited with Gandalf in book three, chapters four and five of The Lord Of The Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on …
 
In this session, we meet Treebeard and delve into the history of the ents in book three, chapter four of The Lord Of The Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you h…
 
In this session, we return to the hobbits and meet the Uruk-hai in book three, chapter three of The Lord Of The Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoug…
 
In this session, we send Boromir off into the Anduin and meet the Riders of Rohan in the first two chapters of book three of The Lord Of The Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North …
 
In this session, we delve deep into the final temptation of Boromir, and discuss Frodo’s choice at the end of the Fellowship of the Ring. For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon…
 
In this session, we conclude The Fellowship of the Ring and witness the end of the Fellowship in chapters 9 & 10 of Book 2 of The Lord Of The Rings. For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North…
 
In this session, we discuss The Fellowship Of The Ring, Book 2, Chapters 7 & 8: The Mirror of Galadriel & Farewell to Lórien! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you hav…
 
In this session, we escape the shadow of Moria and cross the Nimrodel into Lothlórien in book two, chapter six of The Lord of the Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon!…
 
In this session, we face Durin’s Bane and fly from Moria in book two, chapter five of The Lord of the Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on thi…
 
In this session, we confront Caradhras and venture into Moria in chapters three and four of book two of The Lord of the Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you ha…
 
In this session, we make a valiant effort to leave Rivendell and make it to Caradhras in Book 2, Chapter 3 of The Lord of the Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If …
 
In this session, we complete our discussion of the Council of Elrond in Book 2, Chapter 2 of The Lord of the Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts…
 
In this session, we try valiantly to make it through the Council of Elrond, and fall just a little short of our goal. For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have though…
 
In this session, we catch our breath in Rivendell and discuss a remarkable poetic achievement in book two, chapter one of The Lord of the Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on …
 
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