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Reading Tolkien

Dec 20, 2020

In this fascinating discussion, Dr Dennis Wise (University of Arizona) and I talk about a range of topics related to Tolkien studies, including the state of the academic field, the place of Critical Theory in the reception of Tolkien, theories about metafiction in Tolkien's fiction, the 'ontological' status of Tolkien's...

Dec 6, 2020

In this, our third episode at Reading Tolkien, we explore Tolkien's little known but fascinating and often moving unfinished novel, 'Aldarion and Erendis'. Join us as we discuss Tolkien's writing process, the effect that this story has (retrospectively) on the moral character of The Lord of the Rings, and...

Nov 5, 2020

Here, I interview blogger and SF writer Daniel Stride, who blogs at

Daniel blogs on Tolkien's work, among other topics. 

Nov 3, 2020

In this, our premier episode, I explain the intent of the podcast and Razib and I discuss the latest news in regards to the upcoming Amazon Second Age show.