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Reading Tolkien

Apr 20, 2021

In this episode, I interview literary scholar Vladimir Brljak, who published an article in 2010 entitled The Book of Lost Tales: Tolkien as Metafictionist

The article argues that Tolkien's metafiction (the Red Book, etc) is central to understanding the effect his work has on readers. We also touch on Milton, the...

Apr 17, 2021

In this episode, Ben and Sridhar return to 'Aldarion and Erendis' from Unfinished Tales. They discuss the characters and themes, with a particular focus on the slowly growing imperial ambitious of Aldarion and the quietly stoic, if bitter, character of Erendis. 

LOTRonPrime news and other matters are also broached. Join...

Apr 3, 2021

Ben and Sridhar discuss Tolkien's first classic, The Hobbit. They look at Bilbo's journey, the place of moral theory in Tolkien's work, the differences between modern and ancient worldviews, and the place of The Hobbit in Tolkien's wider legendarium. Join them for this in depth and (by the end) raucous podcast.