Posts made in January, 2018

Episode 02: Chocolate and Beer

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Podcast, Silmarillion, Tolkien | 0 comments

This week on So, You Want to Read Tolkien, we discuss Chapter One of Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days.

  • Melkor and the true meaning of Christmas
  • Tulkas and his laughter
  • The Lamps go up, the Lamps come down.
  • Trees!
  • First mention of the Silmarils
  • Elves and Humans are coming…some time.

Here is some fabulous art of the Valar and here is a brief description of the ones mentioned in this chapter:

    • Melkor – The Dark Enemy, Morgoth
    • Manwë – Lord of wind and air, King of the Valar
    • Ulmo – Sea King
    • Aulë – Master of crafts and earth and all that is underneath
    • Oromë – Lord of Forests
    • Mandos – Lord of Death and judgement
    • Tulkas – Lord of Strenth (and wrestling)
    • Varda – Lady of the Stars
    • Yavanna – Giver of Fruits

Maps!

I found the maps in my Atlas of Middle Earth that I used as a reference, they might help:

All of Creation

Valinor

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Episode 01: Team Melkor!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Podcast, Silmarillion, Tolkien | 0 comments

On this weeks episode we discuss the Ainulindalë and the Valaquenta, the first two short stories in The Silmarillion.

  • Is Ilúvatar just a really terrible dad?
  • Sexism, ableims, and heteronormivity all in one chapter!
  • Creation is created!…or whatever

For reference:

 

Here is some fabulous art of the Valar and here is a brief description:

  • Melkor – The Dark Enemy, Morgoth
  • Manwë – Lord of wind and air, King of the Valar
  • Ulmo – Sea King
  • Aulë – Master of crafts and earth and all that is underneath
  • Oromë – Lord of Forests
  • Mandos – Lord of Death and judgement
  • Lorien – Lord of Dreams and Visions
  • Tulkas – Lord of Strenth (and wrestling)
  • Varda – Lady of the Stars
  • Yavanna – Giver of Fruits
  • Nienna – Lady Mourning and Weeping
  • Estë – Lady of Healing and Rest
  • Vairë – the Weaver
  • Vana – the Ever Young
  • Nessa – …she likes to dance?

Here is some art of the Maiar, and some of the ones of note:

  • Mairon  – Aka Gorthaur the Cruel aka Sauron
  • Melian – We’ll get to know her a lot in the Silmarilion.
  • Curumo – Seen elsewhere as Saruman
  • Olorin – Seen elsewhere as Gandalf
  • Aiwindel – Seen elsewhere as Radagast

 

The Forest and the Trees Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 00: Good Ol’ Aragron

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Podcast, Silmarillion, Tolkien | 0 comments

Welcome to the first episode of So, You Want to Read Tolkien, a podcast where your hosts guide you through the main works from J.R.R. Tolkien in a very friendly, open to all way.

In this first episode, we introduce ourselves and how we hope to be bringing you a balance of love for the source material with a critical eye aimed at the inherent sexism and other problematic content.

We’re now up on iTunes and you can find and subscribe to us here

Intro and Outro music:
The Forest and the Trees Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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