Episode 18: Frickity Frack

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Podcast, Silmarillion, Tolkien | 0 comments

This week Caitlin, Rachel, and Emily discuss the final chapter in the Quenta Silmarillion.

Characters:

Eärendil – son of Idril and Tuor, ruled Sirion and married Elwing

Elwing – daughter of Dior, Earendil’s wife, currently holding the silmaril at the start of this chapter

Elrond – their son

Elros – their other, less famous son

Cirdan – the Shipwright, helps Earendil build the Vingilot.

 

Remaining sons of Fëanor:

Maedhros and  Maglor survive the third kinslaying in this chapter.

Ulmo–our Valar of the sea.

Eonwë – herald of Manwë

Manwë – king of the Valar

Morgoth – Big Bad

Thorondor – the king of the giant eagles

Types of Elves/Men/Beings

Valar – first beings in Aun, essentially the gods here

Noldor – Elves who were ruled by Finwe, Feanor’s original people

Vanyar – High elves, the very first clan of elves and also the smallest

Teleri – Led by Elwe and Olwe, elves with ships by the sea

Edain – Men who came from Hildorien

 

Things with Names

Vingilot – the ship Earendil tried to sail to Valinor in (and other places, but like, most important is that one)

Next week’s homework; the Akallabêth

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Episode 17: The Answer is Always Doom

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Podcast, Silmarillion, Tolkien | 0 comments

Join Caitlin, Rachel and Emily this week to discuss The Silmarillion, Chapter 23 “Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin.”

Characters

Tuor – son of Huor, therefore nephew of Húrin and cousin to Túrin, born immediately after the battle of unnumbered tears.

Ulmo – vala of the oceans, only one who hasn’t abandoned Middle Earth.

Turgon – Lord of Gondolin

Voronwë – the only elf to return from the ships Turgon sent to try to go to Valinor and try to get help

Idril Celebrindal – daughter of Turgon

Maeglin – nephew of Turgon, child of Turgon’s sister Aredhel and the emo elf Eol.

Ecthelion – guardian of the gate to Gondolin

Glorfindel – along with Ecthelion, Turgon’s captains

Thorondor – lord of the eagles

Morgoth – still evil

Gothmog – Lord of the Balrogs

Manwë – king of the Valar.

 

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Episode 16: Magical Friendship Necklace

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Podcast, Silmarillion, Tolkien | 0 comments

This week Caitlin, Rachel, and Emily discuss Chapter 22 of The Silmarillion, “Of the Fall of Doriath.”

Characters:

Húrin – brother of Huor, father of Túrin, has been tortured by Morgoth for the last 28 years

Morwen – Húrin’s wife, was lost in the confusion of Glaurung’s smoke

Turgon – lord of Gondolin, once upon a time was friends with Húrin

Thorondor – lord of the eagles of Manwe

Mîm – the petty dwarf who betrayed Túrin last chapter

Thingol – elf lord of Doriath, in possession of a Silmaril

Melian – maia lady of Doriath.

Beren and Luthien – our disney princesses, got the silmaril from Morgoth, Beren died and came back, Luthien became human to live with him.

Dior – son of Beren and Luthien, grandchild of Thingol and Melian, making him human, elf, and maia.

The sons of Feanor – As a collective. They swore a very very serious oath to pursue the Silmarils at all costs, and that’s why we’re in this fucking mess.

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Episode 15: Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Podcast, Silmarillion, Tolkien | 0 comments

This week on So, You Want to Read Tolkien, Caitlin, Rachel, and Emmy discuss Chapter 22 of the Silmarillion, “Of Turin Turambar.”

Characters:

Rian – Wife of Huor, mother of Tuor.
Morwen – Wife of Hurin, mother of Turin, Nienor, and the short lived Lalaith.

Túrin – the main character
Nienor – his sister.

Beleg Strongbow, called Cúthalion – elf of Doriath, really really loves Túrin.

Thingol and Melian – elf and maia rulers of Doriath.

Mablung – elf captain of Doriath, also friend of Túrin

Mîm – a petty-dwarf.

Gwindor – the elf from Nargothrond who had tried to avenge his brother in the last one and got taken by Morgoth. Now he’s super duper wrecked after being forced into hard labor.

Orodreth – now-king of Nargothrond (Finrod was his brother)

Finduilas – Orodreth’s daughter, yet another super duper unbelievably pretty elf who serves no purpose other than to be a love interest
Three guesses who she falls in love with “against her will”?

Morgoth – still evil
Glaurung – still a dragon, way more manipulative than fire-breathy in this one

 

Here is a map show casing the travels of Túrin and Nienor.

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Episode 14: The Worst Episode of Sesame Street

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Podcast, Silmarillion, Tolkien | 0 comments

This week we discuss Chapter 20:Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad.

Characters:

Three main camps:

Maedhros – son of Fëanor

  • Naugrim – dwarves
  • Newer arrived men to Beleriand – known as Easterlings
  • Men of Bór
  • Men of Ulfang – fuck you Uldor the accursed

Fingon – son of Fingolfin

  • A bunch of people in Hithlum? The men of Hador?
  • People of Haleth (Halmir died, pesky menfolk, son Haldir took over)
  • Húrin and Huor – important men? Married important women? Once went to Gondolin?
  • Gwindor – basically the only dude from Nargothrond who came, his brother Gelmir had been captured by Morgoth previously
  • Turgon – also son of Fingolfin, Fingon’s brother
  • Maeglin – the douche, mostly just happens to be here this chapter but I assume will be important again

Morgoth

Orcs, wolves, Balrogs (with Gothmog), and dragons (with Glaurung)

Tangential characters:

  • Thingol and Melian – Thingol now has a Silmaril in his secret forest, still doesn’t listen to Melian
  • Beren and Lúthien – live out the rest of their lives happily on an island. Good for them.
  • Círdan – ship dude

The Site I stole my notes on the battle from. 

A Map of how the battle went

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Episode 13 – The Goodest of Good Boys

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Podcast, Silmarillion, Tolkien | 0 comments

This week we discuss Chapter 19: Of Beren and Luthien. It’s the happy chapter.

Characters

Barahir – descendant of Beor, did a good for Finrod
Beren – Barahir’s son, and a Disney Princess
Gorlim – one of Barahir’s band of outlaws

Thingol – king of the Sindar, in the blocked off forest of Doriath
Melian – maia, married to Thingol for some reason, no one ever listens to her
Lúthien – Thingol & Melian’s daughter, also a Disney Princess

Daeron – an entitled dudebro minstrel, has a crush on Lúthien

Finrod – king of the Noldor, was saved by Barahir so kinda owes his family
Celegorm and Curufin – sons of Feanor, a couple of assholes. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, etc. Currently living with Finrod.
Huan. A gift to Celegorm from Oromë, vala of hunting shit.
Orodreth – Finrod’s brother, gets put in charge when Finrod leaves

Morgoth – big bad dude, has the Silmarils in his crown?
Sauron – second big bad, Lord of the Fucking Werewolves!!!
Draugluin – lord and sire of the werewolves!!!
Carcharoth, THE RED MAW, ANFAUGLIR, THE JAWS OF THIRST – werewolf literally hand-fed
by Morgoth, aka Morgoth’s lap-dog. Except he’s guarding the gate.

Mandos – speaker of Doom, vala of the halls of the dead

Thorondor – Lord of Eagles

A map of Beren and Luthien’s journey

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Episode 12: The Secret SECRET Place

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Podcast, Silmarillion, Tolkien | 0 comments

This week we discuss chapter 18 of the Silmarillion, “Of the Ruin of Beleriund and the Fall of Fingolfin.”

I’m not going to list the characters this week. There is too many. Instead here is a screenshot of our google doc with the characters.

 

Map of where the Noldor had set up before the battle.

Map of the Realms of Beleriand

Map of the Movements within the Battle

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