Drunk Tolkien Episode 1: The Silmarillion

Welcome to our first episode of Drunk Tolkien!

This week drunkenly recap the Silmarillion and have no idea what anyone’s name is.

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Episode 18: Frickity Frack

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

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 15: Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim

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.

Other Resources:

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Episode 11: Emo Goth Elf

In this weeks episode we discuss Chapter 16, “Of Maeglin” and Chapter 17, “Of the Coming of Men into the West”

Caitlin is about to leave the country for a week and so does not have time for extensive show notes, but here is a family tree of the Edain:

This is the easiest to understand one I could find.

Here is a very simplified version to see how the houses eventually come together.

 

And here is the interview with Tolkien.

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