Episode 32: Alexa, Play Into the West

This week, we discuss Chapters 13 and 14 of the Hobbit, “Not at Home,” and “Fire and Water.”

Chapter 13 Characters

  • Bilbo
  • Cowardly Dwarves
  • The Arkenstone

Chapter 14 Characters

  • Bard – A grim voiced fellow. Descendant of Girion, Lord of Dale.
  • The Master of Laketown
  • The Citizens of Laketown
  • The Elven King
  • Smaug – for the last time. *sobsob*

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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.

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Episode 14: The Worst Episode of Sesame Street

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 03: The Mental Health of Orcs

This week we discuss Chapter 2 and 3 of the Silmarillion, “Of Aulë and Yavanna” and “Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor”

Chapter 2 Characters:

  • Aulë
  • Yavanna
  • Manwë
  • Iluvatar
  • Dwarves
  • Ents
  • Eagles

Chapter 3 Characters and References:

  • Oromë
  • Varda
  • Melkor
  • Manwë
  • Mandos
  • Ulmo
  • Melkor
  • Sauron
  • Balrogs and Orcs
  • and a whole lotta Elves

Click here for a map of the journey the Elves take.

Click here for a map of the lands of Beleriand and Ossiriand and how they match up to the more common map of Middle Earth.

Groups of Elves:

After going on my long sum up of the different groupings of Elves, I found this page in my book which breaks them all down and is very helpful.

The most important ones to remember for now, are the Noldor and the Teleri.

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