Episode 101: Peeled Grapes

This week Caitlin, Rachel, and Emmy discuss the portion of Appendix A, Part 1 and Part 3. We’re skipping part 2.

  • I think it’s very clear that we were not really into this.
  • A lot of ridiculous names and quick flashes of cool stuff
  • Tolkien is rolling over in his grave

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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 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 09: They’re Only HALF-Cousins

On this week’s episode of So, You Want to Read Tolkien, Caitlin, Rachel, and Emmy discuss Chapters 12 and 13 of the Silmarillion.

Characters

Chapter 12

  • Manwë – Lord of the Valar
  • Ulmo – Valar of the Sea
  • Yavanna – Valar of fruits and growing things. The one who made the Trees.
  • Mandos – Valar in charge of the Halls of the Dead.
  • Morgoth – Big Bad.
  • Barahir – The first human mentioned in the book.
  • Beren – Son of Barahir.
  • Earendil – Briefly mentioned, going to be important later.
  • Elwing – See above.
  • Elrond – Son of Earendil and Elwing.

Chapter 13

  • A whole bunch of Noldor. See below for how everyone is related. THEY’RE ONLY HALF COUSINS.
  • House of Finwë – For reference, but also spoilers because it goes a couple generations farther than who we’ve met.
  • Thingol – King of the sindar living in Doriath behind Melian’s Girdle.
  • Melian – Thingol’s wife, a maiar, created the Girdle so evil forces would not be able to find Menegroth, their home in Doriath.
  • Gothmog – Lord of Balrogs.
  • Glaurung – BABY DRAGON.
  • Thorondor – Lord of Eagles.
  • Morgoth comes up again.

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Episode 08: Daddy Morgoth

This week on So, You Want to Read Tolkien, we discuss Chapter 10 “Of the Sindar” and Chapter 11 “Of the Sun and Moon and the hiding of Valinor”

 

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