III. Trials of the Valar Episode 127: In the Room with David Bratman

Episode 127: In the Room with David Bratman

Few have given so freely of their time and contributed so much to the Tolkien community as David Bratman. Over the past 40 years, he has spent much of his time writing and organizing essays, bibliographies, reader guides about Tolkien and his body of work. Listen as we discuss elven magic, sub-creation, the three different …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 126: The Cats of the Queen

Episode 126: The Cats of the Queen

In this episode, the heroes enter the remains of Meneltarma. They are surprised to find several cats following them around the ruins. In the inner sanctum they find a grand white tree and Queen Berúthiel. She is wielding Dramborleg, the vicious heirloom of Númenor.

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 125: The Hallowed Eagle Eyrie

Episode 125: The Hallowed Eagle Eyrie

Back at Ilmarin, Irmo thanks the heroes and suggests that they do the Trial of Yavanna to get a sapling of Telperion. The players discuss the history of the Númenóreans, the fate of Númenor, the Great Eagles, the artifact called Dramborleg, and the infamous Queen Berúthiel. The players take a short rest and head to …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 124: Mbar-Ndor

Episode 124: Mbar-Ndor

“Home Land” is the passphrase to summon the portal from Ilmarin. And finally, the party is able to whisper those words and leave the Path of Dreams, having collected the vemon of the Great Glow Worms.

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 123: “Don’t Leave The Path”

Episode 123: “Don’t Leave The Path”

As the group tries to free Mor-lómin from the jaws of a Great Glow Worm, Feredir and Burin are also swallowed. Tesoro and Ezellendur are standing alone battling the guardians of the Path of Dreams.

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 122: The Steward of Myth, Dr. Vicki Ronn

Episode 122: The Steward of Myth, Dr. Vicki Ronn

Dr. Vicki Ronn joins us on this episode to talk about the Mythopoeic Society, their conference, and their awards. She and Jared discuss Tolkien’s “old cat lady.” Jared asks about the (supposed) newly established Inklings at Oxford. Dr. Ronn mentions what is next on her reading list, the book referred to as the “Chinese LOTR,” …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 121: The Olórë Mallë

Episode 121: The Olórë Mallë

There be Glow Worms in this episode… They aren’t happy to see the party. Tesoro finds a creative way to collect the venom. The group decides which Trial to do next, and Jared mispronounces Meneltarma.

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 120: Cerin Amroth & The Great Glow Worms

Episode 120: Cerin Amroth & The Great Glow Worms

The group returns the bodies of Eärendil and Arien to the palace of Ilmarin. Ezellendur becomes the Avatar of Eönwë. The group begins the Trial of Irmo and travels to Cerin Amroth. There they encounter Arwen, circa in FA 211. Though there are no more Golden Mallorn trees in Lothlórien, Arwen tells the group that …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 119: The Death Throes of Ancalagon

Episode 119: The Death Throes of Ancalagon

The party manages to collect Arien and the last Silmaril before defeating Ancalagon and heading back through the portal to Ilmarin. Find out why Ancalagon destroyed the three peaks of Thangorodrim the first time he died.

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 118: My Most Beloved Stars

Episode 118: My Most Beloved Stars

The Coronavirus is bad. Thousands of people are sick and dying. Many people are isolated. Governments and economies are suffering. People have had to put their lives on hold, so to speak. And though the Longwinded One is suffering the same fate as millions of others, including a delayed Tolkien pilgrimage to England, there is …

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