III. Trials of the Valar Episode 149: The Last Episode at the Prancing Pony, Part 2

Episode 149: The Last Episode at the Prancing Pony, Part 2

Shawn and Alan chat with Jared about the Second Prophecy of Mandos and the Dagor Dagorath. They read parts of the early manuscript containing the prophecy and discuss theories about why Christopher (and his father) abandoned this concept. The trio end by introducing the Jared’s original poem, Lay of Angruin. Listen to the Lay in …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 148: The Last Episode at the Prancing Pony, Part 1

Episode 148: The Last Episode at the Prancing Pony, Part 1

My double secret guests on this episode are none other than Alan Sisto and Shawn Marchese from the Prancing Pony Podcast. Join us as we learn more about the dynamic duo of the PPP. Come bear witness as we they partake in a “Lightning Round” set of fun question (like they do on their show).

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 146: Tolkien Pilgrimage- Warwick and Great Haywood

Episode 146: Tolkien Pilgrimage- Warwick and Great Haywood

Join us as Dr. Andrew Higgins shows us around Warwick and Great Haywood, both of which were early sources of inspiration for the first iteration of the Lord of the Rings legendarium. Come see Warwick Castle, Shugborough Hall, Essex Bridge, and Rock Cottage. After the virtual tour we get a chance to chat a little …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 145: Tolkien Pilgrimage- Birmingham

Episode 145: Tolkien Pilgrimage- Birmingham

Come on a virtual tour with Mary Moore from Birmingham Tours as we visit Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog, the new King Edward’s School, Edgbaston Waterworks Tower, and Perrott’s Folly. Visit Birmingham Tours for more information: https://www.BirminghamTours.co.uk

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 140: John D. Rateliff, Doctor of Fantasy

Episode 140: John D. Rateliff, Doctor of Fantasy

In what will likely be the last interview with a Tolkien scholar on the podcast, we discuss John’s path to Marquette University, where he studied the Tolkien manuscripts. The resulting book is called the History of the Hobbit. John has worked for TSR and Wizards of the Coast, working on Dungeons and Dragons. Listen and …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 135: The Roots of Douglas A. Anderson

Episode 135: The Roots of Douglas A. Anderson

Join Douglas A. Anderson and I as we discuss how he originally got to know Humphrey Carpenter, Wayne Hammond, and Christopher Tolkien. Learn how his Annotated Hobbit came to be, and hear some truly interesting stories and anecdotes about independent scholarship and fantasy publishing going back 35 years. Doug and I also discuss our D&D …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 131: Intrōspiciō

Episode 131: Intrōspiciō

In this episode, Jared looks back at the previous 130 episodes, talks about what he has learned, and what he would do differently. He talks about how important the Tolkien community has been for him over the last three years. He talks what’s left to come in the podcast: Cuiviénen, Angband, and Gundabad. There are …

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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 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 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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