II. Rise of the Mormegil Episode 95: Finishing with Feredir

Episode 95: Finishing with Feredir

Marco comes back to chat with us about the changes Feredir has gone through. He laments the loss of Anguirel, and discusses this continuation of the Túrin Turambar story. He hints at an explosive ending to part two, Rise of the Mormegil.

II. Rise of the Mormegil Episode 91: Wayfinding with Mark Fonstad

Episode 91: Wayfinding with Mark Fonstad

In this episode, we talk to a professor of Geography at the University of Oregon, Mark Fonstad. He happens to be the son of Karen Wynn Fonstad, the cartographer responsible for the Atlas of Middle Earth. We discuss Karen’s path into map making and how the idea for the Atlas came about. Mark gives background …

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II. Rise of the Mormegil Episode 86: Raiken & Tentacle Monsters

Episode 86: Raiken & Tentacle Monsters

In this interview with Josh, we learn about Raiken’s character development through part two of the trilogy. We discuss the difficulty as players and game masters in creating memorable and creative moments. And for the first time in 86 episodes, the interviewer becomes the interviewee.

II. Rise of the Mormegil Episode 85: Burin Part Deux: It’s All About the Dex

Episode 85: Burin Part Deux: It’s All About the Dex

Join Spriggz and the game master as they discuss Rise of the Mormegil. Get inside the mind of the original barbarian from the Bastards. Learn about what motivated Burin throughout the campaign, and why this may be the last solo Spriggz interview.

II. Rise of the Mormegil Episode 80: Interview with Michael Drout, Part 2

Episode 80: Interview with Michael Drout, Part 2

In this, the second part of Dr. Drout’s interview, we discuss how Tolkien reversed the epistemic regime by telling the story from the point of view of the least knowledgeable character. We discuss the inevitable chapter 2, Treatise of Tedium, that most of the time plague fantasy and science fiction writers (but not Tolkien). And …

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Uncategorized Episode 79: Interview with Michael Drout, Part 1

Episode 79: Interview with Michael Drout, Part 1

In this episode we talk to Professor Michael Drout from Wheaton College. We learn why so many scholars think it is important to talk about how to read Tolkien. We discuss how Tolkien created an “impression of depth” through his vast size and intricate detail in his writings. And we learn about Dr. Drout’s first …

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II. Rise of the Mormegil Episode 74: The Digital Philologist, James Tauber

Episode 74: The Digital Philologist, James Tauber

The Digital Philologist, James Tauber, explains to us the history of philology, how it has evolved, and the benefits of using technology to study the classics (including Tolkien). Come listen to this Renaissance man as he talks to us about why the love of wisdom and the love of words are so important.

II. Rise of the Mormegil Episode 69: Fiona Jallings Teaches Sindarin

Episode 69: Fiona Jallings Teaches Sindarin

The brilliant creator of Realelvish.net talks with us about her site, her book, her classes, and the Sindarin language. We also talk about the Parma Eldalamberon journal, the Vinyar Tengwar journal, and the cultural rules elves use for naming things and people. Lastly, she breaks down some of elvish words we used in the campaign. …

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II. Rise of the Mormegil Episode 64: Talking Quenya with Paul Strack

Episode 64: Talking Quenya with Paul Strack

Join us for this language focused discussion with community expert, Paul Strack. We talk to him about the evolution of Tolkien’s languages, the nature of Quenya, and we dissect some of the Quenya words from the campaign. Quenya Words Discussed: Minyasercë = First Blood (instead of Ennayór)Corondur Servant of the mound (instead of Ezellendur)Morlumbë or Morhala …

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II. Rise of the Mormegil Episode 60: Okrin Laid Bare

Episode 60: Okrin Laid Bare

The last of the new character chats. The DM also talks about the nature of the podcast, possible fan interviews, and reads a passage about Feredir when he was a child. End this episode with the characters’ first impression of the Cottage of Lost Play.

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