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The Tolkien Professor podcast is a series of lectures, discussions, and seminars on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Corey Olsen, President of Signum University. All are welcome to enter – even those without any party business!

The Tolkien Professor The Tolkien Professor (Corey Olsen)

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The Tolkien Professor podcast is a series of lectures, discussions, and seminars on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Corey Olsen, President of Signum University. All are welcome to enter – even those without any party business!

    SilmFilm 6-18: Season 6, Episode 4

    SilmFilm 6-18: Season 6, Episode 4

    Tinuviel! SilmFilm is back, and just in time for the meeting of Beren and Luthien!
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 2 hrs 18 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 27

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 27

    Join Corey and Maggie as they discuss and debate some important questions about adaptation.


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 27,
    recorded on November 17, 2022


    Hosts:
    Dr. Corey Olsen the Tolkien Professor
    https://signumuniversity.org/director...
    Dr. Maggie Parke
    https://signumuniversity.org/director...


    Fall Fundraising Campaign 2022 has started. Watch Corey's announcement.
    https://youtu.be/4E4L9oMDmV0


    Join us for our annual webathon to enjoy presentations from our diverse programs, the traditional Trivia Contest, and the State of the University address. On November 19, starting at 1PM ET (updated!).
    We will stream on Signum’s Twitch and YouTube channels.
    https://www.twitch.tv/signumu
    https://www.youtube.com/c/SignumUnive...


    Other Minds and Hands will now, until further notice, take place on THURSDAYS at 4:30 PM ET. Check the schedule here. https://www.twitch.tv/signumu/schedule


    Join us on this SignumU Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/SignumUnive...
    and SignumU Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/signumu
    For more information https://mythgard.org/miscellany/
    You can watch or listen to the recordings here.
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa...
    https://tolkienprof.fireside.fm/subsc...


    Now that RoP Season 1 has ended, here are some fun suggestions for you, whether you are new to Tolkien's world or a long-time reader/fan.
    For those who want to review and reflect on the show.
    Rings and Realms: https://www.youtube.com/c/RingsandRealms
    Corey and Maggie did a weekly analysis of Prime Video's epic adaptation of Tolkien’s mythos. Presented by Signum University and Studio Lab.
    audio-only version recordings (podcast) https://ringsandrealms.fireside.fm/


    Official Prime Video Aftershow on Twitter Spaces:
    Corey and Maggie hosted Official Prime Video Aftershow on Twitter Spaces on Fridays at 12:00 PM ET. You might still find the recordings on Corey's Twitter account.
    https://twitter.com/tolkienprof


    Follow our Twitter accounts for updates:
    Corey Olsen, Tolkien Professor https://twitter.com/tolkienprof
    Signum University https://twitter.com/SignumU
    Mythgard Institute https://twitter.com/mythgardian


    Want to dive deeper into Tolkien's world?
    Corey is offering several free and open weekly and biweekly programs on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other topics at Mythgard Institute. https://mythgard.org/
    You can check the live schedule here. https://www.twitch.tv/signumu/schedule
    More about the individual programs
    Exploring the Lord of the Rings: a sentence-by-sentence journey through the text of Tolkien's epic fairy story (and Stephen Colbert's favorite https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... ) https://mythgard.org/lotro/exlotr/
    Mythgard Academy: in-depth seminars on fantasy, science fiction, and other speculative works https://mythgard.org/academy/
    The Silmarillion Film Project/SilmFilm: a completely hypothetical discussion about what J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion would look like as a TV series https://mythgard.org/silmfilm/
    Those recordings can be found on this Signum University Youtube channel as well as on our podcasts.
    https://mythgard.org/listen/
    Other Minds and Hands and SilmFilm recordings are on the Tolkien Professor podcast.


    For those who feel reading the Silmarillion for the first time is a bit daunting.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Corey walks you through The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and even the volumes of History of Middle-earth series on his Mythgard Academy series.
    https://mythgard.org/academy/


    And here are more links if you dare.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Want more fan/fun gatherings? Check our news and events page for moots (in-person and virtual) and online events. https://signumuniversity.org/news-and...


    We also provide affordable higher education and fun, engaging learning (Tolkien Studies, Imaginative Li

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 26

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 26

    Join Corey and Maggie for an interview with Bear McCreary, composer of the score for the Rings of Power


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 26,
    recorded on November 10, 2022


    Hosts:
    Dr. Corey Olsen the Tolkien Professor
    https://signumuniversity.org/director...
    Dr. Maggie Parke
    https://signumuniversity.org/director...


    Episode guests:
    Special guest:
    Bear McCreary, composer
    Website https://bearmccreary.com/
    Blog https://bearmccreary.com/bears-blog/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/bearmccreary


    also in the episode is Phillip Menzies, composer on our SilmFilm project.
    https://mythgard.org/silmfilm/
    Phillip’s Youtube page where he has all the SilmFilm music https://www.youtube.com/user/philmen32


    Fall Fundraising Campaign 2022 has started. Watch Corey's announcement and come to our campaign broadcasts for news on our new programs and more fun.
    https://youtu.be/4E4L9oMDmV0


    Other Minds and Hands will now, until further notice, take place on THURSDAYS at 4:30 PM ET. Check the schedule here. https://www.twitch.tv/signumu/schedule


    Join us on this SignumU Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/SignumUnive...
    and SignumU Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/signumu
    For more information https://mythgard.org/miscellany/
    You can watch or listen to the recordings here.
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa...
    https://tolkienprof.fireside.fm/subsc...


    Now that RoP Season 1 has ended, here are some fun suggestions for you, whether you are new to Tolkien's world or a long-time reader/fan.
    For those who want to review and reflect on the show.
    Rings and Realms: https://www.youtube.com/c/RingsandRealms
    Corey and Maggie did a weekly analysis of Prime Video's epic adaptation of Tolkien’s mythos. Presented by Signum University and Studio Lab.
    audio-only version recordings (podcast) https://ringsandrealms.fireside.fm/


    Official Prime Video Aftershow on Twitter Spaces:
    Corey and Maggie hosted Official Prime Video Aftershow on Twitter Spaces on Fridays at 12:00 PM ET. You might still find the recordings on Corey's Twitter account.
    https://twitter.com/tolkienprof


    Follow our Twitter accounts for updates:
    Corey Olsen, Tolkien Professor https://twitter.com/tolkienprof
    Signum University https://twitter.com/SignumU
    Mythgard Institute https://twitter.com/mythgardian


    Want to dive deeper into Tolkien's world?
    Corey is offering several free and open weekly and biweekly programs on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other topics at Mythgard Institute. https://mythgard.org/
    You can check the live schedule here. https://www.twitch.tv/signumu/schedule
    More about the individual programs
    Exploring the Lord of the Rings: a sentence-by-sentence journey through the text of Tolkien's epic fairy story (and Stephen Colbert's favorite https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... ) https://mythgard.org/lotro/exlotr/
    Mythgard Academy: in-depth seminars on fantasy, science fiction, and other speculative works https://mythgard.org/academy/
    The Silmarillion Film Project/SilmFilm: a completely hypothetical discussion about what J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion would look like as a TV series https://mythgard.org/silmfilm/
    Those recordings can be found on this Signum University Youtube channel as well as on our podcasts.
    https://mythgard.org/listen/
    Other Minds and Hands and SilmFilm recordings are on the Tolkien Professor podcast.


    For those who feel reading the Silmarillion for the first time is a bit daunting.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Corey walks you through The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and even the volumes of History of Middle-earth series on his Mythgard Academy series.
    https://mythgard.org/academy/


    And here are more links if you dare.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Want more fan/fun gatherings? Check our news and events page for moots (in-person and virtual) and online events. https://si

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 25

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 25

    Corey and Maggie are back to continue some final reflections on Episode 8 of RoP s1, as time passes and wounds continue to heal.


    Fall Fundraising Campaign 2022 has started. Watch Lorey's announcement and come to our campaign broadcasts for news on our new programs and more fun.
    https://youtu.be/4E4L9oMDmV0


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 25,
    recorded on November 3, 2022


    Hosts:
    Dr. Corey Olsen the Tolkien Professor
    https://signumuniversity.org/director...
    Dr. Maggie Parke
    https://signumuniversity.org/director...


    Other Minds and Hands will now, until further notice, take place on THURSDAYS at 4:30 PM ET. Check the schedule here. https://www.twitch.tv/signumu/schedule


    Join us on this SignumU Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/SignumUnive...
    and SignumU Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/signumu
    For more information https://mythgard.org/miscellany/
    You can watch or listen to the recordings here.
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa...
    https://tolkienprof.fireside.fm/subsc...


    Now that RoP Season 1 has ended, here are some fun suggestions for you, whether you are new to Tolkien's world or a long-time reader/fan.
    For those who want to review and reflect on the show.
    Rings and Realms: https://www.youtube.com/c/RingsandRealms
    Corey and Maggie did a weekly analysis of Prime Video's epic adaptation of Tolkien’s mythos. Presented by Signum University and Studio Lab.
    audio-only version recordings (podcast) https://ringsandrealms.fireside.fm/


    Official Prime Video Aftershow on Twitter Spaces:
    Corey and Maggie hosted Official Prime Video Aftershow on Twitter Spaces on Fridays at 12:00 PM ET. You might still find the recordings on Corey's Twitter account.
    https://twitter.com/tolkienprof


    Follow our Twitter accounts for updates:
    Corey Olsen, Tolkien Professor https://twitter.com/tolkienprof
    Signum University https://twitter.com/SignumU
    Mythgard Institute https://twitter.com/mythgardian


    Want to dive deeper into Tolkien's world?
    Corey is offering several free and open weekly and biweekly programs on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other topics at Mythgard Institute. https://mythgard.org/
    You can check the live schedule here. https://www.twitch.tv/signumu/schedule
    More about the individual programs
    Exploring the Lord of the Rings: a sentence-by-sentence journey through the text of Tolkien's epic fairy story (and Stephen Colbert's favorite https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... ) https://mythgard.org/lotro/exlotr/
    Mythgard Academy: in-depth seminars on fantasy, science fiction, and other speculative works https://mythgard.org/academy/
    The Silmarillion Film Project/SilmFilm: a completely hypothetical discussion about what J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion would look like as a TV series https://mythgard.org/silmfilm/
    Those recordings can be found on this Signum University Youtube channel as well as on our podcasts.
    https://mythgard.org/listen/
    Other Minds and Hands and SilmFilm recordings are on the Tolkien Professor podcast.


    For those who feel reading the Silmarillion for the first time is a bit daunting.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Corey walks you through The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and even the volumes of History of Middle-earth series on his Mythgard Academy series.
    https://mythgard.org/academy/


    And here are more links if you dare.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Want more fan/fun gatherings? Check our news and events page for moots (in-person and virtual) and online events. https://signumuniversity.org/news-and...


    We also provide affordable higher education and fun, engaging learning (Tolkien Studies, Imaginative Literature, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Literature, and Germanic Philology) at Signum University. https://signumuniversity.org/
    About Signum University https://signumuniversity.org/about/
    Signum University Graduat

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 24

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 24

    Join Maggie and Corey for a discussion of Episode 8, as the journey towards Acceptance continues...


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 24,
    recorded on October 20, 2022


    Hosts:
    Dr. Corey Olsen the Tolkien Professor
    https://signumuniversity.org/director...
    Dr. Maggie Parke
    https://signumuniversity.org/director...


    Other Minds and Hands will now, until further notice, take place on THURSDAYS at 4:30 PM ET. Check the schedule here. https://www.twitch.tv/signumu/schedule


    Join us on this SignumU Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/SignumUnive...
    and SignumU Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/signumu
    For more information https://mythgard.org/miscellany/
    You can watch or listen to the recordings here.
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa...
    https://tolkienprof.fireside.fm/subsc...


    Now that RoP Season 1 has ended, here are some fun suggestions for you, whether you are new to Tolkien's world or a long-time reader/fan.
    For those who want to review and reflect on the show.
    Rings and Realms: https://www.youtube.com/c/RingsandRealms
    Corey and Maggie did a weekly analysis of Prime Video's epic adaptation of Tolkien’s mythos. Presented by Signum University and Studio Lab.
    audio-only version recordings (podcast) https://ringsandrealms.fireside.fm/


    Official Prime Video Aftershow on Twitter Spaces:
    Corey and Maggie hosted Official Prime Video Aftershow on Twitter Spaces on Fridays at 12:00 PM ET. You might still find the recordings on Corey's Twitter account.
    https://twitter.com/tolkienprof


    Follow our Twitter accounts for updates:
    Corey Olsen, Tolkien Professor https://twitter.com/tolkienprof
    Signum University https://twitter.com/SignumU
    Mythgard Institute https://twitter.com/mythgardian


    Want to dive deeper into Tolkien's world?
    Corey is offering several free and open weekly and biweekly programs on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other topics at Mythgard Institute. https://mythgard.org/
    You can check the live schedule here. https://www.twitch.tv/signumu/schedule
    More about the individual programs
    Exploring the Lord of the Rings: a sentence-by-sentence journey through the text of Tolkien's epic fairy story (and Stephen Colbert's favorite https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... ) https://mythgard.org/lotro/exlotr/
    Mythgard Academy: in-depth seminars on fantasy, science fiction, and other speculative works https://mythgard.org/academy/
    The Silmarillion Film Project/SilmFilm: a completely hypothetical discussion about what J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion would look like as a TV series https://mythgard.org/silmfilm/
    Those recordings can be found on this Signum University Youtube channel as well as on our podcasts.
    https://mythgard.org/listen/
    Other Minds and Hands and SilmFilm recordings are on the Tolkien Professor podcast.


    For those who feel reading the Silmarillion for the first time is a bit daunting.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Corey walks you through The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and even the volumes of History of Middle-earth series on his Mythgard Academy series.
    https://mythgard.org/academy/


    And here are more links if you dare.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Want more fan/fun gatherings? Check our news and events page for moots (in-person and virtual) and online events. https://signumuniversity.org/news-and...


    We also provide affordable higher education and fun, engaging learning (Tolkien Studies, Imaginative Literature, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Literature, and Germanic Philology) at Signum University. https://signumuniversity.org/
    About Signum University https://signumuniversity.org/about/
    Signum University Graduate Program https://signumuniversity.org/admissio...
    SPACE Signum Portals for Adult Continuing Education https://signumuniversity.org/space/
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 23

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 23

    Corey and Maggie are together again at StudioLab in NH, to answer questions about Episode 7 and anticipate the finale! And we'll be joined by a special guest!


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 23,
    recorded on October 13, 2022


    Hosts:
    Dr. Corey Olsen the Tolkien Professor
    https://signumuniversity.org/director...
    Dr. Maggie Parke
    https://signumuniversity.org/director...


    Episode guest:
    James Tauber from Digital Tolkien Project
    https://signumuniversity.org/people/j...
    Twitter https://twitter.com/DigitalTolkien
    Digital Tolkien Project website https://digitaltolkien.com/
    Digital Text, the course he taught at Signum, in Summer 2022, is now available for Anytime Audit purchase https://signumuniversity.org/course/l...
    He also teaches Tolkien-related and other modules at SPACE (Signum Portal for Adult Continuing Education)
    https://signumuniversity.org/non-degr...


    Other Minds and Hands will now, until further notice, take place on THURSDAYS at 4:30 PM ET. Check the schedule here. https://www.twitch.tv/signumu/schedule


    Join us on this SignumU Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/SignumUnive...
    and SignumU Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/signumu
    For more information https://mythgard.org/miscellany/
    You can watch or listen to the recordings here.
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa...
    https://tolkienprof.fireside.fm/subsc...


    Rings and Realms:
    https://www.youtube.com/c/RingsandRealms
    Join Dr. Corey Olsen and Dr. Maggie Parke for a weekly analysis of Prime Video's epic adaptation of Tolkien’s mythos. Presented by Signum University and Studio Lab.
    New episodes drop on Wednesdays in the evening ET.
    Look for announcements at https://twitter.com/ringsandrealms
    audio-only version recordings (podcast) https://ringsandrealms.fireside.fm/


    Official Prime Video Aftershow on Twitter Spaces:
    Corey and Maggie host Official Prime Video Aftershow on Twitter Spaces on Fridays at 12:00 PM ET
    https://twitter.com/tolkienprof


    Follow our Twitter accounts for updates:
    Corey Olsen, Tolkien Professor https://twitter.com/tolkienprof
    Signum University https://twitter.com/SignumU
    Mythgard Institute https://twitter.com/mythgardian


    Dr. Corey Olsen is offering several free and open weekly and biweekly programs on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other topics at Mythgard Institute. https://mythgard.org/
    You can check the live schedule here. https://www.twitch.tv/signumu/schedule
    More about the individual programs
    Exploring the Lord of the Rings: a sentence-by-sentence journey through the text of Tolkien's epic fairy story (and Stephen Colbert's favorite https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... ) https://mythgard.org/lotro/exlotr/
    Mythgard Academy: in-depth seminars on fantasy, science fiction, and other speculative works https://mythgard.org/academy/
    The Silmarillion Film Project/SilmFilm: a completely hypothetical discussion about what J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion would look like as a TV series https://mythgard.org/silmfilm/
    Those recordings can be found on this Signum University Youtube channel as well as on our podcasts.
    https://mythgard.org/listen/
    Other Minds and Hands and SilmFilm recordings are on the Tolkien Professor podcast.


    Want more fan/fun gatherings? Check our news and events page for moots (in-person and virtual) and online events. https://signumuniversity.org/news-and...


    We also provide affordable higher education and fun, engaging learning (Tolkien Studies, Imaginative Literature, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Literature, and Germanic Philology) at Signum University. https://signumuniversity.org/
    About Signum University https://signumuniversity.org/about/
    Signum University Graduate Program https://signumuniversity.org/admissio...
    SPACE Signum Portals for Adult Continuing Education https://signumuniversity.org/space
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Petal ,

A joy to listen to

For years I’ve been listening. It’s very much a work of love. Excellent!

BBXboy ,

Jumped the orc.

The milking of the subject matter has reached beyond ridiculous levels at this point. 2 plus years to cover book 1 of Fellowship Of The Ring. At this rate, expect LOTR exploration to culminate no sooner than 2030.

The LOTRO babble at the end of each episode is both pointless and annoying. Silmfilm is another painful exercise, wherein the participants envision what would surely be a 200 hour long film adaptation of The Silmarillion.

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