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Join The Tolkien Professor, Dr. Corey Olsen, on a sentence-by-sentence journey through the text of Tolkien's epic fairy story, and explore Middle-earth through the magical game-world of Lord of the Rings Online.

Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Ring‪s‬ Mythgard Institute

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Join The Tolkien Professor, Dr. Corey Olsen, on a sentence-by-sentence journey through the text of Tolkien's epic fairy story, and explore Middle-earth through the magical game-world of Lord of the Rings Online.

    Session 175: Of Squirrels and Tom Bombadil

    Session 175: Of Squirrels and Tom Bombadil

    ELOTR 175: Council of Elrond Session 51
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    In which we discuss what the “change of days,” is for Tom Bombadil. Chief Councilor, Erestor has a suggestion about leaving The Ring with Tom. Gandalf says it’s a bad idea, but would that actually be the case? Could any Free Person be a completely perfect ringbearer?


    Field Trip: Vales of Anduin


    “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
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    • 2 tim. 7 min
    Session 174: The Beginning of the End of the Council

    Session 174: The Beginning of the End of the Council

    174: Council of Elrond Session 50


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    In which we backtrack to Gandalf’s description of his relationship with Shadowfax. As his narrative come to an end, Gandalf announces that “The Tale is told from first to last.” Again, we’re reminded that the hand of Fate and Providence is at play that all the players have arrived just before curtain up. Gandalf asks what is to be done with the Ring. Elrond misses his cue and starts on a non sequitur, or could it be something else?


    Field Trip: Rhosgobel


    “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
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    • 2 tim. 14 min
    Session 173: Gandalf's Story Comes to an End

    Session 173: Gandalf's Story Comes to an End

    173: Council of Elrond Session 49 02/02/21


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    In which we break down Gandalf’s path post-Weathertop back to Rivendell. Was it a wild-goose chase into the Ettenmoores? What did he hope to accomplish and what of the riders? Providence, doublespeak and more as Gandalf finishes his narrative. Why did Gandalf keep this long narrative until the Council instead of telling Frodo in his room?
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    • 2 tim. 16 min
    Session 172: The Further Difficulties of the Witchking

    Session 172: The Further Difficulties of the Witchking

    172: Council of Elrond Session 48 01/26


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    In which Gandalf recounts the Nazguul’s infiltration of Bree, and their “starting lineup” and travel itinerary. We debate the Nazguul’s “Plan Bree” and their ultimate goal, Gandalf’s wild ride to Weathertop and The Witch King’s perspective of Frodo’s flight to Rivendell. Also, how unlucky are the Nazguul that they keep running into the Noldorin?


    Field Trip: Duskenvale Glandin
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    • 2 tim. 38 min
    Session 171: Gandalf Contributes to the Witchking's Troubles

    Session 171: Gandalf Contributes to the Witchking's Troubles

    171: Council of Elrond Session 47 01/19


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    In which we discuss the evolution of Butterburr’s name, and we learn the fate of the forgetful innkeeper. The nature of Gandalf’s blessing that made his beer fit for a King. And we contemplate Aragorn’s alter-ego Strider,


    Field Trip: Gladdenmere


    “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
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    • 1 tim. 57 min
    Session 170: Retracing Frodo's Steps, Quickly

    Session 170: Retracing Frodo's Steps, Quickly

    Tonight, we get Gandalf's return in haste to the Shire and Bree. Will he pick up any decoy hobbits? Will he melt any butter?
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    • 2 tim. 33 min

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