41 episodes

Athrabeth is a monthly podcast that invites you down the lesser trod paths of Tolkien's Legendarium. Each episode we pick a single chapter, essay, fragment, or topic, and do a deep dive, exploring it as both fans and scholars.

Athrabeth Jude Vais & Stef Midlock

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    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

Athrabeth is a monthly podcast that invites you down the lesser trod paths of Tolkien's Legendarium. Each episode we pick a single chapter, essay, fragment, or topic, and do a deep dive, exploring it as both fans and scholars.

    Episode 39: NoMe doubt about it, this book rocks!

    Episode 39: NoMe doubt about it, this book rocks!

    This month we're celebrating the release of the new Tolkien book, The Nature of Middle-earth, edited by Carl F. Hostetter. We discuss how it came to be, our favorite parts, and Jude's new Tolkien Tattoo!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 38: Review: A24's The Green Knight

    Episode 38: Review: A24's The Green Knight

    What about SECOND Green Knight episodes you say? In case you hadn't heard, we were struck in the head with the flying apple of audio malfunction! So this week you get TWO EPISODES! Its the elevensies of Tolkien and Tolkien adjacent podcasting over here. Please enjoy, at long last, our discussion of The Green Knight! We'll be back next month with more Hot Tolkien Takes!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 22 Redux: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Episode 22 Redux: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    "Do not meddle in the affairs of podcasters, for they are subtle and quick to anger, especially when they somehow lose an entire episode of audio." - Tolkien, Probably.

    HEY so this is a VERY SPECIAL episode, in so much as its a remaster of our first discussion of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, episode 22. I say FIRST because this was supposed to be a discussion of the recent A24 film, but orc got Stef's audio! so we have to rerecord it! Our wonderful editor James stepped into to remaster this old episode for you to keep you entertained until we can get that put together for you, hopefully next week. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 37: The Sundering of the Elves

    Episode 37: The Sundering of the Elves

    This month we're doing a bit of Back to Basics by taking a deep dive into the Sundering of the Elves, with a bonus explainer on all the various Years and Ages, so we can put it all into context. Ever wondered when the heck the Years of the Lamps was? What a Laiquendi is? Look (listen?) no further!

    • 1 hr
    Episode 36: Tolkien and Diversity Recap

    Episode 36: Tolkien and Diversity Recap

    This month, we present something a little bit different! Jude and Stef attended the Tolkien Society Seminar last weekend, and we're very proud to present to you our recap of the events. It was a tremendously enriching seminar and we're pleased to have the opportunity to highlight all of the seminar's contributors.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 35: Stars Unveiled

    Episode 35: Stars Unveiled

    In this month's episode we discuss the stars, constellations and other stellar phenomena that light the night sky of middle-Earth. We ask the important questions like did elves make telescopes and how many space puns can Stef make before Jude hangs up the zoom call!

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

nvite ,

Love it!

I just found this podcast and I love it! I read LotR and the Hobbit back in hs and fell in love with the world Tolkien created! It’s so exciting to delve further into his lesser known works and more of the histories created for middle earth.

KingMob88 ,

A NEW Kind of Tolkien Podcast with Wonderful Dynamics!

There are plenty of Tolkien podcasts out there, but it's exciting to see one intentionally delving into the wonderful lesser-known writings of the corpus. The dynamic between the hosts is perfect: both are knowledgeable in their own ways, but each certainly contributes something unique to the conversation. I'm always excited to see another episode come out!

Richard KL ,

An accessible, entertaining look at Tolkien

This show is entertaining in a way that I wasn't sure I'd get out of a podcast about the works of Tolkien. The hosts are a perfect duo of knowledge and humor that bring both a scholarly and a relatable perspective to the material. I don't see myself digging into the obscure corners of Tolkien's writings myself, but I love hearing about all the wonderfully strange and interesting things to be found there. Definitely check it out!

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