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This show examines Tolkien's work from a variety of literary perspectives. We examine Tolkien's lesser known works, his well known novels and his thematic and philosophical preoccupations and sentiments. Please join us!

Reading Tolkien Benjamin Bassett

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This show examines Tolkien's work from a variety of literary perspectives. We examine Tolkien's lesser known works, his well known novels and his thematic and philosophical preoccupations and sentiments. Please join us!

    The Silmarillion Sessions: Chapter 11 - Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor

    The Silmarillion Sessions: Chapter 11 - Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor

    In this minisode I discuss the myth of the Sun and the Moon in The Silmarillion. I jump right into my thoughts so it is recommended that you have read the chapter recently. 

    • 9 min
    The Silmarillion Sessions: Chapter 10 - Of the Sindar

    The Silmarillion Sessions: Chapter 10 - Of the Sindar

    In this episode I discuss the Sindar in Chapter 10 of The Silmarillion, and offer brief thoughts on my recent re-read of The Lord of the Rings.

    • 16 min
    Silmarillion Sessions: Chapter 7, 8 & 9

    Silmarillion Sessions: Chapter 7, 8 & 9

    We discuss Fëanor (somewhat drunkenly!) in this new podcast, our first for 2023! For those who think Fëanor 'did nothing wrong' this is the podcast for you! We defend the great Elf's actions and discuss the bias of The Silmarillion narrator at this part of the story. But did Tolkien intend us to read his 'Bible' in this way! For answers to these and other questions please join us! 
    Find Reading Tolkien on twitter: @PodReading, and on Substack.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Rings of Power discussion: Episodes 1 & 2

    The Rings of Power discussion: Episodes 1 & 2

    Sridhar and Ben discuss the first two episodes of the new Amazon series, The Rings of Power.

    • 35 min
    JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin, and writing morally dubious characters

    JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin, and writing morally dubious characters

    In this episode Sridhar and I discuss the upcoming Amazon show, Rings of Power, and the prequel to Game of Thrones - House of the Dragon. The discussion turns to the variant means by which Tolkien and Martin approach morally dubious characters like Gollum, or the Lannisters. Both of us are unrepentent in our bias to Tolkien, and I frequently argue that much of what is said to constitute Martin’ s genius is done better elsewhere, and frequently with much greater nuance. So, if you’re a Martin fan, you will probably find a lot here to argue with.

    • 2 hr 6 min
    Silmarillion Sessions 2: Chapters 1-4

    Silmarillion Sessions 2: Chapters 1-4

    Join Ben and Sridhar as they discuss Chapters 1-4 of the Quenta Silmarillion. They touch on the nature of the Valar, the status of The Silmarillion as a text within the world of The Lord of the Rings, the various theodicies presented in the text, and the efficacy of mythological vs. theological approaches to the text.

    • 1 hr 2 min

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