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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!

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    • 4.8 • 95 Ratings

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 5-29: Culture of the Edain

    SilmFilm 5-29: Culture of the Edain

    In which we diffuse the tension by asking about other Ring-related options.
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    • 2 hr 7 min
    SilmFIlm 5-28: Season 5 Episode 6

    SilmFIlm 5-28: Season 5 Episode 6

    In which we discuss the outline of Episode 6, in which Rhogrin escapes from Angband and Haleth meets Tevildo.
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    • 2 hr 2 min
    SilmFilm 5-27: Season 5 Episode 5 (cont'd), Elves vs Men (cont'd)

    SilmFilm 5-27: Season 5 Episode 5 (cont'd), Elves vs Men (cont'd)

    In which we discuss Haleth among the giant spiders, Gandalf in Harad, and more about the differences between Elves and Men.
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    • 2 hr 10 min
    SilmFilm 5-26: Season 5 Episode 5

    SilmFilm 5-26: Season 5 Episode 5

    Episode 5 tonight -- Let's talk about the unfriendship of the Green Elves (not to mention the Grey!).
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    • 1 hr 56 min
    SilmFilm 5-25: HARAD - Culture and Frame Story

    SilmFilm 5-25: HARAD - Culture and Frame Story

    Tonight: Harad! Let's do some world-building and figuring out what Harad is like (or one corner of it, anyway).
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    • 1 hr 54 min
    SilmFilm 5-24: Season 5, Episode 4

    SilmFilm 5-24: Season 5, Episode 4

    Tonight we discuss the script for Episode 4: the battle at the Stockade, and the emergence of Haleth!
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    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Haru Otaku ,

Best Tolkien related podcast out there

I have been following Corey since late 2010; when it was just the Tolkien professor podcast. Now, I am still listening to most of the podcasts that signum and Mythgard Academy are producing, and attending mythmoot live as often as I can.
Very well informed and in depth reading of Tolkien works and related fantasy literature. I think it may be the best material the casual fan can find today, besides the published works. Highly recommend. Oh, and very good chances or participation.
Excellent literary analysis by the professor, as well as commentaries from various listeners.

Listener01010101010 ,

Loosing your way with Exploring Lord of the Rings

Been a listener for several years and I love Dr. Olsen. However I am struggling to stay interested in exploring lord of the rings. The lessons are wading so deep into the minutia of language and hyper-analyzing Tolkien’s every intention and thought, that the story itself is just getting lost. As much as I love a deep dive, I feel strongly that this past year or so you have been missing the forest for the trees. Please consider stepping back just a tad so that people who aren’t Signum students can appreciate the course - because honestly it feels like a person needs a PhD to stay abreast of the conversation. I say it with love and respect!

horgar ,

Self-Indulgent

This was a 5-star podcast for years. The self-indulgent nature of what Exploring Lord of the Rings though has become a complete turn-off. It is so boring I can't even listenn to it. When I do give it a cgance it seems to be in the same place it was the last time. Sometime with a month of missed podcasts between it. I sty subscribed for the occasional other things that cross the feed. There is detailed and there is self-indulgent to a small handful. I hope they enjoy it without me.

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