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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!

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 9

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 9

    Join Corey and Maggie as they discuss their whirlwind trip to London for Amazon Prime Video's Sneak Peek Rings of Power experience!


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 9,
    recorded on May 10, 2022


    What Corey and Maggie are talking about, you can find out some of the atmosphere of the event from the OneRing.net article by Justin Sewell here, https://www.theonering.net/torwp/2022...
    and from the Tolkien Guide's post here.
    https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/...


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


    Other Minds and Hands takes place (almost) every week at 4 pm US Eastern, Wednesday,
    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...


    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 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.


    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/


    Events https://signumuniversity.org/event/
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    • 1 hr 54 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 8

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 8

    Today we are joined by the Voice of Geekdom, to talk about the idea of "canon".


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 8,
    recorded on April 20, 2022


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


    Episode guest: Voice of Geekdom
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/VoiceofGeekdom
    Twitter https://twitter.com/VoiceOfGeek


    Other Minds and Hands takes place (almost) every week at 4 pm US Eastern, Wednesday,
    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...


    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 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.


    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/


    Events https://signumuniversity.org/event/
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 1 hr 42 min
    SilmFilm 6-09: Beren and Lúthien – Part 3

    SilmFilm 6-09: Beren and Lúthien – Part 3

    Tonight: How many dogfights do we really want to do in one episode? And how do we depict the dynamics of Beren and Luthien's relationship at this stage?
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    • 2 hr 21 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 6

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 6

    Today we are joined by Tolkien scholar Robin Reid, to discuss different approaches to talking about race in Tolkien.


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 6,
    recorded on April 6, 2022


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


    Episode guest:
    Dr. Robin Anne Reid
    Dreamwidth journal:
    https://tolkien-on-the-web.dreamwidth...
    Her journal in Dreamwidth: https://ithiliana.dreamwidth.org/
    Her open-access scholarship relating to the issues of race that might be of interest: arising out of the Racefail '09 events were an early attempt at a theme issue on race and fandom: https://journal.transformativeworks.o...
    She has published several things with Journal of Tolkien Research--the most recent being on a work of fanfiction
    https://scholar.valpo.edu/journalofto...
    And here are her four publications there: https://scholar.valpo.edu/do/search/?...


    Other Minds and Hands takes place (almost) every week at 4 pm US Eastern, Wednesday,
    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...


    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 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.


    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/


    Events https://signumuniversity.org/event/
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 7

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 7

    Today we will think through the Elvish political situation in Eriador in the Second Age, considering the opportunities and challenges that the Rings of Power show faces.


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 7,
    recorded on April 13, 2022


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


    Other Minds and Hands takes place (almost) every week at 4 pm US Eastern, Wednesday,
    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...


    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 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.


    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/


    Events https://signumuniversity.org/event/
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 1 hr 54 min
    SilmFilm 6-08: Beren and Lúthien – Part 2

    SilmFilm 6-08: Beren and Lúthien – Part 2

    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 2 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
130 Ratings

130 Ratings

jboss001 ,

Tolkien geeks

Amazing podcast for all Tolkien geeks!

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!

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