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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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    • 4.7 • 202 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 7-10: Nirnaeth Arnoediad

    SilmFilm 7-10: Nirnaeth Arnoediad

    Having planned the outline of Season 7, it is now time to think in a little more detail about the last quarter of the season: the Battle itself.


    Join us on the Signum University Discord server: https://discord.com/invite/szXMFAv
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 2 hr 37 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 70

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 70

    Today Maggie and Corey return to Tolkien in order to begin looking more carefully at the act of translation being done in the process of the conversion from book to film.


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 70,
    recorded on April 8, 2024.


    Join us on Mondays at 4:30 PM ET,
    on this SignumU Youtube channel / signumuniversity
    and SignumU Twitch channel / signumu
    Check the schedule here. / schedule
    For more information https://mythgard.org/miscellany/
    You can watch or listen to the recordings here.
    • Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Fr...
    https://tolkienprof.fireside.fm/subsc...


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


    Join us on the Signum University Discord server: https://discord.com/invite/szXMFAv


    Follow our Twitter accounts for updates:
    Corey Olsen, Tolkien Professor / tolkienprof
    Signum University / signumu
    Mythgard Institute / mythgardian


    Rings and Realms: / ringsandrealms
    Corey and Maggie did a weekly analysis of Prime Video's epic adaptation of Tolkien’s mythos. Presented by Signum University and Studio Lab.
    audio-only version recordings (podcast) https://ringsandrealms.fireside.fm/


    Want to dive deeper into Tolkien's world?
    Corey 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. / 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 (and Stephen Colbert's favorite https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... ) 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.


    For those who feel reading the Silmarillion for the first time is a bit daunting.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Corey walks you through The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and even the volumes of History of Middle-earth series on his Mythgard Academy series.
    https://mythgard.org/academy/


    And here are more links if you dare.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Want more fan/fun gatherings? Check our news and events page for moots (in-person and virtual) and online events. https://signumuniversity.org/news-and...


    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
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 69

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 69

    Maggie and Corey make a brief return to Arrakis this evening, joined once more by our resident Dune experts, Dom Nardi and Trevor Brierly


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 69,
    recorded on April 1, 2024.


    Join us on Mondays at 4:30 PM ET,
    on this SignumU Youtube channel / signumuniversity
    and SignumU Twitch channel / signumu
    Check the schedule here. / schedule
    For more information https://mythgard.org/miscellany/
    You can watch or listen to the recordings here.
    • Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Fr...
    https://tolkienprof.fireside.fm/subsc...


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


    Episode guest:
    Dom Nardi
    Trevor Brierly
    / dunescholars
    Discovering Dune https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/di...
    / 61896505


    Join us on the Signum University Discord server: / discord


    Follow our Twitter accounts for updates:
    Corey Olsen, Tolkien Professor / tolkienprof
    Signum University / signumu
    Mythgard Institute / mythgardian


    Rings and Realms: / ringsandrealms
    Corey and Maggie did a weekly analysis of Prime Video's epic adaptation of Tolkien’s mythos. Presented by Signum University and Studio Lab.
    audio-only version recordings (podcast) https://ringsandrealms.fireside.fm/


    Want to dive deeper into Tolkien's world?
    Corey 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. / 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 (and Stephen Colbert's favorite https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... ) 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.


    For those who feel reading the Silmarillion for the first time is a bit daunting.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Corey walks you through The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and even the volumes of History of Middle-earth series on his Mythgard Academy series.
    https://mythgard.org/academy/


    And here are more links if you dare.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Want more fan/fun gatherings? Check our news and events page for moots (in-person and virtual) and online events. https://signumuniversity.org/news-and...


    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
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 68

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 68

    Happy Gondorian New Year! Corey and Maggie celebrate the day with a discussion of their discussion of the adaptation of the Prologue to the Lord of the Rings.


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 68,
    recorded on March 25, 2024.


    Join us on Mondays at 4:30 PM ET,
    on this SignumU Youtube channel / signumuniversity
    and SignumU Twitch channel / signumu
    Check the schedule here. / schedule
    For more information https://mythgard.org/miscellany/
    You can watch or listen to the recordings here.
    • Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Fr...
    https://tolkienprof.fireside.fm/subsc...


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


    Episode guest:
    Ben Davis, from Studio Lab
    Studio Lab / studiolabnh
    Rings and Realms: / ringsandrealms


    Join us on the Signum University Discord server: / discord


    Follow our Twitter accounts for updates:
    Corey Olsen, Tolkien Professor / tolkienprof
    Signum University / signumu
    Mythgard Institute / mythgardian


    Rings and Realms: / ringsandrealms
    Corey and Maggie did a weekly analysis of Prime Video's epic adaptation of Tolkien’s mythos. Presented by Signum University and Studio Lab.
    audio-only version recordings (podcast) https://ringsandrealms.fireside.fm/


    Want to dive deeper into Tolkien's world?
    Corey 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. / 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 (and Stephen Colbert's favorite https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... ) 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.


    For those who feel reading the Silmarillion for the first time is a bit daunting.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Corey walks you through The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and even the volumes of History of Middle-earth series on his Mythgard Academy series.
    https://mythgard.org/academy/


    And here are more links if you dare.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Want more fan/fun gatherings? Check our news and events page for moots (in-person and virtual) and online events. https://signumuniversity.org/news-and...


    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
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 49 min
    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 67

    Other Minds and Hands, Episode 67

    Maggie and Corey turn from Arrakis and return to their Children's Lit Adaptation sub-theme with Peter Pan.


    Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Friendly Discussion of Tolkien Adaptation, Episode 67,
    recorded on March 18 2024.


    Join us on Mondays at 4:30 PM ET,
    on this SignumU Youtube channel / signumuniversity
    and SignumU Twitch channel / signumu
    Check the schedule here. / schedule
    For more information https://mythgard.org/miscellany/
    You can watch or listen to the recordings here.
    • Other Minds and Hands: An Open and Fr...
    https://tolkienprof.fireside.fm/subsc...


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


    Join us on the Signum University Discord server: https://discord.com/invite/szXMFAv


    Follow our Twitter accounts for updates:
    Corey Olsen, Tolkien Professor / tolkienprof
    Signum University / signumu
    Mythgard Institute / mythgardian


    Rings and Realms: / ringsandrealms
    Corey and Maggie did a weekly analysis of Prime Video's epic adaptation of Tolkien’s mythos. Presented by Signum University and Studio Lab.
    audio-only version recordings (podcast) https://ringsandrealms.fireside.fm/


    Want to dive deeper into Tolkien's world?
    Corey 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. / 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 (and Stephen Colbert's favorite https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2... ) 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.


    For those who feel reading the Silmarillion for the first time is a bit daunting.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Corey walks you through The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and even the volumes of History of Middle-earth series on his Mythgard Academy series.
    https://mythgard.org/academy/


    And here are more links if you dare.
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...
    https://tolkienprofessor.com/lectures...


    Want more fan/fun gatherings? Check our news and events page for moots (in-person and virtual) and online events. https://signumuniversity.org/news-and...


    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
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 1 hr 25 min
    SilmFilm 7-09: Season Outline

    SilmFilm 7-09: Season Outline

    It's time to outline Season 7! Let's make a plan.
    Support The Tolkien Professor

    • 2 hr 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
202 Ratings

202 Ratings

Man of Cambridgeshire ,

Surprisingly entertaining

“Other Minds and Hands” should be so boring. Can’t quite figure out why it isn’t.

Sheri M B ,

Wish I had known about this podcast before this year!

What a refreshing concept! Instead of opinions and unsubstantiated drivel, this is a truly intellectual and analytical discussion about works from a creative standpoint that allows for thought, understanding, wondering, and possibles without being pretentious or patronizing.

Shadwell von Bernstein ,

Sorry not enjoyable to listen to

Often an uncontrolled firehose of poorly connected concepts and ideas via a delivery that is not engaging or entertaining. Perhaps the professor should study Tolkien as a story teller?

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