The Wade Center Podcast features interviews and discussions with scholars and figures related to Wade Center and our authors: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams.
Into Lord of the Rings: Book 6, The Return of the King
Before Sam can declare "I'm back," Frodo must destroy the ring and Aragorn must be enthroned. But nailing down the climax of The Return of the King proved challenging for J.R.R. Tolkien. How do you destroy the ring and resolve such an epic adventure that took eleven years to compose? In the sixth and final installment of the Into The Lord of the Rings series, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing, along with Producer Aaron M. Hill, discuss the many partings of The Nine Walkers.
Into Lord of the Rings: Book 5, The Return of the King
In Book V of The Return of the King, Beregond gazes out over Pellenor, realizing that soon, "all realms shall be put to the test, to stand, or fall—under the Shadow." In this fifth installment of our series on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing, along with Producer Aaron M. Hill, explore how each of Tolkien's characters respond to this great test.
Into Lord of the Rings: Book 4, The Two Towers
In a 1944 letter, J.R.R. Tolkien shared his surprise at Faramir's entrance: "I am sure I did not invent him ... , but there he came walking into the woods of Ithilien." In part four of the Wade Center's series on The Lord of the Rings, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing, along with Producer Aaron Hill, uncover allusions, motifs, and deeper meanings as they retrace the lonely and tragic steps of two little hobbits, Frodo and Samwise Gamgee, and their slippery guide, Gollum (or Smeagol) in The Two Towers.
Into Lord of the Rings: Book 3, The Two Towers
In the first half of The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien the Company of the Ring scrambles to interpret strange signs as legends, such as the Ents, stride "on the green earth in the daylight." In part three of our series on The Lord of the Rings, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing unpack the allusions, symbolism, deeper meaning, and significance found in Book III, as well as the story behind new characters such as Treebeard, Grima Wormtongue, Eowyn, Theoden, Eomer, Quickbeam, and Gandalf the White.
Into Lord of the Rings: Book 2, Fellowship of the Ring
In this second installment of the Wade Center Podcast's six-part series on The Lord of the Rings," Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing, along with Producer Aaron M. Hill, dare to delve too deep into the darkening world that is Book II. Follow along as Crystal, Aaron, and David deem the doom of Sauron's ring and discuss the themes, character development, and consequential chapters of the latter half of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy, The Fellowship of the Ring.
Into Lord of the Rings: Book 1, Fellowship of the Ring
The Wade Center Podcast's six-part, in-depth exploration of The Lord of the Rings has arrived precisely when it was meant to—just in time for Tolkien Week and Hobbit Day! In this first installment, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing, along with Producer Aaron M. Hill, discuss many of the major themes, characters, and opening chapters of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novel about Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, and the Company on Nine's legendary quest through Middle-earth to destroy the Ring of Power.
Witty, Encouraging, and Educational
I LOVE this podcast. The hosts have an incredibly witty banter that leaves me chuckling to myself, but I also glean such interesting information from each episode.
Please Stop Insulting Agatha Christie!
It’s wonderful to hear about some of my favorite authors and their works (I especially enjoy any coverage of George MacDonald because he is so often overlooked). But please I am begging you stop insulting Agatha Christie. I get it. Crystal doesn’t like her books. I do. Millions of others do. Please be kinder to her and her work.
I have been impressed with the quality of the hosts, the guests, and the production value of this podcast. I already love all the authors that are the focus of The Wade Center so to have a podcast that dives into a variety of interesting topics about them is a joy. Where else can you hear a whole episode on the handwriting of CSL?! These are my kind of people.