November 12, 2019
In this episode of SFE Deep Lore, we discuss the fourth chapter of the Silmarillion, and learn about the leaders of one of the most powerful kingdoms of Middle-Earth's elder days, and how falling in love at first sight can seriously sidetrack your plans.
If you're looking for tips on what food to serve at a Lord of the Rings marathon, my gdoc is here.
October 29, 2019
In this episode of SFE, we discuss the oddities of Gandalf's confrontation with Saruman, the origins of Frodo's spidey-sense, and everything you ever wanted to know about Tom Bombadil (but were afraid to ask).
October 15, 2019
In this episode of SFE Deep Lore, we discuss the third chapter of the Silmarillion, and learn of Melkor's defeat at the hands of the Valar, and of the elves' abiding love for two things: categorization, and giving everything multiple names.
October 1, 2019
In this episode of SFE, we discuss the whereabouts of the lost seeing-stones and the details of Gandalf's imprisonment by Saruman.
September 17, 2019
In this episode of SFE Deep Lore, Audrey turns the tables on Leah and asks her to clarify some parts of previous Deep Lore episodes, and gets her mind blown with news of the upcoming Amazon Tolkien series.
September 3, 2019
In this episode of SFE, we discuss the pre-visualization process of filming Lord of the Rings, and the story behind Saruman's general dickishness.
August 27, 2019
In this episode of SFE Deep Lore, we discuss the second chapter of the Silmarillion, and learn how dwarves came to be the unwanted stepchildren of Middle-Earth.
August 20, 2019
In this episode of SFE, we discuss the complex nature of Frodo's relationship with Sam, how Frodo leaves Hobbiton without attracting notice, and the distinction between wood elves and high elves.
The Tolkien Professor's discussion of master-servant relationships in Lord of the Rings is the second discussion on this page, 'On Masters and Servants.'
August 13, 2019
In this episode of SFE Deep Lore, we discuss the first chapter of the Silmarillion proper, and learn how the Valar shape Arda in its earliest days - and, after 9 episodes of allusions to it, we finally learn what the two trees of Valinor are, and a little of why they are so important.
August 6, 2019
In this episode of SFE, we discuss the aftermath of Bilbo's birthday party, and Gandalf's search for answers about the ring.
Talking points: How long does it take for Gandalf to ride to Minas Tirith and back for answers? What does it mean that Frodo is Pippin's first cousin twice removed? How much can we overthink the phrase 'Riddles in the Dark'?