In this episode of SFE, we discuss the whereabouts of the lost seeing-stones and the details of Gandalf's imprisonment by Saruman.
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.
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.'
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.
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'?
In this episode of SFE, we discuss the particulars of how the ring affects different people. Talking points: Why doesn't Bilbo have a panic attack meltdown every time he puts on the ring? How far is it from Hobbiton to Rivendell? Why does every ringbearer insist on calling it precious?
In this episode of SFE Deep Lore, we continue talking about the Ainulindalë, the creation myth of Middle-Earth. We already covered Eru and the Ainur singing the world into existence, so now let's get into what they do after they get there.