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Speak Friend and Enter Deep Lore: The Valaquenta

Speak Friend and Enter Deep Lore: The Valaquenta

July 30, 2019

In this episode of SFE Deep Lore, we discuss the Valaquenta, or an account of the Valar and Maiar, their domains and skillsets, and their relationships with one another.

Speak Friend and Enter Part 5: It is Precious to me

Speak Friend and Enter Part 5: It is Precious to me

July 23, 2019

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?

Speak Friend and Enter Deep Lore: Furnishing Middle-Earth

Speak Friend and Enter Deep Lore: Furnishing Middle-Earth

July 16, 2019

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.

Speak Friend and Enter Part 4: Party business

Speak Friend and Enter Part 4: Party business

July 9, 2019

In this episode of SFE, we discuss Hobbiton, and our first listener question!

Talking points: What exactly are Sackville-Bagginses? Is Longbottom leaf tobacco or weed? How did Sauron manage to mess up badly enough to allow Isildur to defeat him?

Speak Friend and Enter Deep Lore: The creation of Middle-Earth

Speak Friend and Enter Deep Lore: The creation of Middle-Earth

July 2, 2019

In this first installment of SFE Deep Lore, we discuss Middle-Earth's creation story: the Ainulindalë, or the music of the Ainur.

Check out Evan Palmer's comic version of this story here!

Speak Friend and Enter Part 3: Concerning Hobbits

Speak Friend and Enter Part 3: Concerning Hobbits

June 25, 2019

In this episode of SFE, we begin to scratch the surface of the Shire, in its bucolic tin-whistle glory.

Talking points: How does Gandalf get his scruffy paws on an Elven ring of power? If there's always a Baggins in Bag End, who lives there after Frodo sails to the West? Can we revolutionize Middle-Earth timekeeping in the space of a twenty minute podcast?

Speak Friend and Enter Part 2: History becomes legend

Speak Friend and Enter Part 2: History becomes legend

June 9, 2019

In this episode of SFE, we continue discussing Galadriel's opening monologue from Fellowship of the Ring, diving right in to that pure nerd stuff. 

Talking points: How does Isildur justify the decision not to destroy the one ring? Was Bilbo fated to find the ring in the Misty Mountains? Do any of us have free will, really?

Speak Friend and Enter Part 1: One ring to rule them all

Speak Friend and Enter Part 1: One ring to rule them all

June 8, 2019

In the first episode of SFE, we'll be revisiting Galadriel's opening monologue from Fellowship of the Ring, and clarifying some deep lore that the movies simply didn't have the time to delve into.

Talking points: What or where is Middle-Earth? What do the rings of power actually do? Why didn't the Witch-King of Angmar read the terms of service on the ring Sauron gave him?