Athrabeth

Jude Vais & Stef Midlock

Athrabeth is a monthly podcast that invites you down the lesser trod paths of Tolkien's Legendarium. Each episode we pick a single chapter, essay, fragment, or topic, and do a deep dive, exploring it as both fans and scholars.

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Athrabeth is produced by James Pierson. James can be found on twitter @jpiersonCitationsJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor"J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earthJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Four. Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth”

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Nov 3

1 hr 3 min

The One Ring role playing game by Free League: https://freeleaguepublishing.com/en/games/the-one-ring/Cast:Lore Master: James PiersonOzzie Oiolaire: Zeke PeaseIadar Listbalarion: Jude VaisPumpkins Proudfoot: Stef MidlockTitle music is “Lord of the Devil Rings” by Ponymusic, courtesy of Pond5Soundscapes provided by Tabletop Audio, https://tabletopaudio.comAdditional Music and sound effects licensed from soundstripe, https://www.soundstripe.com  Support Zeke and check out the The Greenville Arms 1889 Inn! https://www.greenvillearms.com

Oct 31

3 hr 25 min

CitationsTolkien, J. R. R., The Nature of Middle-earth. Ed. Carl F Hostetter. HarperCollinsPublishers. 2021.Tolkien Gateway entry for “Carl F. Hostetter” (Accessed Sept 23, 2021)http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Carl_F._HostetterTolkien Gateway entry for “Elvish Linguistic Fellowship” (Accessed Sept 23, 2021)http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Elvish_Linguistic_FellowshipTolkien Society Autumn Seminar, “Translating and Illustrating Tolkien”https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/tolkien-society-autumn-seminar/ (Accessed Sept 25, 2021)November 6, 2021. Online and free!

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Oct 6

1 hr 12 min

CitationsTranslated by J. R. R. Tolkien. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo. London:Allen & Unwin, 1975. (eBook published Nov 8, 2018) Alliance of Arda facebook page, Accessed September 6, 2021https://www.facebook.com/allianceofardaTolkien Gateway “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” Accessed March 10, 2020. http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_Knight_(edition) Wikipedia “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” Accessed March 10, 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_KnightWikipedia “Tower of Silence” entry, Accessed September 4, 2021https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Silence 

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Sep 8

1 hr 9 min

 ReferencesInterested in Tolkien Studies? You too can end up with a bunch of weird theories about elf society! Check out Mythgard Institute: https://mythgard.orgSourcesTolkien Gateway “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” Accessed March 10, 2020. http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_Knight_(edition) Wikipedia “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” Accessed March 10, 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_Knight Wikipedia “Cotton Library” Accessed April 22, 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_library Garth, John. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. Print. Rpt. Mariner Books, 2005. Print. “Galadriel and Morgan Le Fey: Tolkien’s Redemption of the Lady of the Lacuna” by Susan Carter published in Mythlore Vol 25 Number 3/4 (spring-summer 2007). JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, HaperCollins e-books.  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: an introduction by Simon Armitage, Published Jan 31, 2018, https://www.bl.uk/medieval-literature/articles/sir-gawain-and-the-green-knight-an-introduction (Accessed April 22, 2020). BBC Documentary:” Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”https://youtu.be/74glI1lg1CQ (Accessed April 20, 2020)Gawain and the Green Knight 1973 moviehttps://youtu.be/fBEv8xjBJf8 (Accessed April 23, 2020)Emily Cheeseman’s Gawain and the Green Knight:http://emilycheeseman.com/greenknight/ (Accessed April 23, 2020)

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Sep 1

1 hr 7 min

Athrabeth is produced by James Pierson. James can be found on twitter @jpierson"The Sundering of the Elves" as mapped in the Silmarillion: https://i.imgur.com/uIVL8ws.pngThe Tolkien Society Seminar has posted the recording from their "Tolkien and Diversity" seminar to youtube, and you can find all the links on their site here: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2021/07/recordings-of-tolkien-and-diversity-seminar-now-available/CitationsLetter 211J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and EldarJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix: The legend of the - Awakening of the Quendi (Cuivienyarna)"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix B: The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves"J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of the Elves"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Thingol and Melian"J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"

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Aug 4

1 hr

Athrabeth is produced by James Pierson. James can be found on twitter @jpiersonThe Tolkien Society Summer Seminar: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/tolkien-society-summer-seminar/CitationsBooks:Oluo, Ijeoma. 2019. So You Want to Talk about Race. Seattle, WA: Seal Press.Websites:The Association of Ramaytush Ohlonehttps://www.ramaytush.org/Accessed June 30, 2021Michigan State University, Native American Institute, “Guide to Land Acknowledgements”https://www.canr.msu.edu/nai/about/land-acknowledgements  Accessed June 30, 2021Native Governance Center, “A guide to Indigenous land acknowledgement”https://nativegov.org/a-guide-to-indigenous-land-acknowledgment/Accessed June 30, 2021Native Land Digitalhttps://native-land.ca  Accessed June 30, 2021Mills, Selena, “What are land acknowledgements and why do they matter?Posted on Local Love on March 18, 2019https://locallove.ca/issues/what-are-land-acknowledgements-and-why-do-they-matter/#.YN4CHW5lCisAccessed July 1, 2021Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahomahttps://peoriatribe.com/#Accessed June 30, 2021The Tolkien Societyhttps://www.tolkiensociety.org/Accessed July 4, 2021Socials: @TolkienSocietyThe Tolkien Society- Oxonmoot 2021https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/oxonmoot-2021/Accessed July 5, 2021Tolkien Society Summer Seminar 2021Presentations discussed in this episode:Saturday, July 3, 2021 (listed in order of appearance)Gondor in Transition: A Brief Introduction to Transgender Realities in The Lord of the RingsBy Cordeliah LogsdonTwitter: @cordeliah_g00:15:45The Problem of Pain: Portraying Physical Disability in the Fantasy of J. R. R. TolkienBy Clare MooreTwitter: @claremoore91400:17:26“The Burnt Hand Teaches Most About Fire”: Applying Traumatic Stress and Ecological Frameworks to Narratives of Displacement and Resettlement Across Cultures in Tolkien’s Middle-earthBy V. Elizabeth KingTwitter: @VElizabeth_King00:20:48The Invisible Other: Tolkien’s Dwarf-Women and the ‘Feminine Lack’By Dr. Sara BrownTwitter: @AranelParmadil00:25:52Projecting Indian Myths, Culture and History onto Tolkien’s WorldsBy Sultana RazaWebsite: https://sultanaraza.wordpress.com00:29:22The Lossoth: Indigeneity, Identity, and AntiracismBy Nicholas BirnsTwitter: @nicholasbirns00:31:28The Problematic Perimeters of Elrond Half-elven and Ronald English-CatholicBy Kristine LarsenWebsite: https://kristinelarsen.academia.edu00:33:48Hearkening to the Other: Athrabeth Finrod ah AndrethBy Cami AganWebsite: https://www.oc.edu/directory/cami-agan-ph-d00:37:05Sunday, July 4, 2021 (listed in order of appearance)Pardoning Saruman?: The Queer in Tolkien’s The Lord of the RingsBy Christopher VaccaroWebsite: https://www.uvm.edu/cas/english/profiles/chris\_vaccaro00:39:43Desire of the Ring: An Indian Academic’s Adventures in her Quest for the Perilous RealmBy Sonali Chunodkar00:42:16Queer Atheists, Agnostics, and Animists, Oh, My!By Robin ReidWebsite: https://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/humanitiessocialsciencesarts/departments/literatureLanguages/ostl/labPersonnel/rReid.aspx00:44:38Hidden Visions: Iconographies of Alterity in Soviet Bloc Illustrations for The Lord of the RingsBy Joel MerrinerTwitter: @JoelMerriner00:46:50Questions of Caste in The Lord of the Rings and its Multiple Chinese TranslationsBy Eric ReindersWebsite: http://religion.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/reinders-eric.html00:50:48Stars Less Strange: An Analysis of Fanfiction and Representation within the Tolkien Fan CommunityBy Dawn Walls-ThummaTwitter: @DawnFelagundWebsite: http://dawnfelagund.com00:53:01“Something Mighty Queer”: Destabilizing Cishetero Amatonormativity in the Works of TolkienBy Danna Petersen-Deeprose00:56:24Translation as a means of representation and diversity in Tolkien’s scholarship and fandomBy Martha Celis-Menzoda1:00:00

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Jul 7

1 hr 6 min

Episode NotesAthrabeth is produced by James Pierson. James can be found on twitter @jpiersonThe Tolkien Society Summer Seminar: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/tolkien-society-summer-seminar/CitationsJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, pp. 71, 141 160J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entries "ANÁR" and "RÎ"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Index: Star-names", p. 435Kristine Larsen, "A Definitive Identification of Tolkien’s `Borgil': An Astronomical and Literary Approach" in Tolkien Studies, vol. 2 (pp. 161–170), West Virginia University Press, 20053.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, pp. 5-31J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I, p. 255J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 43J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 24https://www.forodrim.org/daeron/md_astro.html

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Jun 2

1 hr 2 min

Athrabeth is produced by James Pierson. James can be found on twitter @jpiersonCitationsTolkien, J. R. R., Carpenter, H., & Tolkien, C. The letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1981.Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings. HarperCollins, 1991.Tolkien, J. R. R. Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. New York: The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1988. Print.Shippey, Tom. J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. Boston :Houghton Mifflin, 2001.From Bosworth Toller’s Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online: https://bosworthtoller.com-Bosworth, Joseph. “an-leofa.” In An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online, edited by Thomas Northcote Toller, Christ Sean, and Ondřej Tichy. Prague: Faculty of Arts, Charles University, 2014. https://bosworthtoller.com/1886. (Accessed 4/24/2021)-Bosworth, Joseph. “bí-leofa.” In An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online, edited by Thomas Northcote Toller, Christ Sean, and Ondřej Tichy. Prague: Faculty of Arts, Charles University, 2014. https://bosworthtoller.com/40352. (Accessed 4/24/2021)-Bosworth, Joseph. “brytta.” In An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online, edited by Thomas Northcote Toller, Christ Sean, and Ondřej Tichy. Prague: Faculty of Arts, Charles University, 2014. https://bosworthtoller.com/5352. (Accessed 4/24/2021)-Bosworth, Joseph. “-leofa.” In An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online, edited by Thomas Northcote Toller, Christ Sean, and Ondřej Tichy. Prague: Faculty of Arts, Charles University, 2014. https://bosworthtoller.com/54509. (Accessed 4/24/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry for “Balchoth”http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Balchoth (Accessed 4/16/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry for “Brego”http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Brego (Accessed 4/16/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry for “Brytta”http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Brytta (Accessed 4/24/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry for “Dol Guldur”http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Dol_Guldur (Accessed 4/16/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry for “Dunlendings”http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Dunlendings (Accessed 4/24/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry for “Eorl”http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Eorl (Accessed 4/16/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry for “Horn of the Mark”http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Horn_of_the_Mark 9Accessed 4/16/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry for “The Wold”http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/The_Wold (Accessed 4/16/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry for “Thengel”http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Thengel (Accessed 4/24/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry for “War of the Dwarves and Orcs”http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/War_of_the_Dwarves_and_Orcs 9Accessed 4/24/2021)

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May 5

1 hr 16 min

Today’s episode was produced by James Pierson. James can be found on titter @jpiersonCitationsTolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings. HarperCollins, 1991.Tolkien, J. R. R. Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. New York: The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1988. Print.Part Three, Section 2 “Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan”Tolkien Gateway entry “Amon Anwar”http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Amon_Anwar (Accessed 3/19/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry “Calimehtar”http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Calimehtar_(King_of_Gondor) (Accessed 3/18/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry “Cirion”http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Cirion (Accessed 3/19/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry “Eorl”http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Eorl (Accessed 3/17/21)Tolkien Gateway entry “Éothéod”http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Éothéod (Accessed 3/19/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry “Field of Celebrant”http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Field_of_Celebrant (Accessed 3/18/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry “Northmen”http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Northmen (Accessed 3/18/21)Tolkien Gateway entry “Rohan”http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Rohan (Accessed 3/17/21)Tolkien Gateway entry “Rhovanion”http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Rhovanion (Accessed 3/18/2021)Tolkien Gateway entry “Wainriders”http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Wainriders (Accessed 3/18/21)RecommendedNerd of the Rings YouTube videos about the ancient history of Rohan-“The Éothéod - Ancestors Of Rohan | Tolkien Explained”Published to YouTube on October 2, 2020 (Accessed 3/19/2021)https://youtu.be/S-_1mTkqGaQ“Eorl the Young: Founder of Rohan | Tolkien Explained”Published on YouTube on October 9, 2020 (Accessed 3/19/2021)https://youtu.be/c2EHaA44CRw

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Apr 7

1 hr 14 min

Today’s episode was produced by James Pierson. James can be found on titter @jpiersonCitationsForchhammer, T. (2015). On Tolkien’s Notes on “Fate and Free Will”. Retrieved 2021, from http://www.scififantasynetwork.com/on-tolkiens-notes-on-fate-and-free-will/Tolkien, J. (2009). Notes and Documents, Fate and Free Will (C. F. Hostetter, Ed.). Tolkien Studies, 6, 183-188.Flieger, V. (2009). The Music and the Task: Fate and Free Will in Middle-earth. Tolkien Studies, 6, 151-182.Tolkien, J.R.R., Tolkien, Christopher (ed.). Morgoth’s Ring. London: HarperCollins, 1994.Tolkien, J.R.R., Tolkien, Christopher (ed.). The Silmarillion. Houghton Mifflin CompanyBook mentioned by jude: Flame Imperishable by Jonathan S. McIntosh

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Mar 3

1 hr 11 min

Episode NotesCitationsTolkien, J.R.R. Morgoth’s Ring. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993.Rutledge, A. A. (2012). “Justice is not Healing”: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Pauline Constructs in “Finwë and Míriel”. Tolkien Studies, 9, 59-73.episode produced by James Pierson.

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Feb 3

49 min 25 sec

CitationsTolkien, J.R.R. Morgoth’s Ring. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993.Larsen, Kristine. “The Power of Pity and Tears: The Evolution of Nienna in the Legendarium.” Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie A. Donovan. Mythopoeic Press, 2015, pp. 189- 203 episode produced by James Pierson.

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Jan 6

48 min

Join Athrabeth's Discord!Citationse-BooksTolkien, J.R.R.-–. The Lord of the Rings. HarperCollins e-books–. The Hobbit. HarperCollins e-books–. The Unfinished Tales. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt–. The Silmarillion. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt–. The Tale of the Children of Húrin. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin HarcourtBooksTolkien, J.R.R. Morgoth’s Ring. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993.WebsitesHenneth-Annun Story Archive entry for Dragon-Helm of Dor-Lóminhttp://www.henneth-annun.net/things_view.cfm?thid=86 (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Henneth-Annun Story Archive entry for Merry’s Silver Horn: http://www.henneth-annun.net/things_view.cfm?thid=173 (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Andúril: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Andúril (Accessed Nov 28.2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Celeborn (White Tree): http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Celeborn_(White_Tree)(Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Dragon-helm_of_Dor-lómin (Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Elfstone: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Elfstone (Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Eorl: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Eorl (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Glamdring http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Glamdring (Accessed Nov 30, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Galathilion: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Galathilion (Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Horn of the Mark: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Horn_of_the_Mark (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Horn-call of Buckland: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Horn-call_of_Buckland(Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Hurín: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Húrin (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Mithril: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Mithril (Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Narsil: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Narsil (Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Tolkien gateway entry for Narya: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Narya  (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Nauglamír: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Silmaril (Accessed Nov 29 2020)Tolkien gateway entry for Nenya: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Nenya  (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Nimloth (Tree): http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Nimloth_of_Númenor (Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Tolkien Gateway Entry for Palantíri: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Palant%C3%ADri (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Ring of Barahir: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Ring_of_Barahir (Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Tolkien gateway entry for Silmarils: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Silmarils (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Sting: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Sting (Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Telperion: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Telperion (Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for Thingol: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Thingol (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien gateway entry for Vilya: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Vilya  (Accessed Nov 29, 2020)Tolkien Gateway entry for White Tree of Gondor: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/White_Tree_of_Gondor(Accessed Nov 28, 2020)Response to Reddit post “Regarding the lineage of Nimloth” by user hazysummersky, 5 years ago https://www.reddit.com/r/tolkienfans/comments/3b0lz4/regarding_the_lineage_of_nimloth_tree_not_elf/(accessed Nov 28 2020)

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Dec 2020

1 hr 33 min

Join Athrabeth's Discord!Sources-  J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part 1- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "The Later Quenta Silmarillion", Part 2 The Second Phase IV "Later Versions of the Story of Finwë and Míriel"- Walls-Thumma, Dawn M. (2016) "Attainable Vistas: Historical Bias in Tolkien's Legendarium as a Motive for Transformative Fanworks," Journal of Tolkien Research: Vol. 3 : Iss. 3 , Article 3. Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol3/iss3/3- The Chroniclers of Arda By Måns Björkman- Stages and Logic of the fictitious tradition of Tolkien’s Legendarium (Red Book of Westmarch)- Amanye Tenceli   

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Nov 2020

1 hr 7 min

Adventures in Middle-earth role playing game by Cubicle 7: https://www.cubicle7games.com/adventures-in-middle-earth/Cast:Lore Master: James PiersonTheo Fleetfoot: Max JimenezFortinbras Knoakes: Jude VaisPumpkins Proudfoot: Stef MidlockTitle music: “Lord of the Devil Rings” by Ponymusic, courtesy of Pond5Soundscapes provided by Tabletop Audio, https://tabletopaudio.comAdditional Music and sound effects licensed from soundstripe, https://www.soundstripe.com

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Oct 2020

2 hr 28 min

Join Athrabeth's Discord!Tolkien CommunityThe Alliance of Ardahttps://allianceofarda.org/https://twitter.com/allianceofardaOxonmoot Onlinehttps://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/oxonmoot-online/CitationsMichael Martinez, "What is the Literal Translation of Úlairi?" dated 15 August 2014, middle-earth.xenite.orgH. Carpenter and C. Tolkien (Eds.), The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin (letters 26, 211, 214)J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, book 1 ch 3J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Treason of isengardShippey, Tom (2005) [1982]. The Road to Middle-Earth (Third ed.). HarperCollins. pp 242-243J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished TalesJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabeth" 

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Oct 2020

1 hr 13 min

Join Athrabeth's Discord!Sources- H. Carpenter and C. Tolkien (Eds.), The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin (letter 214)- http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/1176-beyond-birthdays-letter-214.php (accessed 8/25/2020)- “Hobbits and Museums” by Sandra Bishop Source: Culna, Volume 2002, Issue 57, Dec 2002, p. 03 - 04 © Publisher: National Museum Persistent Link : https://hdl.handle.net/10520/AJA10162275\_536 (Accessed August 28, 2020)- The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien.

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Sep 2020

49 min 33 sec

Episode NotesJoin Athrabeth's Discord!SourcesElyanna's (@itariilles on twitter) post: https://itariilles.tumblr.com/post/621530027851415552/my-statement-on-tolkien-2019-it-has-been Research into Tolkien & Dungeons and Dragons:https://www.theguardian.com/film/2001/dec/14/lordoftherings.jrrtolkienhttp://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2015/01/gaming-battle-of-five-armies.htmlhttps://www.quora.com/To-what-extent-is-Dungeons-and-Dragons-influenced-by-Tolkiens-works- H. Carpenter and C. Tolkien (Eds.), The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin (letters 13,202) Tolkien RPGS:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Middle-earth_role-playing_games Accessed July 11, 2020https://www.cubicle7games.com/unexpected-tor2-update/ Accessed July 11, 2020https://sophisticated-games.com/about/ Accessed July 11, 2020 

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Aug 2020

1 hr 10 min

Join Athrabeth's Discord!Sources- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion- Kane, Douglas C. (2008) "Reconstructing Arda: Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor," Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 27 : No. 1, Article 4.Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol27/iss1/4- Walls-Thumma, Dawn M. (2016) "Attainable Vistas: Historical Bias in Tolkien's Legendarium as a Motive for Transformative Fanworks," Journal of Tolkien Research: Vol. 3 : Iss. 3 , Article 3. Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol3/iss3/3- Retrieved from Dawn’s blog post titled: “The Deaths of Kings: Historical Bias in the Death Scenes of Fëanor and Fingolfin” found at: http://dawnfelagund.com/node/8

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Jul 2020

57 min 36 sec

Join Athrabeth's Discord!Episode 23 mixed by James Pierson (@jpierson)Sources- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. Appendix A “Gondor and the heirs of Anarion”- H. Carpenter and C. Tolkien (Eds.), The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin (letters 66, 163, 180, 244)- Carter, Steven Brett (2012) "Faramir and the Heroic Ideal of the Twentieth Century; or, How Aragorn Died at the Somme," Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 30 : No. 3 , Article 6. Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol30/iss3/6

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Jun 2020

46 min 24 sec

Join Athrabeth's Discord!Episode 22 art is by Amanda MacFarlaneInstagram:@theanimatedlifeTwitter: @theanimatedlifeCheck out her Patreon and Etsy store for more Tolkien goodness!ReferencesInterested in Tolkien Studies? You too can end up with a bunch of weird theories about elf society! Check out Mythgard Institute: https://mythgard.orgSourcesTolkien Gateway “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” Accessed March 10, 2020. http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_Knight_(edition) Wikipedia “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” Accessed March 10, 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_Knight Wikipedia “Cotton Library” Accessed April 22, 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_library Garth, John. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. Print. Rpt. Mariner Books, 2005. Print. “Galadriel and Morgan Le Fey: Tolkien’s Redemption of the Lady of the Lacuna” by Susan Carter published in Mythlore Vol 25 Number 3/4 (spring-summer 2007). JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, HaperCollins e-books.  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: an introduction by Simon Armitage, Published Jan 31, 2018, https://www.bl.uk/medieval-literature/articles/sir-gawain-and-the-green-knight-an-introduction (Accessed April 22, 2020).  BBC Documentary:” Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”https://youtu.be/74glI1lg1CQ (Accessed April 20, 2020)Gawain and the Green Knight 1973 moviehttps://youtu.be/fBEv8xjBJf8 (Accessed April 23, 2020) Emily Cheeseman’s Gawain and the Green Knight:http://emilycheeseman.com/greenknight/ (Accessed April 23, 2020)

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May 2020

1 hr 17 min

Join Athrabeth's Discord!ReferencesInterested in Tolkien Studies? You too can end up with a bunch of weird theories about elf society! Check out Mythgard Institute: https://mythgard.orgSources- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix: The legend of the Awaking of the Quendi (Cuivienyarna)"- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. Appendix A “Annals of the Kings and Rulers”- H. Carpenter and C. Tolkien (Eds.), The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin

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Apr 2020

1 hr 4 min

Join Athrabeth's Discord!Episode 20 was produced by James Pierson. He can be found on Twitter @jpiersonReferencesInterested in Tolkien Studies? Check out Mythgard Institute: https://mythgard.orgDo you Enjoy table top role playing games? Check out Descent into Midnight! Their Kickstarter ends March 15.Website: http://www.descentintomidnight.comTwitter: @DiMRPG From their website: “Descent into Midnight is a Powered by the Apocalypse tabletop roleplaying game where the players take on the role of alien psionic creatures who are defending their home from an otherworldly corruption.”SourcesTolkien, J.R.R. The Notion Club Papers. Sauron Defeated (The History of Middle-earth Volume 9), edited by Christopher Tolkien, Harper Collins, London, 1992.Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lost Road. The Lost Road and Other Writings (The History of Middle-Earth Volume 5), edited by Christopher Tolkien, Harper Collins, re-issue edition 2002.Flieger, Verlyn. “’The Lost Road’ and ‘The Notion Club Papers’: Myth, History, and Time-travel.” A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Stuart D. Lee, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2014, pp. 161-172.

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Mar 2020

43 min 57 sec

This month, in our passive aggressive love letter to Valentine's Day, we list our top 10 Burns, Broken Hearts, and Poor Romantic Choices in Tolkien's Legendarium. Celebrate with that special someone in your life by listening to us dunk on elves, men, hobbits, and one smooth talking dwarf. Episode NotesCheck out our buddies Rich, Richard and Taylor's upcoming Kickstarter Descent Into Midnight!@DiMRPGhttps://descentintomidnight.com/https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rkreutzlandry/descent-into-midnightHere's a website you should check out after you listen to the episode: www.hairinpeoplesmouths.comJoin Athrabeth's Discord!SourcesJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Five. Myths Transformed", "Text V: Sun The Trees Silmarils"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Four. Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth: 'The Debate of Finrod and Andreth'"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Coming of Túrin into Brethil"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Túrin in Nargothrond"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Thingol and Melian"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, “Of Maeglin”J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, “Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin”J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, “Akallabêth: Of the Rings of Power And the Third Age”J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished TalesJ.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Book 4, Chapter 10, “The Choice of Master Samwise”J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Book 6, Chapter 1, “The Tower of Cirith Ungol”.J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit Chapter 5 “Riddles in the Dark”J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Book 1 Chapter 1 “A Long-Expected Party”J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Book 1 Chapter 2 The Shadow of The Past”J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Book 1, Chapter 7 “In the House of Tom Bombadil”J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Book 2 Chapter 1 “The Council of Elrond”  ANDJ.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 2 “The Passing of the Grey Company”J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 4, “The Siege of Gondor”J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien"J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Two Towers, Books 3, Chapter 6, “The King of the Golden Hall”J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. Appendix A “Annals of the Kings and Rulers”

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Feb 2020

1 hr 27 min

Join Athrabeth's Discord!SourcesTolkien, J.R.R., Letters from Father Christmas, edited by Baillie Tolkien, “eISBN 978-0-547-95190-4 v2.1216” (Accessed Nov 25, 2019).Fimi, Dimitra, “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Christmas letters to his children bring echoes of Middle-earth to the North Pole” December 21, 2017, from the website called “The Conversation”- http://theconversation.com/j-r-r-tolkiens-christmas-letters-to-his-children-bring-echoes-of-middle-earth-to-the-north-pole-89464 (Accessed Nov 25, 2019)Swank, Kris (2013) "The Hobbit and The Father Christmas Letters," Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 32 : No. 1 , Article 9.Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol32/iss1/9 (Accessed Nov 25, 2019)Carpenter, Humphrey “The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien” published by Allen & Unwin, London. https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/the_letters_of_j.rrtolkien.pdf (Accessed Nov 25, 2019)Tolkien Gateway website, entry for “Arktik” http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Arktik (Accessed Nov 25, 2019).Ratecliff, John D., The History of the Hobbit, Harper Collins Publishers, EPub Edition © OCTOBER 2011 ISBN: 9780007369669. (Accessed Nov 25, 2019)Lord of the Rhymes: https://youtu.be/2f86R_Z0_xI

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Jan 2020

56 min 21 sec

Join Athrabeth's Discord!SourcesTolkien, J.R.R., Letters from Father Christmas, edited by Baillie Tolkien, “eISBN 978-0-547-95190-4 v2.1216” (Accessed Nov 25, 2019).Fimi, Dimitra, “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Christmas letters to his children bring echoes of Middle-earth to the North Pole” December 21, 2017, from the website called “The Conversation”- http://theconversation.com/j-r-r-tolkiens-christmas-letters-to-his-children-bring-echoes-of-middle-earth-to-the-north-pole-89464 (Accessed Nov 25, 2019)Swank, Kris (2013) "The Hobbit and The Father Christmas Letters," Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 32 : No. 1 , Article 9.Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol32/iss1/9  (Accessed Nov 25, 2019)Carpenter, Humphrey “The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien” published by Allen & Unwin, London. https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/the_letters_of_j.rrtolkien.pdf (Accessed Nov 25, 2019)Tolkien Gateway website, entry for “Arktik” http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Arktik (Accessed Nov 25, 2019). Ratecliff, John D., The History of the Hobbit, Harper Collins Publishers, EPub Edition © OCTOBER 2011 ISBN: 9780007369669. (Accessed Nov 25, 2019)The background song is “Sonata Romantique G Maj” written by: Stephen Keech, performed by: Wild Wonder. https://app.soundstripe.com/songs/8510

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Dec 2019

1 hr 8 min

Join Athrabeth's Discord!ReferencesMap of Beleriand (drawn by Christopher Tolkien) SourcesJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two. Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings: Chapter 5: The Lhammas”J.R.R. Tolkien, "Tengwesta Qenderinwa and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets Part 2", in Parma Eldalamberon XVIII (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), pp. 28-9, 81 (additional tables)J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages, Appendices, The Quendian Languages", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), pp. 127-135J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar"J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals"J.R.R. Tolkien, "From Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998

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Nov 2019

1 hr 6 min

Join Athrabeth's Discord!References, Notes and Useful LinksBrackmann, Rebecca. “‘Dwarves Are Not Heroes’: Antisemitism and The Dwarves in J.R.R. Tolkien's Writing.” Mythlore, vol. 28, no. 3, 10 Apr. 2010. 109/110 Spring/Summer.https://dc.swosu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1172&context=mythloreTolkien reciting namarie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6de_SbVUVfATolkien singing namarie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkuHrD_xlJYHostetter, Carl F. “Elvish as she is spoke” http://www.elvish.org/articles/EASIS.pdfhttp://www.elvish.org/gwaith/movie_elvish.htmConvenient condensed writeups of the various Tolkien languages coveredFauskanger, Helge K. “Valarin - like the Glitter of Swords.” Ardalambion, folk.uib.no/hnohf/valarin.htm (accessed 8 September 2019)Fauskanger, Helge K. “Various Mannish Tongues - the sadness of Mortal Men?” Ardalambion, folk.uib.no/hnohf/mannish.htm (accessed 8 September 2019)Fauskanger, Helge K. “Quenya - the Ancient Tongue” Ardalambion, folk.uib.no/hnohf/quenya.htm (accessed 8 September 2019)Fauskanger, Helge K. “Sindarin - the Noble Tongue” Ardalambion, folk.uib.no/hnohf/sindarin.htm (accessed 8 September 2019)Fauskanger, Helge K. “Adûnaic - the vernacular of Númenor” Ardalambion,folk.uib.no/hnohf/adunaic.htm (accessed 8 September 2019)Fauskanger, Helge K. “Orkish and the Black Speech - base language for base purposes” Ardalambion, folk.uib.no/hnohf/orkish.htm (accessed 8 September 2019)SourcesJ.R.R. Tolkien, "The Qenya Phonology", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 22J.R.R. Tolkien, "Quenya Phonology", in Parma Eldalamberon XIX (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 22J.R.R. Tolkien, "Quenya Grammar", in Parma Eldalamberon XIX (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 28-34J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 12Letter 176. In H. Carpenter and C. Tolkien (Eds.), The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien.New York, NY: Houghton MifflinGilson and Wynne, ‘The Growth of Grammar in the Elven Tongues’ 1992Gilson, Christopher, “Narqelion and the Early Lexicons. Some Notes on the First Elvish Poem”, in Vinyar Tengwar 40 (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), p. 6Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lost Road and Other Writings. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Vol. 5. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1987. Print. History of Middle­ earth.Tolkien, J.R.R. Sauron Defeated. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Vol. 9. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1992. Print. History of Middle­ earth.Tolkien, J.R.R. War of the Jewels. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Vol. 10. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. 301­66. Print. History of Middle ­earth.Tolkien, J. R. R. “Appendices” in The Lord of the Rings. Allen & Unwin.

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Oct 2019

1 hr 14 min

Sources Tolkien, J.R.R. ""Words of Joy": Five Catholic Prayers in Quenya. (Part One)" Ed. Patrick Wynne, Arden R. Smith, and Carl F. Hostetter. Vinyar Tengwar 43 (2002): 5­38. Print. Tolkien, J.R.R. ""Words of Joy": Five Catholic Prayers in Quenya. (Part Two)" Ed. Patrick Wynne, Arden R. Smith, and Carl F. Hostetter. Vinyar Tengwar 44 (2002): 5­20. Print. Tolkien, J.R.R. "The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon." Ed. Christopher Gilson, Carl F. Hostetter, Patrick Wynne, and Arden R. Smith. Parma Eldalamberon 12 (1998) Garth, John. Tolkien and the Great War : the threshold of Middle-earth. London: HarperCollins, 2003. Letter 142. In H. Carpenter and C. Tolkien (Eds.), The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien.New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Episode Mentions Vinyar Tengwar Homepage Elven Linguistic Fellowship Vinyar Tengwar Issue 43

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Sep 2019

1 hr 2 min

This episode Jude and Stef talk to Dawn Walls-Thumma, founder of the Silmarillion Writers Guild and author of a fascinating survey on the culture and practices of the Tolkien Fanfiction community. Dawn's Socials Twitter: @DawnFelagund Silmarillion Writers Guild Dawn's Personal Page Show Notes Join Athrabeth's Discord! Works Referenced This Episode Walls-Thumma, Dawn (2019) Data on Tolkien Fanfiction Culture and Practices (1st Edition)

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Aug 2019

1 hr 34 min

Jude and Stef review the new Tolkien biopic, as well John Garth's "Tolkien and the Great War". Some beefs are had. Show Notes Join Athrabeth's Discord! Works Referenced This Episode Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth Karukoski, Dome (Director) (2019) Tolkien

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Jul 2019

51 min 16 sec

From the noble Mearas of the Rohirrim to the dark mounts of the Black Riders, we close out our Horsey series with some of the most notable steeds of Middle-earth Show Notes Join Athrabeth's Discord! Works Referenced This Episode Hrothgar's Horses: Feral or Thoroughbred? by Jennifer Neville “Hwær Cwom Mearh? The horse in Anglo-Saxon England” by Sarah Larratt Keefer, from the Journal of Medieval History Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl" JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Books 1-3) J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion

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Jun 2019

49 min 39 sec

What started as a joke about ranking of all the horses of Middle-earth as a palate cleanser for Stef after so many episodes about souls and eschatology, has turned into two of our best episodes, courtesy of Stef's unbridled enthusiasm for hoses and Tolkien! Enjoy this first in our two part series on the Horses of Middle-earth! Show Notes Join Athrabeth's Discord! Works Referenced This Episode Hrothgar's Horses: Feral or Thoroughbred? by Jennifer Neville “Hwær Cwom Mearh? The horse in Anglo-Saxon England” by Sarah Larratt Keefer, from the Journal of Medieval History Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl" JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Books 1-3) J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion

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May 2019

57 min 23 sec

In the conclusion of first episodes on the Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth, we cover the second half of the conversation, discuss the Tale of Adanel, and give our final thoughts on this amazing piece. We also talk about our recent trip to New York to attend the Tolkien and Inspiration symposium at the Morgan Library! Show Notes Join Athrabeth's Discord! Tolkien and Inspiration: A Multidisciplinary Symposium at the Morgan Library Works Referenced This Episode J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), "Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth", published in Morgoth's Ring

Apr 2019

1 hr 4 min

Part 1 of our first foray into the work that gave our podcast its name, Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth! We meet the our interlocutors and dive into this fascinating exploration of death, faith, and hope in Middle-earth. Show Notes Join Athrabeth's new Discord! Tolkien and Inspiration: A Multidisciplinary Symposium at the Morgan Library Works Referenced This Episode J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), "Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth", published in Morgoth's Ring

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Mar 2019

47 min 30 sec

Part 2 of our discussion of souls, eschatology, and the elven afterlife examines the properties inherent to fëa, including thought transmission, and then we discuss elven resurrection! Show Notes Join Athrabeth's new Discord! Tolkien and Inspiration: A Multidisciplinary Symposium at the Morgan Library Tensing the Copula by David Lewis, the philosophical essay jude referenced in this episode. (note: I kinda made a hash out of explaining why my brain leapt from tolkien’s philosophical musing on how the bodies are the same to the much more complicated topics advanced in this paper, but if you’re interested in checking it out anyway, heres a link) Works Referenced This Episode J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), "Laws and Customs of the Eldar", published in Morgoth's Ring M. Devaux, with the assistance of Christopher Tolkien and Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), "Fragments on elvish reincarnation", published in La Feuille de la Compagnie 3 J.R.R. Tolkien , "Ósanwe-kenta", published in Vinyar Tengwar issue 39 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), "Glorfindel", published in The Peoples of Middle-earth

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Feb 2019

1 hr 13 min

Part 1 of what is currently planned to be a 3 part discussion of souls, eschatology, and the elven afterlife, culminating in a discussion of our podcast's namesake essay, the Athrabeth! This episode we're laying the groundwork with a lot of terminology which Stef definitely enjoyed, and an overview of the various kinds of incarnates in middle-Earth. Show Notes Join Athrabeth's new Discord! The Flame Imperishable, the book mentioned by Jude this episode Episode 6 Extras: Etymologies Episode 6 Extras: Quotes (sourced quotes read or referenced this episode) Works Referenced This Episode J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring Letter 131

Jan 2019

1 hr 9 min

The craftsmen, blacksmiths, and even celestial makers of Tolkien's middle-Earth frequently find themselves straying from the straight and narrow path laid out for them by Ilúvatar. In this episode we look at some examples of these makers to see what qualities they share that might account for their vulnerability, and how some are able to avoid it. Show Notes Content Warning - In this episode there is a brief discuss of sexual assault from 58:54 to 1:03:16 Episode 5 Extras: Elven Names Athrabeth Logo Explainer Join Athrabeth's new Discord! Works Referenced This Episode J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (II) The Second Phase: Laws and Customs among the Eldar, Of Naming" J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Note on Mother-names The Silmarillion, just like all of it Letter 131

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Dec 2018

1 hr 22 min

Happy Halloween from middle-Earth! In this episode we're exploring some of the season's traditional tropes as they appear in Tolkien's stories. Show Notes A brief biography of Þráinn a Wikipedia article on Hrómundar saga Gripssonar a Translation of the Griplur of the Saga Stef is going to read Beren and Lúthien, if we make her. Tweet at her with the hashtag #athrastefReadsTolkien Jude really butchered the pronunciation of fairë. It should sound like fire-eh. the ai dipthong in quenya should always sound like the ai in "aisle" and never "mail". The final, short e should be pronounced like the e in "end".

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Oct 2018

1 hr 12 min

We conclude our discussion of Appendix A of the Lord of the Rings with the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen. We talk about what Aragorn is up to in the 30 years preceding the Hobbit, his tragic lineage, and his complicated relationship with the Lord of the Last Homely House. Linguistic Notes etymology of the word linnod

Oct 2018

59 min 26 sec

In celebration of Tolkien Week, we're pleased to release our second episode two weeks early! In this, the first of two episodes about Appendix A of the Lord of the Rings, we discuss the first section "The Numenorean Kings", and how the appendix opens up the Lord of the Rings to the wider legendarium like the Silmarillion. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (amazon link) Tolkien’s Creation of the Impression of Depth (abstract) Purchase Tolkien Studies here Quenya pronunciation Notes on Adûnaic

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Sep 2018

52 min 42 sec

In this, our first episode, your hosts introduce themselves, and then dive right in as we explore Tolkien’s 1939 lecture “On Fairy Stories”, a fundamental work in Tolkien Studies, but one often overlooked by the wider Tolkien fandom. In it, Tolkien issues a sort of mission statement on why he considers fantasy important. Where can you read OFS? The Monsters and the Critics Tolkien on Fairy-Stories edited by Verlyn Flieger Show Notes: Verlyn Flieger’s introduction to On Fairy Stories Bibliography of Verlyn Flieger Mythgard Institute History of the Hobbit by John D. Rateliff

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Sep 2018

48 min 21 sec