Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
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Join The Tolkien Professor, Dr. Corey Olsen, on a sentence-by-sentence journey through the text of Tolkien's epic fairy story, and explore Middle-earth through the magical game-world of Lord of the Rings Online.
Session 183: Speaking of Using Rings Against Sauron
04/20/2021 Episode 183: Council of Elrond Session 59 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which Boromir is rebuked but then assured that his idea was understandable if misinformed. Gloin shows off his own misinformation by suggesting the remaining rings of power be rounded up and combined. He then asks the Elves of the remaining Dwarf Ring and if the 3 Elf Rings are still at large. Was Thror’s Ring the last of the Dwarven rings? Who has it now? Gandalf recounts the fate of Thror’s Ring. Field Trip: Wells of Langflood Skerabrygg, SundergrotSupport Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Apr 24
1 hr 58 min
Session 182: Opposing Sauron Plan B
04/13/2021 Episode 182: Council of Elrond Session 58 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which we discuss the “Orc Problem.” Boromir and Elrond face off concerning the bravery of men and elves. Boromir then takes a poke at Aragorn’s role in the coming strife, and whatever mysterious errands the Rangers of Ithilien are doing. Aragorn makes a point that there are more than one front to this war. Field Trip: Wells of Langflood “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. TolkienSupport Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Apr 16
2 hr 12 min
Session 181: How to Oppose Sauron
04/06/2021 Episode 181: Council of Elrond Session 57 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration updates are coming this week hopefully, so stay tuned for more info. In which Elrond explains why using the ring is a bad idea. What are the dynamics of ring ownership? Is the nature of the ring that of a tool or an entity? How then does it work on others? Field Trip: Wells of Langflood “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. TolkienSupport Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Apr 16
2 hr 5 min
Session 179: The Climax of the Council
In which Elrond finally lays down some counsel which is at least 45% stronger than the average Morgul spell.Support Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Apr 3
2 hr 47 min
Session 178: Reasoned Deliberations
Tonight we will look at the logic underlying the suggestions of various (Elvish) Council members.Support Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Apr 3
2 hr 25 min
Session 180: A Modest Proposal
03/30/2021 Episode 180: Council of Elrond Session 56 Mythmoot will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration updates are pending, so stay tuned for more info. In which a decidedly unelven plan to unmake the ring is proposed by Elrond. Did Elrond always want to destroy the ring after it was taken by Isildur? Boromir has a moment with his horn before asking why the council doesn’t’ want to use “The Great Ring” to their advantage. Field Trip: Wells of LangfloodSupport Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Apr 3
2 hr 5 min
Session 177: Risks and Options
03/09/2021 177: Council of Elrond Session 53 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we consider why the Valar refuse to help/take the ring. Were the 3 elven rings a mistake? A discussion on how the Valar work and the role of provenance. Is Glorfindel bringing up hypothetical talking points re: ring disposal, or are his ideas terrible? Why can’ there be a Third Alliance of the Free People? Field Trip: Bridge of HadhodiantSupport Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Mar 13
2 hr 9 min
Session 176: Weighing the Options
03/02/2021 176: Council of Elrond Session 52 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which Glorfindel points out that hiding the ring only delays the inevitable, even if Bombadil could be trusted with the task. Galdor agrees and adds that no one in Middle Earth has the strength and will to keep it hidden. What is the Night (capital N) and where have we heard stories of The Darkness before? Are Elrond’s All-Stars up to the challenge ahead? Homework: Why would the Valar refuse to help/take the ring? Field Trip: Vales of Anduin “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. TolkienSupport Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Mar 6
2 hr 18 min
Session 175: Of Squirrels and Tom Bombadil
ELOTR 175: Council of Elrond Session 51 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we discuss what the “change of days,” is for Tom Bombadil. Chief Councilor, Erestor has a suggestion about leaving The Ring with Tom. Gandalf says it’s a bad idea, but would that actually be the case? Could any Free Person be a completely perfect ringbearer? Field Trip: Vales of Anduin “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. TolkienSupport Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Feb 27
2 hr 7 min
Session 174: The Beginning of the End of the Council
174: Council of Elrond Session 50 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Stay tuned for future announcements on registration and presenters and check out the link: https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we backtrack to Gandalf’s description of his relationship with Shadowfax. As his narrative come to an end, Gandalf announces that “The Tale is told from first to last.” Again, we’re reminded that the hand of Fate and Providence is at play that all the players have arrived just before curtain up. Gandalf asks what is to be done with the Ring. Elrond misses his cue and starts on a non sequitur, or could it be something else? Field Trip: Rhosgobel “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. TolkienSupport Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings
Feb 21
2 hr 14 min
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