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43. B3:C2 - The Riders of Rohan - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks are running across Rohan! Or at least the three hunters are. Join us as we attempt to catch up with our enemies in order to rescue our friends, but keep a wary eye out for clues, and for horseme

[Click to see show notes for episode 43]

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Map of Middle-earth 

LoTRproject.com interactive map - Caution: spoilers for new readers!

Notes for this episode

 

  • Now we see Aragorn “The greatest traveller and huntsman of this age of the world” (B1C2 - first mention)

 

  • Orcs of different factions
    • White Hand - Orthanc, Saruman’s Uruk Hai - Orc Men
    • Northern - Misty Mountains? Gundabad? Moria
    • From the East - Mordor Orcs
  • Aragorn longing for Gondor
    • We see the King waiting for his time
  • Eagle! Traveling away back to the North
  • First sight of the orcs they’re chasing - 12 leagues or more
    • 1 league = 3 miles
  • Spring has come to Rohan
  • Hobbit evidence - the brooch
    • (Pippin is smaller - pin)
  • Debate to rest or not - Gimli and Legolas stick Aragorn with the choice
    • “An ill chooser”, we see the angst of having had bad chance before
    • We are a side-quest (paraphrase)
    • Choose sleep
  • Legolas, standing - do Elves sleep?
    • Rest their minds, sleep with eyes open, blending dreams with wakefulness
  • Day 1 - ran all night
  • Day 2 - ran all day - debated rest, and slept
  • Day 3
  • Aragorn hears hoofs - riding northward - “What is happening in this land?”
  • Huzzah for lembas
  • Observations from the narrator seem to be from Aragorn’s POV he is noting the differences and strangeness along the way
    • Eastemnet - used to be a  place where the Rohirrim helpt their herds but now it is empty (Darkness and danger is growing)
    • Eomer admits to removing all the people and animals for safety - Saruman has claimed the land, and there is war between Isengard and Rohan
  • Twice 12 leagues (72 miles) ON FOOT in two days and a night!
  • “There is some will that lends speed to our foes and sets an unseen barrier before us.”
    • “The will is not behind (Sauron/Mordor) but before us.”
    • “Saruman”
  • Day 4 (after another rest)
  • Red Dawn
  • The orcs rested - thrice 12 hours between the 2 groups
  • End of day 4 - moving slowly
  • Day 5
  • Fangorn North-west - 10 leagues
  • Riders! - 105 - yellow hair - their leader is very tall - 5 leagues away - 3 empty saddles
  • Wait for them to approach
  • The Rohirrim
    • Proud and willful
    • True-hearted
    • Generous in thought and deed
    • Bold but now cruel
    • Wise but unlearned
    • Writing no books but singing many songs
    • Long friends of Gondor
    • Kin to the Bardings of Dale and the Beornings
    • The horse people
    • Sons or Eorl
    • (Are the men of Dale from the East? Is Rohan the most successful (largest “Easterling” civilization?)
  • Eomer (leader) - has a Gondorian accent when speaking the common tongue
  • Eomer’s suspicions anger Gimli (Legolas)
  • “No evil to Rohan, nor to its folk, neither man or horse.” (are the horses considered folk?)
  • Riddermark - “Rider Land”?
  • Aragorn draws his sword and names himself.
    • Eomer immediately accepts his claim refers to him as “Lord”
    • “What is the meaning of the dark words?” (The dream that sent Boromir to Rivendell)
    • Eomer knows Boromir, Rohan lent him a horse, which returned riderless
  • Halflings! - “Do we walk in legends?”
  • Gandalf - known - has lost favor with the king
  • Saruman was a friend, now there is trouble
  • Shadowfax - the most precious of the king's steeds, Chief of the Mearas (the sire of their race was the great horse of Eorl) (What is this story?)
  • 7 nights ago (two days before Boromir died) Shadowfax returned - wild
  • Boromir’s death - “great harm is this death to Minas Tirith”
  • Wingfoot I name you - 45 leagues on foot in 4 days (135 miles)
  • Orcs, slain and burned
  • Eomer decides what to do with the travelers - Lends them horses - gets a promise of their coming to the King
  • Hasufel and Arod
  • Gimli on a horse is as Sam in a boat
  • The place of the great burning
  • “There are some things it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.”
  • Gimli starts a fire - have a care, cut no living wood - the tree is happy for the warmth, the forest is brooding - dangerous
  • And old bend man, white cloak, wide-brimmed hat
  • The horses are gone!

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42. B3:C1 - The Departure of Boromir - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks crack open the next named section of the LoTR story and discuss the way the story changes its narrative style and the suspense that comes with it. Boromir's departure from the Fellowship and Aragorn gets some clarity about his mission.

Maps

[Click to see show notes for episode 42]

Map of Middle-earth 

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Notes for this episode

 

 

  • Aragorn on the seat of Amon Hen

 

  • The world seems darkened, and there was nothing to see
  • THE HORN OF GONDOR!
  • Aragorn came too late and missed the fight
  • Boromir is dying
    • Sword: broken above the hilt
    • Horn: cloven in two
    • Pierced by many arrows
  • The Hobbits are taken!
  • Aragorn doesn’t know what to do
    • 1 Find the Ring and the Bearer
    • 2 Go to Minas Tirith as bidden by his heart and Boromir’s dying wish
    • 3 Find the Halflings
    • Everything he has done today is turned to ruin
  • Gimli and Legolas slaying in the woods, also too late to help
  • The Hobbits were bound, therefore likely still alive
  • Finding the Hobbit knives
    • Work of Westernesse
  • Symbols of the enemy
    • Strange looking orcs
    • White Hand
    • White ‘S’
    • Not Sauron - Red Eye
    • Saruman - Evil is afoot, and the west is no longer safe
  • Tending the fallen.
    • Cannot bury him
    • Give him to Anduin - the River of Gondor
    • Carry him back to the river - hard to do with Boromir being so large and strong
    • Lay him in the boat, and made him presentable.
    • Towed the boat into the water
    • Let him go, and he disappeared over Rauros
      • “Rauros roared on unchanging”
    • Boromir was not seen again in Minas Tirith
    • It was said that he road his boat down the river all the way to the sea.
    • The song of sorrow - The “people” hearken to the winds for news of Boromir (West, South, and North)
  • Only two boats a mystery
    • No orcs
    • 2 packs gone also - Sam’s for sure
    • Aragorn puts the story together by Sam’s words and apparent actions
    • Frodo and Sam have taken the boat across the river
  • What to do?
    • Take the last boat after Frodo
    • Or follow the orcs
    • The direct path to Minas Tirith is apparently no longer an option
      • Aragorn’s personal mission is abandoned for the moment
  • Aragorn finally knows what he must do - The company has played its part
    • He must chase after the other hobbits or they will be left to torment and death.
    • “My heart speaks clearly at last. The fate of the Bearer is in my hands no longer”
    • “Yet we that remain cannot forsake our companions while we have strength left.”
    • “We will press on by day and dark… with hope or without hope we will follow the trail of our enemies, and woe to them if we prove the swifter. We will make such a chase that will be accounted a marvel among the three kindreds: elves, dwarves, and men. Forth the three hunters!”
  • His mind was, at last, made up and the hunt begins!

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41. Back in the Saddle

The Nicks do their first recording in many months. This episode is a reconnecting of two friends and trying to establish a routine for the future of the podcast. The Nicks also talk briefly about Sauron's attacks in the northern parts of Middle-earth and ask if there are elves in the east.


39. DISC 1 - The Fellowship of The Ring - Extended Edition - Watch Along Commentary

40. DISC 2 - The Fellowship of The Ring - Extended Edition - Watch Along Commentary

The Nicks are joined by Erin and Aran to give their commentary while watching the extended edition of The Fellowship of The Ring. Cue up your copy and press play with us to listen and watch along with us in this special episode.

[Click to see show notes for episodes 39 and 40]

We are playing the Extended Edition of the Fellowship of The Ring which has scenes that were either shortened or cut from the theatrical release. This episode covers DISC 1 only.

After a short prelude, we will give a countdown as the cue for when to start the movie. The commentary is uncut and unedited and will run the full length of the film.

Thank you for listening, we hope you enjoy this special episode of Green Dragon Live.




38. B2:C10 - The Breaking of The Fellowship - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks might be breaking up a bit in this episode, but it's only fitting as this is the Breaking of the Fellowship! How will the break happen? Is it physical? Or psychological? Which way will Frodo go? Who will go with him? Find out with us, live at the Green Dragon.

[Click to see show notes for episode 38]

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Map of Middle-earth 

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Notes for this episode

  • Sting shines blue
  • Time to think, time to decide
  • The group talks about what they will do
  • Boromir has big plans
  • Boromir cracks and nearly breaks Frodo
  • Frodo Escapes up Amon Hen
  • Oh The Things You’ll See - while wearing the ring of power on the seat of seeing
  • Boromir rejoins the group, gives sparse news
  • Aragorn is angry with him, Frodo is missing
  • Aragorn tries to organize a search party (there are orcs out there after all) everyone scatters instead
  • Sam knows Frodo, feels the pain of being left behind
  • Frodo tries to leave
  • Sam tries to catch him, but can’t swim
  • Sam and Frodo get their gear and take off, the Fellowship is broken.
  • Chapter's end
  • Book's end - Congratulations you have made it through the Fellowship of The Ring!



37. B2:C9 - The Great River - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks discuss the journey down the great river, the speed at which our Fellowship is cutting across the landscape, and the dangers it holds on either bank. Also discussing the desire to do more recordings with less interference from real life.

Maps

[Click to see show notes for episode 37]

Maps

Map of Middle-earth 

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Notes for this episode

THEY GOT STUFF

THEY’S ON A RIVER

THEY GOTS BOATS

The Story in this Chapter:

  • Floating down the river is boring
  • Landscapes change
  • Aragorn lets the fellowship kind of just drift along… they don’t paddle too much.
  • Merry, Pippin, and Boromir | Aragorn, Frodo, and Sam | Legolas and Gimli
  • Boromir acting strangely
  • Sam sees eyes and strange logs floating alongside them - or is it catching up with them?
  • Sam takes the watch - wakes Frodo
  • Frodo sees a thing!  Draws Sting and it flees!
  • Aragorn wakes and says that he’s seen it too… and even tried to catch... HIM?!
  • They spot an eagle high up in the sky - at the same time they are approaching the Emyn Muil on the Eastern shore - Rohan on the Western shore
  • Aragorn knows rapids are coming. They catch him off guard because he’s never traveled by water through this area.
    • Even Sam helps to paddle
    • They have to turn around IN THE RAPIDS
    • All together paddle!
    • Paddle!
    • paddle!
    • Orcs! Yrch!
    • Gollum’s doing?
    • Twangs of bowstrings -- they hit Frodo!
  • A deeper blackness in the sky
    • Legolas shoots it down
    • The orcs seem to retreat
  • Fellowship reach the safety of the opposite shore, and wait out the night
  • Confusion about the moon… Aragorn finally reveals that they spent a lot more time in Lorien than any of them expected. -- Winter is almost over!!!
  • In the morning Aragorn and Legolas scout the portage road around the rapids
    • It’s easy to find
    • It is not as hard to carry everything as it could be.
    • Boromir and Aragorn carry the boats
  • Rapids (Sarn Gebir)
  • BEHOLD THE ARGONATH!
  • Parth Galen the grassy shore on the western side
  • Nen Hithoel - the lake above Rauros
  • Amon Hen - the Hill of Seeing - The Seat of Seeing - Western Shore
  • Amon Lhaw - the Hill of Hearing - Eastern Shore
  • Tol Brandir - The island in the middle of Nen Hithoel where none has ever set foot.
  • Rauros - The great falls of the Anduin



36. B2:C8 - Farewell to Lorien - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks dive into this chapter of gift giving by asking which of the Fellowship's gifts would you steal, or what gift would you ask of Lady Galadriel? We discuss the differences between the movie gifts and the book. And, in spite of not making an actual plan, we prepare ourselves for a long trek downriver. 

[Click to see show notes for episode 36]

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Notes for this episode

  • Summoned up to see Lord and Lady
  • It's time to go.
  • Celeborn talks over what lay ahead -- east is over Emyn Muil, west goes into Rohan/Fangorn and ultimately leads to Minas Tirith.
    • Aragorn is doubtful and troubled. (Remember gandalf’s plan!)
    • Celeborn offers boats - this could prolong the decision!
  • The Fellowship take their own council
    • Majority choose to go west and make for Minas Tirith.
    • Aragorn is quiet.
    • Boromir makes his case -- “throw away what?”
  • Gifted cloaks, Lembas, and rope
  • Haldir comes back to escort them out of Caras Galadhon to the waters.
  • Gifted boats!
  • Off down the river
  • Giant swan swims closer…  oh dear.
  • GALADRIEL -- she sings to them with a harp.
  • Lord and Lady invite them to eat together as a farewell.
  • Gifts are given.
    • Aragorn gets a sheath for Anduril and the Elfstone
    • Boromir gets a golden belt
    • Merry/Pippin small silver belts with a golden flower clasp
    • Legolas gets a bow of the Galadhrim strung with elf hair and a quiver of arrows.
    • Sam gets a small box - adorned with a G for Galadriel/Garden, filled with soil from the orchard of Galadriel blessed in the way she may.
    • Gimli - what gift would a Dwarf ask of the Lady?  
  • Sees them off.
  • Galadriel sings another song.
  • The set off down the river Aragorn/Frodo/Sam, Boromir/Pippin/Merry, Legolas/Gimli -- Bromance of the story!

Other comments or observations:

The story is picking up again.  Gird your loins!

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35. B2:C7 - The Mirror of Galadriel - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks get down to business by talking about the elephant in the room, this elephant being the new baby boy in Nicholas' family! Also, we meet the Lord and Lady of the Galadhrim - Celeborn, and Galadriel. Later, Galadriel shows two of our fellowship her magic mirror.

[Click to see show notes for episode 35]

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Notes for this episode

OUR FELLOWSHIP HAS ENTERED THE ENCHANTED FOREST

ELVES FROM WITHIN HAVE CLEARED THE ORC SCUM WITHOUT!

OUR FELLOWSHIP HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH THE SECRETS OF THE GOLDEN WOOD

WHAT WILL THEY FIND WITHIN THE CITY OF GREEN TOWERS?

WILL THE LORD AND LADY BE GRACIOUS?

HAS ANYONE PAID MIND TO BILL THE PONY?

WILL THE COMPANY’S HEARTS FALTER UNDER THE LADY’S GAZE?

The story in this chapter

  • Approaching Caras Galadhon
  • Long walk up
  • Meeting Celeborn and Galadriel
  • Testing hearts
  • Rest
  • Frodo starts to feel like it’s time to go
  • Galadriel shows Frodo and Sam the mirror
  • Sam and the mirror
  • Frodo and the mirror
  • Galadriel and the Ring
  • Galadriel and the other Ring
  • Passing the test - does everyone have to pass the test

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34. B2:C6 - Lothlorien - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks talk about stepping out of time in special and awe-inspiring places, as well as being too close to the special things near you. Our Fellowship makes a dash for the woods, in spite of the potential of danger within. Aragorn is forced to take the lead after Gandalf's fall, and now they take the last known road in the plan created in Rivendell.

[Click to see show notes for episode 34]

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Notes for this episode

BESIEGED BY ORCS!

AN ANCIENT FOE OF FIRE AND FLAME!

THE FELLOWSHIP FLEES TO THE EASTERN GATE

GANDALF MAKES A STAND AND SACRIFICES HIMSELF FOR THE FELLOWSHIP

ARAGORN NOW LEADS…

THE DRUMS OF THE ENEMY FADE AWAY

WHAT WILL BECOME OF OUR FELLOWSHIP?

WHAT AWAITS THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ONCE GLORIOUS KHAZAD-DUM?

The Story in this Chapter:

  • Grieving the loss of Gandalf
    • Need to press on.
    • Rushing so quickly that they forgot that Sam and Frodo had been wounded and the company was lagging behind Aragorn and Legolas.
  • Significance of the Geography
    • They stop to look back at the peaks.  Woe unto them for Caradhras having defeated them.
    • Kheled-zaram - the Mirrormere - Durin’s Crown
    • Entering the wood
    • Silverlode - Celebrant
    • Another river Nimrodel - Falls the voice of Nimrodel
      • They take a break.  Legolas sings.
      • Haldir and co.
    • Flets and the Galadhrim -- “Tree People”
      • Sleeping in a flet/floor
      • Passage in.  but caveat.  Blindfolded
      • Gimli, then Legolas, then everyone. - Aragorn’s decision
    • Celebrant - the crossing into the Naith of Lorien
    • Cerin Amroth
    • Looking to Dol Guldur - Two towers set in opposition
      • Dol Guldur is inhabited - but by whom?
  • Political News
    • Allies being untrusting (this is the crux) (page 339 NJ copy)
  • Significance of the Fellowship in Lorien and the interactions between the races
    • A DWARF in Lorien!!!?!?!?!! ZOMG!!!
    • Aragorn in Lorien
    • Legolas in Lorien
  • Experience/growth/etc. of the hobbits.
    • Crossing the River Celebrant

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33. Q&A #3

The Nicks answer your questions about what Dwarf women look like, why it's hard to get into the books, why the names are so similar, the eye of Sauron, and more!

[Click to see show notes for episode 33]

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Questions from listeners:

What DO Dwarf women look like?  -- CHAPTER 13 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion

Friends who like Lord of the Rings... help! I'm almost done reading The Fellowship of the Ring and am having trouble. When does something happen that draws the reader to the character? When does the singing stop? When does something of importance happen? I fully expected to like the books. Am I reading it wrong? Do I have too high of expectations? Why do so many people like it??

Why are all the names so similar?

Did the eye of Sauron ever have a physical body? And how did the eye come to exist

Why doesn't Samwise pay off Sauron with all the diamonds he got from Chester Copperpot's buried treasure?

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32. B2:C5 - The Bridge of Khazad-dum - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks convene at the Green Dragon very late at night to discuss the chapter The Bridge of Khazad Dum - wherein Gandalf stands toe to toe, brother vs. brother with the Balrog "Durin's Bane."

[Click to see show notes for episode 32]

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Notes for this episode

OUR FELLOWSHIP STRIDES BOLDLY THROUGH DARK AND DANGEROUS CAVERNS.
WITH FEW STOPS. LESS FOOD. AND EVEN LESS LIGHT.
OUR HEROES STRUGGLE TO FIND THE PATH THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS

FEW THINGS KEEP THEM MOVING.
HOPING FOR LIGHT AGAIN
LONGING FOR WIND AGAIN
RUNNING FROM THE DARK
AND THE FEAR OF ENEMIES!

AND NOW THE TOMB OF BALIN HAS BEEN FOUND!
WILL OUR HEROES ESCAPE THIS DARK TOMB?
HAS OUR GUIDE SUCCESSFULLY BROUGHT US TO THE END?
OR HAS TRAGEDY FINALLY FALLEN ON OUR FELLOWSHIP?

The story in this chapter

It was very late when we got started, and we didn't flesh out our notes.

  • The Book of Mazarbul
  • Trapped!
  • Cave Troll
  • Frodo is NOT a stuck pig
  • Something behind the door - Immensely powerful
  • Run to the bridge
  • A Balrog!
  • You cannot pass!
  • Fly you fools!

Sir Ian McKellen - How To Act: https://youtu.be/nyoWmkhRyp8

The Tragic use of the music from this scene... to sell a Superhero movie: https://youtu.be/wArmHSPIvlQ

The music from the Bridge of Khazad-dum - by Howard Shore: https://youtu.be/xDn-hc28aEw?t=5m56s

 


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31. B2:C4 - A Journey in the Dark - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks take a walk in the dark as the Fellowship continues their journey. A danger in the dark is due to appear at any moment! What are those footsteps? Why can Frodo see in the dark? Why does Nick Andrew hate caves (and his brother)? All this and more in this episode of our read-along of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

[Click to see show notes for episode 31]

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Notes for this episode

THIS JUST IN!

THE RING IS ON THE MOVE.

EAST TOWARD THE MISTY MOUNTAINS, THEN SOUTH…

BIRDS SWOOP IN… THE EYES OF THE ENEMY ARE EVERYWHERE!

THE PASS OF CARADHRAS.  THE REDHORN GATE.  

THE FELLOWSHIP ATTEMPTS TO CLIMB OVER THE CRUEL MOUNTAIN.

SNOW PILED ON. … ... WINDS... WHIPPED.

THE HOBBITS?  ….  FREEZING

AFTER BATTLING THE MOUNTAIN FOR LONGER THAN THEY CAN BEAR OUR COMPANY RESIGNS HEADING BACK DOWN THE MOUNTAIN 

HOW WILL OUR COMPANY HANDLE DEFEAT

AND IS THERE ANOTHER WAY?

The story in this chapter

  • A rest, what to do?
    • Only options are to go on… somehow
    • Or go back to Rivendell
      • Pippin perks up, Merry and Sam look hopeful
      • Aragorn and Boromir make no sign
      • Frodo troubled.
        • We cannot return without shame, unless there is no other way and we are already defeated.
          • Sam sinks back into his gloom
    • The only other path is through Moria
      • The Gap of Rohan is watched by Saruman, who has turned against the free people and to go south through Gondor will take FAR too long.
  • Moria - more dangerous than the Redhorn Gate?
    • Gandalf thought this might be the way through - Aragorn did not want to go this way at least until they tried the mountain pass.
      • We see Aragorn here being very leader-like and less follower. Giving way to Gandalf.  Gandalf is their guide for the time being, not Aragorn.
        • Aragorn has definite opinions (we don’t see this in the movies as much)
    • Gimli becomes interested - all others feel dread - even the hobbits who only know it from legend and vague fear.
    • We can cover our trail and disappear for a little bit.
  • Why not go south past the Gap and over the mountains into Gondor? (Boromir)
    • Things have changed in the Gap
    • The longer road would take WAY too long, it is not safe, and it is watched.
    • Going through Moria would be like going up to the dark lord’s tower itself “The name of Moria is Black.”
  • Gandalf has seen some stuff… he rebutted Boromir with
    • I alone of you have been to
      • The stronghold of Sauron
      • The dungeons of the dark lord
      • Dol Guldur
  • There may be Dwarves in the mines - there might be a warm welcome somewhere inside
  • Who will follow me if I lead you? (Gandalf)
  • “How the wind howls!” -- it's not the wind!
    • Warg attack
    • They think it's done after Gandalf declares himself to them.
    • They come back!
    • First battle scene in our narrative.
    • Gandalf steals the show… HUGE show of force and power.
  • The missing falls and the stairs that go up
  • The curious case of the unexpected lake
    • Stepping in the water and the ripples in the deep
  • Saying goodbye to Bill
    • Repacking for the southward, warming, road
  • Moon letters and drawings - ithildin
    • Durin’s marks
    • The tree of the High Elves
    • The star of the House of Feanor(PIN)
  • Hacking the doors
  • Fear of the water
  • ‘Friend’ and ‘Snakes?’
    • The door is a riddle
    • Sam is the only one who moves to save Frodo - and is forced to choose Frodo over Bill
    • Everyone quickly gets inside
  • The way back is closed - let us hope the way forward is open.
  • Follow the guiding light
    • Frodo eventually realizes that he can see better in the dark than everyone except Gandalf (even Gimli!) - he/narrator attributes it to stab wound in his shoulder
  • Brief rests and pauses along the way
  • Pitter patter - the faint echo of footfalls.
  • “I have no memory of this place” and the guard room well
    • A rock that takes a long time hit the ground
      • Tom-tap, tap-tom.
      • Tap-tom, tom-tap, tap-tap, tom.

    • Time to head back uphill
  • Long march. Suddenly the walls disappeared - and they are in a vast cavernous room
  • Risk a little real light.
  • Spending the night, at night.
  • Gimli’s song
    • Sam likes it
    • Gimli is gloomy
  • The wealth of Moria was not in gold or jewels but in Mithril
    • Pretty amazing stuff
  • In the morning there is light
  • Through a doorway a tomb
    • Balin son of Fundin / Lord of Moria
    • He is dead. There are no dwarves to welcome them.
    • Gimli draws his hood over his face….
    • HERE ENDS THE CHAPTER

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30. B2:C3 - The Ring Goes South - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks talk about getting used to crazy amounts of noise, or the lack thereof. The forming of the Fellowship of The Ring, as in the title of this volume of the novel. The preparations of the Fellowship, and the courage of the hobbits as they set forth. The lands between Rivendell and The Gap of Rohan, the mountains under which the ancient civilization of the Dwarves: Khazad-Dûm was crafted. Being beaten down by the misfortune of weather, and why you should read the next chapter in the dark! All this and more of Tolkien's world in this episode of Green Dragon Live!

[Click to see show notes for episode 30]

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Notes for this episode

THIS JUST IN!

THE COUNCIL WAS DECISIVE!
THE RING MUST BE DESTROYED!

THE HALFLING STILL CARRIES THE RING

SAMWISE GAMGEE STILL GOING ALONG!

WHAT BRAVE SOULS WILL ACCOMPANY?  

WHO WILL REPRESENT THE FREE PEOPLE?
WHERE ARE THE RIDERS NOW? DID THEY SURVIVE?
WHEN WILL THIS STORY CONTINUE, AND WHAT DID THEY NAME THE PONY?

The story in this chapter:

  • Hobbits meet by themselves
    • Merry and Pippin want to go
    • “Nothing’s been decided yet” What were you all doing in there then?
  • Scouts sent out to look for signs of the riders and other enemies
  • Gandalf overheard a hobbit say that people of intelligence are needed -- tells Frodo that he is THINKING of coming along.
  • 2 Months go by - Winter sets in. Council of Elrond  October 25 - Fellowship leaves December 25
    • Scouts return 8 of 9 Nazgul accounted for - scattered and sent back to Mordor, no Gollum
    • Bilbo and Frodo meet one on one for the last time - Sting, Mithril coat
    • Fellowship officially formed
      • Gimli will represent Dwarves
      • Legolas Elves
      • Aragorn Men (Boromir coming too)
      • Gandalf shall be the intelligence
      • Frodo
      • Sam - packing his things
      • ...2 spots left.  Elrond wants to send two from his house- Merry and Pippin interrupt.  Elrond is okay with Merry, but not Pippin.
  • Southward bound
  • Hollin
    • Aragorn starts being a Ranger!!!  He notices there are no bird sounds -- odd to him.  So silent that the fellowship merely talking “vibrates the ground”.
      • Gandalf says that you always listen to a ranger, especially when it’s Aragorn!
    • Crebain
    • SPIES OF STAR WARS!
  • The Redhorn Gate - Over Caradhras
    • The mountain defeats them. 

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29. B2:C2 - The Council of Elrond - part 2 - Gandalf's Tale and the Purpose of the Council - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks fall into a meme-hole, discuss the doings of Gandalf and Saruman, and finally get down to brass tacks to decide what is to be the fate of this Council... and The Ring.

[Click to see show notes for episode 29]

THIS JUST IN!

A COUNCIL HAS GATHERED….TO COUNCIL....

ELVES, DWARVES, MEN, AND HALFLINGS TOGETHER UNDER ONE ROOF!

DELIBERATIONS ENSUE AND STORIES ARE TOLD -- INCLUDING BILBO’S!

ISILDUR’S BANE REVEALED!

WHY ARE WE HERE?

CAN ONE SIMPLY WALK INTO MORDOR, AND WHAT IS GANDALF’S STORY?


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Notes for this episode

Use the Force Harry

Vader Brita

Saruman Trololo

Trolling Saruman Part 2

Trolling Saruman Part 3

 

Other fandom trolling memes:

The story in this chapter

  • Gandalf's Tale:
    • Gandalf has the longest part to tell - but he has done the most to understand the enemy, the Ring, and to set in motion the tale we now read.
    • Saruman
      • The Rings and their jewels or lack thereof
    • Hunting for Gollum
    • Saruman knew of writing upon the Ring - but what is the source of his knowledge
      • Who else but Sauron held the Ring? Isildur
        • That means Minas Tirith might hold a clue
    • Abandoning the chase to go to Gondor!
      • Denethor not very welcoming
    • The scroll of Isildur describing the “fire writing” unknown language - but eleven letters
    • Gandalf HAS tested the Ring
    • Speaking the words of Mordor - of the Ring
    • Gollum did go to Mordor
      • He was forced to spill his guts about the Ring
      • The servants of the enemy have been to the Shire, and now know - perhaps the enemy already knows - that the Ring is in Rivendell
    • Gollum imprisoned with the Wood Elves
      • Definitely still full of mischief
    • Legolas speaks up in distress
      • Gollum has escaped
      • How so? Was it coordinated? Did he have help? Or was he just being opportunistic?
      • Gollum is cunning, escapes the skill of the elves to track
      • Heading to Dol Guldor
      • Gandalf - Gollum may have a part to play yet - Tolkien keeps insisting on this - it must mean something
    • What of Saruman?
      • Drawn to Orthanc by the message of Radagast (taken advantage of my Saruman) - Tells of Nazgul
      • The Nazgul keep asking for the Shire
      • Saruman summons Gandalf to give him “aide”
      • Radagast to send messages
      • Bree - stopped at the Prancing Pony (when was all of this?)
      • To Isengard - Orthanc - Built by Numenor - At the Gap of Rohan
      • Fear fell on him inside Isengard
      • Saruman the White or…. Many Colors
      • Saruman feels that Gandalf has been hiding information in the Shire
      • Saruman has contempt for Radagast … and Gandalf… and their colors
      • “Saruman the Wise” “Saruman ring maker” “Saruman of many colors”
      • White - can be broken - or - is perfect
        • Leaving the path of wisdom
      • A choice
        • The world of men which we must rule
        • We need power
        • “WE”
        • “There is no help in elves or dying Numenor”
        • Join with that power - there is hope that way - and rich reward
        • Join the evil way despising the many evil things biding their time to come to their true purpose.
        • Knowledge, Rule, Order
        • No change in designs - only in our means
      • The Ruling Ring - “If WE could command that, then the power would pass to US.”
      • Gandalf a prisoner of Orthanc - on the pinnacle
      • A narrow stair of many thousand steps.
        • In Letter 210 - Tolkien tells us that Orthanc is 500 feet tall
        • In modern American building terms that is about 29 stories.
        • Not huge - but massive for the surrounding area
        • To take the stairs literally then - 500 feet divided by “many thousand” (5000?) works out to be approximately 1000 steps per hundred feet. - 100 steps per 10 feet or 10 steps per foot.
      • Pits and forges, wolves, and orcs - Saruman is building an army - to rival Sauron
        • How was this kept hidden from Gandalf when he got there? Or did it happen while he was there?
      • Frodo calls back to a dream! (REVISIT PIN)
        • It was late
      • Radagast was true and trustworthy
      • The Eagles - Gwaihir
    • Rohan
    • Tribute of horses - tribute of horses and many to Mordor
      • It’s a lie
    • Evil at work
    • Shadowfax
      • Tireless, swift as the flowing wind, silver by day, shade by night, light footfall, unridden, untamed,
      • Gandalf reached the Shire when Frodo was in the Barrow Downs though they left the same day (Rohan, Hobbiton)
    • Gaffer - changes for the worst (Needs a pin?)
      • Changes already started?
      • Has Saruman already started to tear it apart looking for the Ring?
    • Crickhollow
      • Broken into - Hope left Gandalf
    • To Bree - Butterbur
      • Good news - renewed hope!
      • A night’s rest.
    • The Nazgul’s movements
      • 2 Nazgul in Bree
      • 4 in the Shire
      • 2 at Crickhollow
      • Captain in secret south of Bree
    • After the attack on Bree/Crickhollow
      • Some across country Eastward
      • The Captain and others along the Road
      • 2 days out from Bree - Gandalf beset in the Ring of Amon Sul - Weathertop
      • The Wraiths were already there.
      • Closed around at night - Light and Flame!
      • Gandalf fled to the North - then toward Rivendell
    • Gandalf nearly 14 days to Rivendell
      • Only 3 days before Frodo
    • End of tale
  • THE PURPOSE! - What shall we do with the Ring
    • The old forest used to stretch from where it is to the other side of Isengard (Fangorn even?)
    • Can we obtain help from Tom Bombadil? Send the Ring to him for safe keeping?
      • The Ring has no power over him. He would forget it and throw it away
      • Also, even the enemy could be held off - his country would be besieged and ultimately overthrown
    • The Ring cannot be kept away by strength only 2 options
      • Send it over the Sea
        • They would not receive it - it belongs to Middle-earth
      • Destroy it
        • We have no craft that can unmake it.
      • OR cast it into the deeps - where it could not be recovered.
        • Only a delay tactic
    • Gandalf wants to make an end of Sauron - not delay
    • Sauron - would expect the Westward option (in or over the sea)
      • He would March up the coast to the Grey Havens
    • Westward road seems easiest - and therefore must be avoided
      • It will be watched
    • That leaves only the option to undo the Ring
      • The only hope - to take the Ring to Mordor - to the fire
      • Frodo felt a dead darkness in his heart
    • Boromir
      • Why hide and destroy?
      • What if it has come to us in our great moment of need?
      • Why not wield it?
      • Valor needs first strength, and then a weapon.
      • The Ring can be our weapon.
    • Elrond
      • We cannot use it
      • It was made by Sauron and is his alone
      • it cannot be wielded by any except those with great power of their own.
      • But for them, the desire of it corrupts their heart
        • Like Saruman - corrupted by the thought alone
      • It is evil and dangerous
      • Nothing is evil in the beginning - even Sauron.
    • Boromir
      • So be it Gondor will fight on
      • Perhaps the sword that was broken can help
        • “If the hand who wields it holds more than an heirloom but also the sinews of the kings of men”
      • May the day not be delayed
      • It would comfort us to know others fought also
    • Gloin
      • More power if the people's join together
      • What of the three rings of the elves?
      • They were made by the dark lord long ago
        • Do they remain?
        • Are they idle?
    • Elrond
      • We cannot speak of them
      • They are not idle, but they also are not weapons
      • But if Sauron regains the One all their strength would be turned to destruction
      • If the One is destroyed
        • Perhaps they will be freed, and be able to heal the hurts of the world
        • Or perhaps they will fail and many things will fade and be forgotten
    • Glorfindel
      • But all the Elves are willing to take this chance!
    • Back to the destruction of the Ring
      • What strength have we for the finding of the fire?
      • That is the path of Despair! Or Folly!
    • Gandalf
      • Despair
        • Is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt
      • Wisdom to recognize necessity when all other courses have been weighed
      • Folly
        • It may appear to those who cling to false hope.
        • Let folly be our cloak/veil before the eyes of the enemy
      • The only measure Sauron knows is Desire, “the desire for power and so he judges all hearts.”
        • He does not think that anyone can refuse it, and therefore follow through with destroying it
        • If we seek to destroy it - we shall put him out of reckoning
          • AKA - he won’t see it coming - it’s not a possibility he thinks would ever happen
    • “This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong.”
      • Small hands do them because they must
      • While the eyes of the great are elsewhere
      • (THIS IS THE CRUX OF THE PLAN!)
    • Bilbo - It’s plain enough what you’re pointing at
      • I started it, and I must finish it.
      • Boromir nearly laughs at Bilbo
      • Elrond - your part is ended
      • What do you mean by “they”
    • The messengers who are sent with the Ring
      • Bilbo - “Exactly, and who are they to be?”
      • That seems to be the only thing this Council needs to decide
      • Let’s get some names together
    • No one spoke - looking downcast - in deep thought
      • Frodo - felt a dread or doom on him
        • And an overwhelming desire to rest in peace with Bilbo in Rivendell
        • “At last with an effort, he spoke and wondered to hear his words, as if some other will was using his small voice. ‘I will take the Ring.’
          • [NJ - DEFINITION OF BRAVERY - the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty.    -- speaking up in spite of deep desires because it is the thing that must be done, or the right thing to do.]
      • Elrond
        • I think that this task is appointed for you, and if you do not find a way no one will.
        • But it is a heavy burden
          • I do not lay it on you but if you take it freely I would say that your choice is right.
          • And though all the mighty elf-friends of old, Hador, Hurin, Turin, and Beren, you shall be seated among them.
      • SAM! [Again eavesdropping] -- But you won’t send him off alone!
        • No indeed - You at least shall go with him.
        • A nice pickle we’ve landed ourselves in, Mr. Frodo.

New Characters:

  • Denethor - Steward of Gondor
  • Saruman the White/Many Colored - Istari, Leader of the White Council
  • Gollum (makes an appearance)
  • Theoden - King of Rohan
  • Shadowfax? - Lord of Horses
  • Radagast the Brown - Istari, part of the White Council

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28. B2:C2 - The Council of Elrond - part 1 - The Tale of The Ring - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks take a close look at the goings on of Middle-earth, the Council is called at a time when all the free folks happen to be represented, the tale of The Ring is told and the larger picture is starting to become clear to those present that now is the time of action, there is a chance NOW to strike against the enemy.

[Click to see show notes for episode 28]

THIS JUST IN!

A WOUNDED HOBBIT HEALED.  

WRAITH WORLD AVOIDED.

THE TIME FOR FEASTS IS OVER.    THE TIME FOR TALK IS NIGH!

ELROND THE ELF LORD HOSTS A GREAT COUNCIL.  

SECRETS ARE TOLD -- DECISIONS…  MADE.

WHO ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE?  WHAT DECISIONS WILL THEY COME TO?

AND WHAT OF THE RULING RING?

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Notes for this episode

  • Frodo feels great! He wants to explore.
  • No time for that _BELL RINGS!_
  • The gathering (Many Meetings part 2)
    • Boromir - A stranger unlooked for
  • Gloin’s report from Erebor and Dale
    • The messenger from “The Lord Sauron the Great”.
  • We are gathered here uncalled and unlooked for to decide what to do.
  • Elrond’s Tale (which skips millennia in the telling - see the Silmarillion)
    • The long memory of Elrond
      • Tells long tale of the forging of the Great Rings
      • Celebrimbor
      • The story of the Rise and Fall of Numenor
      • Elendil the Tall, his sons Isildur and Anarion
      • The rise of Gondor and Arnor
      • Gil-Galad
      • The Last Alliance against Sauron
      • Defeat of Sauron
      • Diminished, but not Destroyed
      • Isildur claims the Ring as a wergild (compensation) and an heirloom of his house.
      • The Rise of Gondor and Arnor
      • The Fall of Arnor and the diminishment of Gondor
  • Confusion about the actual history of the Ring
  • What is all this about trees? (white trees?)
  • Boromir’s Report
    • Begs leave from Lord Elrond to talk more of Minas Tirith and Gondor.
    • Numenorian blood not spent - Boromir takes offense
    • Smoke rises from Mount Doom
    • Mordor is allied with Harad
    • Ithilien overrun
    • East shore of Osgiliath has been abandoned to the Enemy
    • Gondor holds the line
    • Only Rohan will send aide these days
    • Dreams, he and his brother.
    • Travels 110 days to find Rivendell and seek Elrond’s council.
  • The lineage of Aragorn
    • Broken Sword? Dreams? Same Sword?
  • “Bring out the Ring Frodo”
    • Love, loathing, fear, shame
  • How do we know it is Isildur’s Bane - Boromir
    • All that is gold does not glitter
  • Aragorn and the Rangers and the North
    • Dunadain vs. Gondor as unsung heroes
  • Bilbo’s tale
    • The true version
  • Frodo’s tale - lots of interruptions
    • Bilbo wants to talk more about it later -- great story sans interruptions
  • Frodo thinks the story is still incomplete -- wants to know more about Gandalf
    • Galdor the elf from Grey Havens also wants to know more
      • Wants to know about Saruman

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27. B2:C1 - Many Meetings - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks wake from their slumber to find themselves in Rivendell where they must try and remember their family, meet new friends, and see old friends in a new light. 

[Click to see show notes for episode 27]

THIS JUST IN!

THE ENEMY HAS GONE TO WAR!  

OPENLY DECLARING HIMSELF,
THE DECEIVER SENDS HIS 9 WRAITHS AFTER OUR HEROES.  
FRODO IS WOUNDED AND ON THE BRINK.
A MYSTERIOUS ELF LORD COMES TO HIS AID.

AFTER LENGTHY PURSUIT ACROSS MILES OF COUNTRY THE SERVANTS OF THE ENEMY DRAW CLOSER THAN COMFORT ALLOWS.  

NEARING RIVENDELL GLORFINDEL, THE ELF LORD, CALLS ON ANCIENT POWERS COMBAT THE ENEMY IN PURSUIT.  

WILL HIS PLAN PLAY OUT?  

WILL FRODO, OUR HERO, SURVIVE THE DAY?

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Notes for this episode

Many Meetings

  • Gandalf - what happened at the Ford - the true nature of Frodo’s injury/ringwraiths - “Delayed?” - comments about Weathertop - lost time
  • Sam and the Hobbits - Sam has stayed with him each of the 4 days… barely left his side.
  • Pippin - “The Lord of the Ring” - Gandalf jumps on that. “Only one Lord of the Ring.”
  • The banquet - A banquet fit for the high lords of old.
  • Elrond - ageless. Neither young nor old. At his one side sat Gandalf, at the other Glorfindel.
  • Glorfindel - a hero!
  • Gandalf again - he looks like a lord of old.
  • Arwen - lady Arwen. Undomiel. Evenstar.  Her birth and rise mark the close of the "Elven Chapter" in Middle-earth.
  • Sam wanted to wait on Frodo during the banquet. - Frodo is seated upon many fine cushions to give him the same “height”.
  • Gloin - THE Gloin. Companion of Thorin Oakenshield. - He talks a lot. Very excited to find a courteous “listener” in Frodo. - They swap stories about their homelands.
  • The Hall of Fire - a place of quiet and reflection… unless it's feast or banquet time.  Then it’s a place of songs and stories!
  • Stranger in the corner -- Bilbo! - The Ring
  • Strider-Aragorn-Dunadan
  • The Twins /Elladan and Elrohir,  Elrond’s twin sons. Absent from the banquet
  • Earendil - in the song -
  • Good old hobbit-talk
  • BEDTIME!

 Thoughts

  • “I wish you could have held out at Weathertop.”
    • (NJ - if he had not revealed himself by way of the Ring, would they have been able to fight them off with fire without them making an attack on Frodo?)
  • “There are many powers in the world, for good or for evil.”
    • “Some are greater than I am. Against some, I have not yet been measured. But my time is coming. The Morgul-lord and his Black Riders have come forth. War is preparing!”
    • (NJ - The powers of the world, their interaction with the people of the world has been greatly reduced in recent millennia. Yet we see these little hints that there is something larger happening in the story.)
  • “I thought, well, that they (the Big People) were just big and rather stupid: kind and stupid like Butterbur; or stupid and wicked like Bill Ferny”
    • “You don’t know much even about them if you think old Barliman is stupid,”
  • “I have known strong warriors of the Big People who would quickly have been overcome by that splinter, which you bore for seventeen days.”
    • (NJ - often we are reminded that there is more to the Hobbits than meets the eye)
  • Ringwraiths
    • Real horses
    • Real cloaks - to give shape to their nothingness
    • (NJ - nothing in the Seen, something in the Unseen)
  • Fragment of the blade
    • Frodo turning Wraith
    • With the ring on - like standing halfway between the worlds
  • “Those who have dwelt in the Blessed Realm live at once in both worlds, and against both the Seen and the Unseen they have great power.”
    • Blessed Realm
    • Seen and Unseen

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26. Q&A #2

The Nicks take a break from the chapters as an interlude between Books 1 and 2. Some reflection on the story so far, and questions from our listeners!

[Click to see show notes for episode 26]

25. BONUS - "Restaurant Review" - Green Dragon Brew Pub - Fond du Lac, WI

The Nicks, joined by Jake, Jenni, and Eowyn get together at the Green Dragon Brew Pub in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. If your name is the Green Dragon, we're interested in testing your fare, the food, and the drink. This short episode is cut from our whole meal together and barely passes as a review. 

[click to see show notes for episode 25]

The food was good, heavy and rich with cheese in the case of the flatbreads, but very enjoyable nonetheless. The potato wedges were delicious, with a crispy perfection. The Dragon Eggs were very good - Hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and deep fried - even the Nicks (who don't usually like hard boiled eggs found them delectable).The drinks were tasty, but nothing that would make the hair on your toes curl up with excitement.

The venue is standard bar restaurant, adequate but not any resemblance of a place that takes its name from Lord of The Rings. In fact, we don't know if the name is any reference to Tolkien's works. We would, however, like to go back and try some of the other pub food, the burgers for example.

Green Dragon Brew Pub Menu Cover

The Green Dragon - Flatbread

Eowyn's Green Dragon

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24. B1:C12 - Flight to the Ford - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks discuss embarrassing stories of when we were fools and couldn't remember what we did, Frodo's predicament, Glorfindel's shiny nature, slipping into the wraith world, a cavalry of waves, the geography, and history of this leg of the journey, and ending the first book on a cliffhanger.

[Click to see show notes for episode 24]

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What Happened Last Time?:

The company came together in the nick of time as Strider’s usefulness came through on the first night of their acquaintance. During the night at the Prancing Pony, Black Riders stole into the rooms set aside for the Hobbits, and brutally murdered their pillows, and in the words of Tommy Boy, “Woah, that was close.” After some trouble leaving town, Strider is able to get the company lost and out of sight of the Riders while making their way to Weathertop. Seven days, one funky lightning show, and a million bug bites later and they make it to Weathertop just in time for the Black Riders to ambush them and stab Frodo with a blade from Mordor. This is bad news.

Where Are We in the Narrative?:

Our Heroes have left home and hearth behind - beyond the Shire, beyond Bree - besides Bilbo, no other Hobbit in living memory has gone so far afield as these brave, foolhardy, unnatural hobbits. Joining in with a Ranger from the North - Strider, they inch closer to Rivendell while being chased by Black Riders of Mordor. Dark times have found the company, and they will likely need help to arrive safely at Rivendell, but help in the wild is very unlikely to be found.


Notes for this episode: 
FRODO:

  • What happened at Weathertop?
  • The Ring and his realization.
  • The wound.
    • What does it feel like
    • Eventually, it all but heals up to just a white mark…???
  • How does it affect him?
    • Strider comments that the Riders wounded him in such a fashion to make him unable to resist them.
    • shade/shadow over his eyes
    • The world looks pale
    • His friends look like shadows eventually
    • Shadows in his dreams
  • Another dream

GEOGRAPHY:

  • Wilderness of what once was Arnor/The Kingdoms of the North
    • Towers in the distance
    • No one lives here, not anymore
  • Hoarwell (river number 1)
    • The bridge.
    • The jewel.
      • Did it fall idly, or placed intentionally?  Either way, Strider is comforted.
  • Trollshaws
    • Bilbo’s story!
    • Sam’s song.
      • Talk about song…
        • How do you read it?
        • Do you read it sing-song, or actually give it a made-up melody?
  • The Bruinen (Loudwater) - The Ford (river number 2)

STRIDER:

  • Leadership in question… Sam doesn't trust him after he disappears post-Weathertop battle.
    • How does he respond to this?
  • What does he do to and with Frodo knowing that he was wounded by the Witch-king of Angmar?
    • How do the hobbits respond?
    • Athelas and its effects.

THE CHASE:

  • Some Black Riders from behind
  • Frodo hesitates - Glorfindel commands his horse to RUN!
    • Noro lim Asfaloth, noro lim!
  • Some Black Riders ahead
  • Frodo gets ahead and across the ford by the skin of his teeth
  • The standoff
  • The “cavalry of waves”
    • What does it mean?
    • Valar?
    • Intervention?

THE END OF THE FIRST BOOK:

  • Our first cliffhanger…
    • How does this compare and contrast with the literature you’re used to reading?
    • How does it to the rest of the book we’ve read so far?
    • Another Tolkienism...

Notable Difference(s) from Films:

  • Arwen instead of Glorfindel
  • Hard to determine how much time is passed even though they say it’s two weeks in the movie

Locations/Distance Traveled/Distance apart:

  • Wilderness of what once was Arnor
  • The Hoarwell
  • Trollshaws
  • The Bruinen (Loudwater) - the Ford

New Characters:

  • Glorfindel

What to Watch for in the Next Chapter:

  • We end on a cliffhanger! Does Frodo survive?

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23. B1:C11 - A Knife in the Dark - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks debate nerdy names for Nicholas' yet-to-be-born son. And the escape from Bree, march through Midgewater Marshes, and the back roads to Weathertop, and the attack on the company.

[Click to see show notes for episode 23]

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What Happened Last Time?:

Our Hobbits find themselves in the company of “Strider”, one of the rangers from the North. He knows more than he lets on initially and when tension is high none other than Butterbur comes bursting in finally delivering a letter for Frodo from GANDALF that he meant to deliver months ago.  Gandalf lobbies for Striders inclusion in the company, calling him by his true name “Aragorn” and the Hobbits agree to trust him.  Merry finally returns from his walk after being fetched by Nobb and tells us that the Black Riders are in Bree!  Strider helps them set decoys in their proper room and our hobbits drift off as night settles in and danger is closing!

Where Are We in the Narrative?:

Frodo and his companions have come all the way to Bree without the help of anyone, except Farmer Maggot and Tom Bombadil - now out of the Shire and in entirely new lands for any living Shire Hobbit save Bilbo the companions have taken on a new guide - Strider. With a little faith and a letter from Gandalf, and the almost certainty that they have no other choice their new companion plans to get them lost as soon as possible on road toward Weathertop and then toward Rivendell.

The Story in this Chapter:

  • Crickhollow attacked - 3 Black Riders
    • AWAKE ! FEAR! FIRE! FOES! AWAKE!
    • Last time the Horn of Buckland was sounded was 100 years ago, the white wolves came in the Fell Winter, when the Brandywine was frozen over
  • Prancing Pony infiltrated
    • The stable emptied
    • The southerner with no friends
  • Buying a pony from Bill
    • The goodness of Butterbur
  • Sam hits Bill in the face with an apple… and it was a waste of an apple
  • The Archet Feint / getting lost in a good way
    • “Short cuts, long cuts”
  • Midgewater Marshes (3rd day-5th day)
    • Neekerbreekers!
  • Lightning from the ground to the east (four nights out)
  • The moon!
  • Six days in the wilderness to get to Weathertop
  • History of Weathertop
    • Amon Sul
    • No barrows… the men of the west didn’t “live” here, but they defended it against Angmar.
    • It’s said that Elendil stood there watching Gil-Galad approach from the west in the days of the Last Alliance Gil Galad
    • “Starlight”
  • Fortnight to Rivendell
    • How long is a fortnight? (2 weeks
  • We get a bunch of the nature and limitations/ strengths of the Nazgul
  • The story of Tinuviel
    • Edith and John Tolkien's epitaphs "Beren" / "Luthien”
    • We’re told a wonderful story here, but the best telling is in the Silmarillion
  • Strider’s tale ends and the hobbits get up to stretch. They notice the moon rising above the hill and BOOOOM
  • Weathertop is attacked - 5 Black Riders
  • Un-hiding with the Ring
  • The crowned wraith
    • Approaches with a sword in one hand and a knife in the other.
      • This hand and blade are glowing when he approaches Frodo
  • Fire and ice the two blades
    • Frodo’s blade from the barrows - forged by the men of Westernesse to fight Angmar
    • The Crowned Wraith’s blade pierces with what feels like poisonous ice
  • Invoking the name of Elbereth!  Akin to “OH MY GOD!”

Notable Difference(s) from Films:

  • Top of the hill - in the ruins vs in the dell

Locations/Distance Traveled/Distance apart:

  • We leave Bree!  Archet, Midgewater Marsh, Amon Sul (Weathertop)

New Characters:

  • the Pony!

Info/History from Other Titles/Sources:

  1. Fell Winter - Tolkien Companion

What to Watch for in the Next Chapter:

  • Frodo was stabbed…. What does this mean in the long-run?

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22. B1:C10 - Strider - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks discuss whether Nicholas is in love with Aragorn and whether Frodo can trust Strider, the long-expected physical description of our main character, the danger outside, and a letter that is only 3 months late.

[Click to see show notes for episode 22]

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From the A Way With Words podcast episode entitled Pig Latin - 29 January 2017 -- "Why do so many people begin their sentences with the word So? In linguistics, this is called sentence-initial so. The word So at the start a sentence can serve a variety of functions."

What Happened Last Time?:

Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry take their leave of Tom Bombadil at the road outside of Bree, after a short walk they arrive at the gate at night and are greeted none-too-kindly by Harry the gatekeeper who is astonished that 4 Shire-hobbits have arrived after dark. Finding the Prancing Pony, and having a pleasant dinner Merry stays behind and/or goes for a walk in the town while Frodo, Sam, and Pippin visit the common room. They are greeted warmly by the locals, and find their stories welcome, though bordering on too much info. Frodo - trying to divert attention away from too many questions - accidentally makes their position much worse and raises more questions about themselves than ever.

Where Are We in the Narrative?:

Frodo and co. have finally made it to Bree after setting out from the Shire (small delays in the Old Forest and the Barrow Downs aside.) Gandalf is still MIA and word is spreading that he is unaccounted for.  A mysterious Ranger knows perhaps more than we’d like of Frodo Baggins of the Shire, and Rivendell seems a lofty distance away………………*OMINOUS*

The Story in this Chapter: (We didn't keep to our notes in the same way as other episodes)

  • Words we use differently - faggot
  • Strider - serious, friendly?, scared, knowledgeable, full of warnings, rascally look, quick ears, hunter, can avoid being seen, laughs, smiles, older than he looks, knows the lands from the Shire to the Misty Mountains (more?)
    • Reminds me of the CONSTANT VIGILANCE of Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody
  • Overheard the hobbits on the road out of the downlands
    • Has been looking for Frodo
    • Hopped the gate
  • Things he says that show he knows things and/or is a friend
    • Knows Tom Bombadil
    • He knows what chases them, and their number (not given)
    • He knows Frodo’s first name, not just Baggins
    • “The secret”
      • Later mentions the Ring, no one mentions it before.
    • He speaks the verse
    • Shows the broken blade
    • Mentions that he learned of Frodo’s leaving the Shire from Gildor Inglorion
  • Bill Ferny
    • Swarthy sneering fellow
      • Swarthy means dark skinned (additional sources #1)
    • Would sell anything to anybody and make mischief for amusement
    • Friendly with a Southern stranger
  • Strider’s face and body language when speaking of the black riders
    • He is really afraid of them, which should scare the hobbits even more
    • “You fear them, but you do not fear them enough”
  • Sam - voice of reason? Caution
    • Stereotype of a vagabond
  • Frodo’s leadership
    • “Caution is one thing, and wavering is another”
    • Assumes that the riders have missed him.
  • Before the night is over the Black Riders will have heard of Frodo
  • Butterbur Arrives
    • Apologies aplenty - though weak
    • First descriptions of Frodo’s physicality (it’s only chapter 10)
      • Stout, red cheeks, taller than some, fairer than most, cleft chin, perky with a bright eye.
  • Frodo Baggins - Number 1 Bagshot Row - Bag End - Hobbiton in the Shire
    • Mid Year’s Day - Summer Solstice
      • We would think of this as the first day of Summer
      • EncArda - Mid-year’s Day - The day that marked the middle of the year
        • Also called Loëndë, the day that fell in the middle of the year was an important feature in many of the calendars of Middle-earth. On a modern calendar, Mid-year's Day would be 22 June.
        • (Additional Sources #2)
    • If Gandalf is not with him - he may be in trouble
      • Trouble is not far off - the black riders
      • Dogs yammering - geese screaming
      • Butterbur slammed the door on them
        • They’re getting a lot of rejection
  • Blocking Strider
    • Would never leave Bree
      • The idea makes him scared
  • MORDOR - The Shadow in the East
    • Butterbur even more scared
    • The worst news in Bree
  • Story of Bilbo known in Bree - people putting it all together
  • Merry is still missing
  • The Letter - Post Scripts
    • Gandalf was in haste and had to add three addendums to make sure he told all
      • 1 - don’t use it again - an assumption?
      • 2 - The real Strider - thanks for the poem…
        • Aragorn
        • Broken sword
      • 3 - Poor, poor, Butterbur
  • Gandalf in great danger
    • Not just a firework maker
  • Trust Strider?
    • Trust without proofs
    • “The enemy has set traps for me before now”
    • Wants friendship
    • Pippin - Handsome is as handsome does
      • “You would die first unless you are made of sterner stuff than you look to be”
    • Sam - Play-acting spy
      • “If I was after the ring” ← first-time “ring” is used this chapter
    • “If by my life or death I can save you, I will”
    • Enemy would “Seem fairer and feel fouler”
  • The verse
  • Out of Bree
    • Get lost
    • Go to Weathertop
  • Strider and Gandalf
    • Came back to the area in the Spring
    • Sarn Ford down the Brandywine - 1st of May
      • Strider learned the original plan
    • Strider is troubled about Gandalf’s absence
  • Word came to Strider from elven folk of Gildor had spread the word that Gandalf was missing and that the Riders were about.
    • Also, that Frodo has left Hobbiton - but no news about leaving Buckland (success!)
  • What can hold Gandalf back? - THE enemy?
    • “This business of ours will be his greatest task
  • Merry finally comes in, out of breath, he just saw the black riders!
    • Strider asks for more details, Merry is hesitant (first time he’s met him!)
    • Aragorn tells him he has a stout heart (dare I say surprised at him? Are they already proving more hardy than they look?), but Merry was “drawn somehow” after the Rider.
    • 2 Figures - one Muttering the other whispering or hissing.
    • Something knocked him over, made him feel like he had fallen into deep water.  Nobb found him with two men stooped over him… he called over to them and they fled.
      • Nobb shouting is also possibly a brave thing - though he lives in a place where Man-kind and Hobbit-kind are equals - maybe not so brave as typical for him.
    • Strider calls it “the black breath” and declares that the southerner is a spy, and Bill Ferny too!
    • Reassures that the Riders will not openly attack a home….. Yet.
    • Stay here… and do not go to your rooms… we’ll stay together and bar the door.
  • Frodo catches Merry up on everything he has missed while Strider and Nobb grab their luggage.
    • Nobb is proud of creating decoys of the hobbits in their rooms.
    • Pippin (at Frodo’s expense) - “Very lifelike”
    • Uncommon word for Nicholas when he first read this story - “Bolster” A long thick pillow placed under other pillows to add support or bolster them.
  • They block the door with a chair, Frodo draws the curtains and Strider lights a fire and sits in the chair against the door.
  • “Jumped over the moon… very ridiculous of you Frodo,” comments Merry.
  • Strider - “I hope so.”
  • SLEEP!

Other comments or observations:

  • What is the timing of the events alluded to in the chapter?
    • Gandalf met Strider - May 1
    • Gandalf wrote the letter (Mid-Year - June 22)- where was Frodo?
    • How many weeks has Frodo and company lost?
      • For that matter - how long has Gandalf been missing?

Notable Difference(s) from Films:

  • Much shorter sequence, Nobb is not involved, nor are any southerners or spies.
  • No letter from Gandalf.
  • We are not told Strider’s true name this soon in the films.

Locations/Distance Traveled/Distance apart:

  • Still in Bree/ The Prancing Pony

New Characters:

  • Bill Ferny - The swarthy, sneering, Breelander

Info/History from Other Titles/Sources:

  1. https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/swarthy - Swarthy means dark skinned. If you like tall, dark and handsome men, you find a swarthy complexion attractive. Not everyone with dark skin is swarthy. The word is usually used to describe someone whose skin is weather beaten and darkened by the sun, or has an olive complexion.
  2. http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/m/midyearsday.html

What to Watch for in the Next Chapter:

  • Back on the road with a new guide - trying to get lost in the wilderness - hoping Strider is a good guy (he is).

21. B1:C9 - At the Sign of the Prancing Pony - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks discuss going to the bar alone; being a stranger in a new land; Bree, the Bree-folk, and their sayings; the types people that travel through Bree and the Prancing Pony, and more!

[Click to see show notes for episode 21]

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Notes for this episode:

What Happened Last Time?

The hobbits get a restful night's sleep and leave the HOTB early in the morning making way through the Barrow Downs and up back to the main road to continue on to the village of Bree. BUT ITS NOT THAT EASY. After an unplanned inside-of-the-eyelids study leaning up against a standing stone session Frodo wakes up, it's dark out and FOG IS EVERYWHERE!!!  He tried to find the hobbits, gets caught by a wight, wakes up in a barrow, spots the others looking rightly terrible and, losing all hope, calls for Tom to come help using that little song.  Tom saves the day by gets them out of their predicament and walks them back up to the main road.

Where Are We in the Narrative?

Our heroes are finally arriving at what we can likely call our first major checkpoint of the adventure, Bree. After shortcuts through forests and fields, disastrous dealing with menacing trees, and barrow wights, and the luck of finding a friend in Farmer Maggot and Tom Bombadil to aid them on their road: Leaving the Shire has not been as easy as they, nor Gandalf would have predicted, and going back into civilization is both a relief and a threat. Many eyes and ears prying, who knows who is friend, and who is foe?

 

The Story in this Chapter:

  • The Breeland
  • Rangers
  • The Big Folk and the Little Folk
    • The Bree Folk
    • “Outsiders” to the Shire Folk
      • Many outsiders?
  • Dyke and Gate and the two main roads
    • “Strange as news from Bree”
  • The Northern Lands are desolate - What was up there? What is there now?  ANGMAR!  The old capital of Arnor, Annuminas, was northwest as well, on the shores of Lake Evendim.
  • Gatekeeper (Harry)
    • Suspicious of the Hobbits, and suspicious to the Hobbits
  • Dark Figure over the gate
    • Strider?
    • Black Rider?
    • Gollum?
  • Sam quails at the size of men
  • Prancing Pony First Impressions
  • Barliman Butterbur - thoughts?
    • short for a man - he’s a bit taller than hobbits and a bit shorter than most men
    • Seems to be a master of his trade. Can talk, knows when to be quiet and unassuming, friendly and inviting
    • His talk "doesn’t have no point" - he catches the Hobbits up on the basic particulars of what is happening in the inn tonight.
  • Bree Sayings
    • Strange as news from Bree (East Farthing)
    • It never rains, but it pours
    • There’s no accounting for East and West (the Rangers and Shire Folk) - The Bree version of “Strange as news from Bree”
  • Frodo, Sam, Pippin to the common room
  • Merry to hang back and maybe go for a walk outside
  • Bree Hobbits and names
  • Frodo using geography and history which are not used in Bree much, difference in language, or maybe difference in class/education
    • Mr. Brandybuck, Mr. Took, Sam Gamgee, Mr. Underhill
  • The Southerner
    • Solo?
    • Part of the company come up the Greenway?
  • Strider
    • Note the way he is described - physically
    • Tolkien gives as little as possible to describe
  • Even stranger travelers in Bree
  • Frodo’s foolish action
    • The Ring - A call from outside?
    • A jump over the moon - a slip - and the Ring’s opportunity to reveal itself
  • A song!
    • Tolkien’s purpose in writing the types of things he did, was to give England a kind of mythology, of which it was robbed by the arrival of invaders who brought their own.
    • In a little way, this is the same thing - giving us a long version of Hey Diddle Diddle
  • Is Frodo a traveling magician?!
  • Swarthy Breelander (Bill Ferny), Squint-eyed Southerner, and Harry the gatekeeper leave together
    • Harry and Bill both gatekeepers? (totally speculation)
  • Trying to describe the scene to Barliman
  • Strider uses Frodo’s proper surname and says that he put his foot in it or rather his finger
  • Clearing the house
  • Private meetings

Other comments or observations:

  • Who climbs over the wall?

Notable Difference(s) from Films:

We are back in line with the films!  Sort of.  The feel of Bree is remarkably different, especially TPP.

Locations/Distance Traveled/Distance apart:

  • East of the HoTB - up into the Barrow-downs, then northward toward the main road leading into the village of Bree.

New Characters:

  • Everyone our hobbits encounter!
  • Barliman
  • Strider
  • Harry at the Gate/Southerner/Breelander 

What to Watch for in the Next Chapter:

  • We learn more about Strider and our journey really begins.

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20. B1:C8 - Fog on the Barrow-downs - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks discuss the consequences of sleeping, mid-day naps, getting lost in the fog, being ambushed by wights, running naked in the sun, singing about "old Fatty Lumpkin", and the history of Angmar and the small Kingdoms of former Arnor.

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Notes for this episode

What Happened Last Time?:

The Hobbits have found possibly the strangest thing in Middle-earth in the form of Tom Bombadil. “Master”, “eldest”, “he is as you see him” are just some of the terms used to describe the who and what of good ol’ Tom. Through song and tale he weaves his knowledge and divulges the hearts and goings on of the trees and other fantastic beasts in the Old Forest, and he even knows a thing or two about the Ring, though it curiously doesn’t seem to affect him very much, if at all. Now the Hobbits, are laid to rest before venturing forth from the house of Tom Bombadil back toward the road, and then toward Rivendell.

The Story in this Chapter:

  • Waking
  • Leave taking
  • Goldberry is calling after them!
  • A view of the road - but not really
  • An unexpected nap
  • Fog on the Barrow-downs
  • “Follow me!”... “Where are you guys?”
  • Atop the Barrow
  • Within the Barrow
  • Garbed in white, with circlets, and rings
  • A sword lay across their necks
  • A SEVERED ARM crawls toward them like a macabre spider
  • Calling out to Tom Bombadil Frodo finds his voice again.
  • Running in the sun to shake off the darkness
  • Fatty Lumpkin - Tom’s pony!
  • On the road to Bree.

Other comments or observations:

  • Angmar!  Carn Dum!   Nick Andrew LOVES THESE PLACES!!
  • Referenced in the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as the reason Bolg travels north and Tauriel and Legolas follow him -- the threat of a resurrected Angmar is too much to ignore!
  • LotRO Players who completed the first major story arc of the game's narrative got to know Angmar extremely well. Most of you even got to play through a raid into Carn Dum itself.
  • Speaking of Carn Dum, it's an oddity in the world of Middle-earth as we don’t exactly know what that name means… we can assume it is a compound of Elvish and Dwarvish, in which case it means “the Red Halls.”  Creepy, eh?
  • Angmar was founded in midway point through the third age of ME with a singular purpose… DESTROY any and all remnant of the North that brought about Sauron’s demise at the War of the Last Alliance.  
  • Witch-king!!!!!!

Notable Difference(s) from Films:

We get a small shot of the fog-laden Barrow-downs as one of the Nazgul looks over it atop his horse.

Locations/Distance Traveled/Distance apart:

  • East of the HoTB - up into the Barrow-downs, then northward toward the main road leading into the village of Bree.

New Characters:

  • The barrow wight

Info/History from Other Titles/Sources:

  • Lots of information about Carn Dum and Angmar in Tolkien’s various other published works. I highly encourage you to check them out -- even if you just google it.

What to Watch for in the Next Chapter:

  • BREE!

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19. B1:C7 - In The House of Tom Bombadil - [LoTR Read Along]

In this episode the Nicks discuss what it's like to be the house guest of the biggest enigma in literary history - as Nick likes to say. Nicholas asks about potentially bad habits of being a house guest, and together they try to uncover some clues about Tom Bombadil and his wife Goldberry - the River Woman's Daughter.

[Click to see show notes for episode 19]

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Notes for this episode

Last Time - In the Lord of The Rings:
Frodo, Pippin, Merry, and Sam have reached a safe haven…. Or have they?!  After a dizzying experience in the Old Forest and a harrowing brush with death at the roots of Old Man Willow our hobbits are invited to the home of a strange man who seems to have saved them from danger with mere song.  Who is this “Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadillo”, and was it mere chance that he happened on them just in the nick of time?  

The Story in this Chapter:

  • They are greeted by Goldberry, Frodo is stirred into a sudden outburst of song.
  • The hobbits can’t help but SING when they are in the HoTB
  • Song is everywhere in the HoTB!  Everywhere.
  • They bathe and are treated to an amazing dinner where they all drink sing together.
  • Dreams - each of the hobbits has a dream (Except Sam).
  • Frodo clearly dreams of a tower that we may or may not have talked about in the prologue series… and an old man with white hair wielding a staff.
  • The hobbits are all comforted back into sleep by the words spoken earlier by Tom and/or Goldberry.
  • Tom tells stories by speaking and singing -- as he tells them the hobbits lose themselves in his words.
  • They learn all about Old Man Willow. They also keep losing him and then catching up with his song/tale.
  • Tom tells them he came before. He is “Eldest”.  What could this mean?

Notable Difference(s) from Films:

“Gnawing, biting, breaking, hacking, burning.” is a line given by Treebeard in the films when he describes creatures that come into the woods.  This line here is spoken by Tom when he is telling the Hobbits about the ways of trees.

New Characters:

  • Tom Bombadil
  • Goldberry

What to Watch for in the Next Chapter:

The Barrows!


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18. B1:C6 - The Old Forest - [LotR Read Along]

The Nicks discuss walking in the woods and being scared in real life. The Hobbits come in close contact with the menace of the trees, Old Man Willow, and a stranger called Tom Bombadil.

[Click to see show notes for episode 18]

What Happened Last Time?:

Frodo, Pippin, Merry, Sam, and Fatty Bolger have finally met up in Frodo’s new house at Crickhollow. After a bath, and some supper, the friends talk about what has happened on their journey through the Shire. Frodo, though reluctant, is finally put on the point of telling his friends that he is leaving the Shire altogether, but, as it turns out, he doesn’t have to because they already know a good deal of the story themselves. With Sam gathering information the friends have helped Frodo by conspiring to help him on his journey toward Rivendell. With final preparations in order, a quick night’s sleep is all that separates these Hobbits from their adventure into the Old Forest and beyond.

Where Are We in the Narrative?:

Frodo has finally made it to his home at Crickhollow in his attempt to disguise his departure from the Shire, his mission to take the Ring to Rivendell is about to start. His friends have conspired to help him, which is very welcome to Frodo especially as Gandalf is still conspicuously missing! Though none of them fully understand the dangerous road they are embarking on... they at least have each other.

The Story in this Chapter: 

  • Waking up at 4:30 AM is hard to do
    • On the road by 6:00 AM
  • Through the Hedge
    • When trees attack
  • The menace of the trees
    • With ears to hear
  • The Clearing - “Bonfire Glade”
    • Still empty of trees - a safe place?
    • The trees really can move, and the trail on the other side.
    • Can they erase trails or just move them around?
      • Do created things count differently? Capital ‘P’ Places
  • The bald hill
    • Speaking the plan out loud
  • All roads lead to Withywindle
    • Down and to the right until you get to the river
    • The Barrow’s effect in the River, and on the forest?
  • The Lullaby of Papa Willow
    • Words in the wind
    • Suspicious Sam
  • The Revenge of Old Man Willow -or “Get off my roots!”
    • Sam saves the ponies
    • And Frodo
    • OTHER SOURCES: See #1
  • Deep rooted laughter -or- Feeling the heat
    • “He’ll squeeze me in two”
  • The voice of Tom Bombadil
    • Stops Frodo and Sam in their tracks “...they stopped short as if they had been struck stiff.”
    • Much more to come next time
  • An invitation to supper, a lawn, and a brick-lined path.

Other comments or observations:

Notable Difference(s) from Films:

All of this forest is missing from the movie, the only parts that survive in the extended cuts are lines given to Treebeard and a tree that attacks Merry and Pippin in the same way Old Man Willow does.

Locations/Distance Traveled/Distance apart:

  • The Old Forest
  • The River Withywindle
  • The House of Tom Bombadil

New Characters:

  • Old Man Willow
  • Tom Bombadil
  • Goldberry

Info/History from Other Titles/Sources:

  1. The Complete Tolkien Companion 3rd Edition - Entry: “Old Man Willow”
  2. More next time from the Letters

What to Watch for in the Next Chapter:

Possibly the strangest creature in all of Middle-earth has just invited the hobbits to his home - what effect will he have on the hobbits, the journey, the Ring?

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17. B1:C5 - A Conspiracy Unmasked - [LoTR Read Along]

In this episode, The Nicks rip apart Buzzfeed's attempt at knowing things about LoTR, discuss Chapter 9 - A Conspiracy Unmasked, and decide if they would rather be in Frodo's shoes or Fatty's.

[Click to see show notes for episode 17]

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LoTRproject.com interactive map - Caution: spoilers for new readers!

Notes for this episode

This is the quiz we worked from for the beginning of the episode, though we don't highly recommend it. There are spoilers, mistakes, and a lot of partial answers.

What Happened Last Time?

Frodo, Pippin, and Sam took a shortcut through the forest and across the field from Woodhall toward the ferry. Though it was harder than the road and took them off course, it seems to have been a good idea because they missed the black riders the whole day, and the end up on Farmer Maggot’s farm. While there Farmer Maggot feeds them and offers to take them by cart to the ferry, where they happen to meet their friend - Merry.

Where Are We in the Narrative?:

Frodo, Sam, and Pippin are on the border of the Shire, in Buckland, where Crickhollow resides. Danger has come upon them sooner than anyone, including Gandalf, could have imagined. Frodo must leave for Rivendell immediately, in spite of Gandalf’s continued absence. But, Frodo is miserable because he doesn’t know how to tell his friends that he is leaving.

The Story in this Chapter:

  • Over the ferry
  • Buckland (Bucklebury is almost a suburb of Buckland… it's its own small country!)
  • Crickhollow
    • Very hobbit-hole like, despite being a house. Creature comforts -even arranged similarly to Bag End
  • Conspirators revealed DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!!!!
  • Making plans
    • Preparations already made - because Merry is a boss.
    • Fatty stays behind - who has the more dangerous role?
  • Resting up for the first leg of the journey through the Old Wood and Eastward to Rivendell
  • Frodo has a weird dream -- on a tower, near the seeaaaaaa [turtles]

Notable Difference(s) from Films:

  • All of this is missing from the movie

Locations/Distance Traveled/Distance apart:

  • Bucklebury Ferry
  • Buck Hill & Brandy Hall
  • Bucklebury
  • Crickhollow
  • Probably a total of around 5 miles

New Characters (but not really):

  • Fredegar Fatty Bolger

What to Watch for in the Next Chapter:

The Journey out of the Shire begins with the next chapter as Frodo and company enter into the potentially dangerous Old Forest on the borders of Buckland.

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16. B1:C4 - Shortcut to Mushrooms - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks discuss Chapter Four of Fellowship - Getting caught in the bogs and thickets, Black Riders, Bamfurlong, Farmer Maggot's dogs, whether Frodo's story mirrors Bilbo's, narrow misses, social status, and traveling in the fog without lanterns.

[Click to see show notes for episode 16]


Nicholas Jon sounds like he's hiding from the black riders in a tin can, and tries a looser editing style. Nick Andrew lives in the loudest place possible and tries to imagine Sam's fangirling over the Elves with a real-world example... from his own experience? We'll never know.

 

Maps

Map of Middle-earth 

LoTRproject.com interactive map - Caution: spoilers for new readers! 

 

Last time in The Lord of The Rings

Frodo inherited the Ring from Bilbo and learned that it is the One Ring and must be destroyed. He sells his house and takes his friends on an adventure through the Shire only to be dogged by a black rider. Some elves take them in for the night and give them the advice to not wait for Gandalf.

 

Where are we in the narrative?

Frodo, Sam, and Pippin are still in the Shire making their way to Buckleberry Ferry and then on to Crickhollow, Frodo’s new house. The Elves showed concern for Frodo especially when they heard that the travelers have seen a black rider and Gandalf hasn’t come as promised. Unwillingly the Elves give the advice to move ahead with their plan and not to wait for Gandalf.

 

Notes for this episode

The Story in this Chapter:

  • A chance to get to know Hobbits better
  • Thinking at breakfast? Hobbits are supposed to EAT!! Food is their THING.
  • Frodo speaking aloud - sign of the Ring?
  • The change coming over Sam
  • Oracle-esque? Something in his heart/gut tells him that he “has to see it through.”
  • Shortcuts
    • Golden Perch, Ivy Bush, Green Dragon (Most of the buildings mentioned in the Shire are Inns)
    • If you look at the map - the road (trail?) to Woodhall dead-ends. Was Frodo planning to go over the country from the beginning?
  • Pippin - and Hobbit jesting/poking/digging “First check.”
  • Sam saves the company - “You’ve got sharp ears, Sam”
    • Is this a recognition of having spotted the rider
    • Or a request to listen and keep an ear out?
  • Golden Drink (possibly Miruvor as we later learn) - alcohol? stimulant? some other nourishing thing? REDBULL!
  • The first Nazgul cry - “There are words in the cry,” and that was no hobbit voice.
  • The ease at which the Hobbits forget their fear when the Shire does its thing.
  • Bamfurlong is a great bit of LoTR trivia - good to have in your back pocket to show your knowledge - also useful as a substitute curse word when around children.
  • Farmer Maggot
  • How near the miss - Nazgul / Frodo at Farmer Maggot’s
  • Sam’s suspicious nature
  • Dogs response to the Nazgul (movie-book)
  • Maggot tells off a Nazgul - “Back where you belong” - funny because he doesn’t really know what that might mean
  • 14 to dinner - some mirroring to Bilbo? Bilbo had 15 - symbolically could show the incompleteness of the party (Gandalf? Merry? The rest?)
  • Sam’s position showing? - “You & Pippin and all” - “You & Merry (Maggot’s closer friend) and all”
  • Sundown - and they only got to the farm from Woodhall
    • 5+ more miles to the ferry
  • Frodo is anxious - Pippin is drowsy - Sam is watchful “I want Mr. Baggins, have you seen him?” - not as effective in the audio book - frighteningly ambiguous in writing.

Other comments or observations:

  • Book pacing
    • Natural divide between character based narrative and descriptive narrative?
    • Fast = action and character?
    • Or Fast = a lack of world description?
    • Slow = A lot of everything? - For Tolkien the physical world is hugely important - character-like - but the characters are not described in much detail.
      • We can see the world, and the people in it, but we can’t see their faces except as we imagine them to be.
  • Some books with different pacing
    • Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan - slow (though starts okay)
    • Belgariad - David Eddings - Quick pace - every chapter moves the story ahead
    • Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - Very fast pace (movie like cuts)
    • Lord of the Rings - Slower very descriptive - minimal character description - not a lot of politic-ing

Notable Difference(s) from Films: All of this is missing from the movie

Locations/Distance Traveled/Distance apart: The actual distance traveled is probably 20 miles maximum including 5+ by cart.

New Characters: Farmer Maggot and his family/household

Info/History from Other Titles/Sources: Letter 206 - Funny incident where Tolkien went to a Hobbit Dinner and spoke, and on the menu was “Maggot Soup” which was, of course, mushroom soup named for Farmer Maggot.

What to Watch for in the Next Chapter: Next chapter Frodo and all finally make it to Crickhollow - but Frodo needs to leave right away. He will have to tell his friends that he is going, but he doesn’t know how to break it to them.

 

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15. Q&A #1

The Nick's go live on Facebook and answer questions collected from our listeners.

The questions and answers in today's episode may contain spoilers and are not limited to the chapters already covered in the read along.

[Click to see show notes for episode 15]

14. B1:C3 - Three is Company - [LoTR Read Along]

 

The Nicks discuss Frodo's departure from Bag End, dealing with the Sackville-Bagginses, Gaffer Gamgee (a ninja?), Black Riders, High Elves, and walking through the Shire - which should have been the safest part of the journey.

[Click to see show notes for episode 14]

Maps

Map of Middle-earth 

LoTRproject.com interactive map - Caution: spoilers for new readers!

 

How far 20 miles around you? If you were Sam, how far would your geographic knowledge take you?

Last time in The Lord of The Rings

Last episode we spoke about Gandalf, and how he chased all over Middle-earth to learn everything he could about the ring Bilbo found in Gollum's cave nearly 80 years ago. With Bilbo gone, and Frodo the new owner of the Ring (and Bag End), danger is growing and coming ever closer to the Shire. Frodo, under the guidance of Gandalf, and with the companionship of his gardener, Sam Gamgee, must get the Ring OUT of the Shire to save his home from danger!

 

Where are we in the narrative?

Bilbo Baggins, who found a “Magic” Ring nearly 80 years ago, wills the Ring to his heir Frodo. Gandalf the wizard has discovered the true identity of Frodo’s ring. The Ring is the One Ring that the Dark Lord Sauron made, to dominate the whole world. Frodo learns that the only way to defeat the Dark Lord is to destroy the Ring, but that can only be done in the fires of Mt. Doom where it was made. Frodo then decides that he must take the Ring away from the Shire to protect his homeland, and also help the free people of Middle-earth to defeat the Dark Lord.

 

Notes for this episode

Cheese fest is a thing in Wisconsin - there are several held around the state

Gaffer Gamgee - The Ninja - Nick Andrew promises a prize for a fanfic about the Gaffer being or becoming a ninja.

  • Frodo plans to leave the Shire at around the time of his Birthday
  • Gandalf suggests that he travel to Rivendell, the home of Elrond
    • Gandalf leaves after 2 months in the Shire (around June)
  • Frodo sells Bag End to the Sackville-Bagginses
    • Hints that he may be running out of money
  • Merry helps to find a home in Buckland called Crickhollow
  • We see how the Hobbits are when they’re not as polite as they might seem
    • Lobelia walking into Bag End and declaring “Ours at last!”
    • Leaving the dishes for Lobelia - tid for tat - little jabs at each other.
  • Strange voices and conversations down the hill
  • The first Black Rider
    • Another song “Upon the hearth...” - 3rd stanza becomes Pippin’s song in the movie
  • Second Black Rider
    • The High Elves
    • Gildor Inglorion
      • Worried about the news of Black Riders
      • Unwilling to give advice
      • Sam feels safe enough to fall asleep, but not willing to leave Frodo
      • VERY unwilling to give advice
      • Gandalf is missing - DANGER - RED FLAG!

 

Notable Difference(s) from Films:

Frodo and Sam leave together -- IMMEDIATELY, with no “alternate residence” misdirect.

Accidentally meet up with Merry and Pippin who are running away with some carrots.

The Black Rider is not in Hobbiton in the movie, instead is somewhere further away.

 

Locations/Distance Traveled/Distance apart:

The Shire (we don’t get very far this episode)

New Characters:

  • Peregrin “Pippin” Took
  • Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck
  • Fredegar “Fatty” Bolger
  • Folco Boffin
  • Gildor Inglorion et al

 

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13. B1:C2 - The Shadow of the Past - Part 2: Gandalf [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks discuss favorite musical themes from the films, the motions of Gandalf throughout Middle-earth and the hunting of Gollum in Chapter 2 of The Lord of The Rings.

[Click to see show notes for episode 13]

This is part 2 of this discussion - in the first part we discussed the chapter from Frodo's point of view. Click to go back to that discussion.

Maps

Map of Middle-earth 

LoTRproject.com interactive map - Caution: spoilers for new readers!

If you had to pick one musical theme from the films as your favorite, which would it be?

Nicholas Jon's pick - The Charge of the Rohirrim - the fully developed and orchestrated version of the Rohirrim theme.

Nick Andrew's pick - The Grey Havens - The final version of the Grey Havens theme

An orchestrated version of Into The West. The melody/vocal line is played on the cello.

Fellowship Reunited - the fully formed and matured Shire theme first heard in Concerning Hobbits.

Last time in The Lord of The Rings

Last episode we spoke about Frodo, and how he experienced the chapter as Gandalf laid an almighty hammer blow of scariness. The Dark Lord Sauron is looking for The Ring, and he now knows about the Shire and the name Baggins.

Where are we in the narrative?

Through dangers untold, and hardships unnumbered, Gandalf has traveled many paths to find the secrets of the Ring that Frodo has inherited. He returns to the Shire to find that, so far, all is well. But danger is closer than Frodo ever thought - it is in his pocket. Gandalf tells his story of how he pieced together the puzzle of the One Ring and how it came to Gollum and thus to Bilbo.

Notes for this episode

Episode 6 - Places of Middle-earth - [Prologue 0.6

Gandalf pieces the history of the ring together (more or less chronologically)

  • Eregion - the first Elven-rings were made by Celebrimbor

Reference chart for the pronunciation of Elvish words

8. Magic, Maiar, & The Rings of Power - []Prologue 0.8]

  • Sauron makes the One Ring
  • After many years the Last Alliance faces off with Sauron
  • Isildur, Elendil’s son cuts the Ring from Sauron and claims the Ring
  • The Ring is not destroyed
  • The Ring betrayed Isildur in the river Anduin
  • The Ring is lost
  • Deagol finds the Ring

Deagol finds the ring in the Anduin - Ring saves him from drowning?

  • Deagol is promptly killed by Smeagol
  • Smeagol is cast out, and eventually finds his way into the roots of the Misty Mountains
  • The Ring eventually abandons Smeagol
  • Bilbo finds the Ring

The Gollum’s Road

  • Bilbo and Gollum have their riddle contest
  • Bilbo wins on a technicality
  • vSmeagol doesn’t take too kindly to this
  • After a couple of years Smeagol leaves the mountains
  • Makes his way through Mirkwood to Dale
  • Learns that Bilbo was there, and where he is from
  • Back through Mirkwood avoiding the Wood Elves who are tracking him
  • Turning aside he presumably went toward Mordor
  • He was eventually captured and brutally interrogated
  • He told his captors enough that they now know Baggins has it and it is in the Shire
  • He escaped or possibly released
  • He was hunted by Aragorn and Gandalf
  • When found Gandalf spoke with him for many weary days to learn what he knew
  • He was left under the guard of the Wood Elves in Mirkwood

5. Peoples of Middle-earth: Orcs, Trolls, & Wraiths - Prologue 0.5

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12. B1:C2 - The Shadow of the Past - Part 1: Frodo [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks find out which hobbit they are most like, and discuss Chapter 2 from Frodo's perspective. Who is more scared, Gandalf who knows better, Frodo who doesn't understand but is holding the Ring, or Sam who doesn't understand and is mostly afraid of Gandalf?

[Click to see show notes for episode 12]

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Notes for this episode

What Happened Last Time?:
Bilbo and Frodo shared a birthday! Frodo came of age for a hobbit (33), and Bilbo turned a whopping eleventy-one years old. During his speech, Bilbo said farewell, slipping on his magic ring and VANISHED! Gandalf followed him back up to Bag End, they had a bit of a tiff over the ring and how Bilbo was acting very strangely. Ultimately, Bilbo let the ring go, leaving it to his nephew Frodo, and set out for a final “adventure”. After a short but odd conversation with Gandalf the next morning, Frodo was left alone in Bag End to tie up his uncle's affairs.

Where Are We in the Narrative?:
Chapter 2 carries us through the next few years after Bilbo leaves. We go from 3001 to 3018 TA, Frodo is turning 50, and life in the Shire changes almost as little as Frodo does. The Hobbits are noticing that the big folk and foreigners are on the move to places that the Hobbits only suspect (they’ve never actually been there).

What hobbit are you most like - take the quiz along with the Nicks

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11. B1:C1 - A Long-expected Party - [LoTR Read Along]

The Nicks are ready to go on an adventure, and there's no better way to start than with a party! But after the food, drink, friends, and fireworks, how is it that such a little thing can cause such big problems? And how does this chapter kick off such an expansive story?

[Click to see show notes for episode 11]

This is the first episode of an ongoing read-along podcast series, for The Lord of The Rings. If you are reading along (and we encourage you to do so), especially if this is your first time reading this book: we recommend that you finish reading Chapter 1 of Book 1 in The Fellowship of The Ring.

Send us your questions about this chapter or any other Tolkien/Middle-earth topic. Links below!

NOTE: Nicholas Jon's audio was destroyed by a digital Balrog - and we were forced to use our backup track for his audio.

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Map of Middle-earth 

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Notes from this episode:

"Who or what brought you to Middle-earth or The Lord of The Rings?"

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Novel or Novels? - Listen to Episode

Last Time In The Lord of The Rings

Bilbo went on an adventure with the wizard Gandalf and some Dwarves, on the way he found a magical golden ring that helped to make him invisible. Many different things happened throughout that narrative as a result of Bilbo allowing himself to become invisible. Close that story and fast forward 60 years, and Bilbo is very much the same as he was at the end of the Hobbit narrative, and he’s itching for another adventure.

Where Are We in the Narrative?

Year 3001 of the third age - The Shire - Bilbo is turning eleventy-one (111) and Frodo, his adopted heir, and nephew, is turning 33 and coming of age. Bilbo and Frodo are planning an extravagant joint birthday party to celebrate, and everyone is invited.

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3001 is the same as Shire Reckoning 1401.

Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?

This story is told from the perspective of a "Third Person (Omniscient)" narrator, in short, this means that the narrator is separate from or watching the action, and also happens to be able to know all of the actions, thoughts, or feelings of anyone in the world in any place or time.

Read More about Tolkien's choice of narration here:

Hobbit Culture - Listen to Episode 2

Read more about J.R.R. Tolkien's writing style here:

Family Stories and the Re-hashing of the same stories over and over again

- Think of the Hobbits as a big family, telling these stories is a way of keeping their identity, culture, and public opinions intact, and in check. Read more about why we might tell family stories here: 

Read about Tolkien's use of poetry in The Lord of The Rings

The Nicks think this is an interesting video: 
Sir Ian McKellen, on acting - [VIDEO]

New Characters from this episode (dates in Shire Reckoning)

  • Bilbo - Loner - Rich - Peculiar - Long-lived - Eccentric! - Feels stretched - 1290 - first adventure at age 50 - returned to the Shire in 1340
  • Frodo - young - coming of age - generally liked by all, especially the younger cousins - 1368
  • Gandalf - old - fiery - wearing blueish-grey - uses [Dwarvish] Runes/Elvish - hidden power & purpose “Fires - Smokes - Lights” - worried about the Ring
  • Merry Brandybuck - Frodo’s friend - helps with the distribution of presents - young - not yet of age - 1382 (Pippin 1390)
  • Sackville-Bagginses - Family of Bilbo’s - want Bag End - foiled by the inheritance Frodo is given

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10. Bonus Episode - Follow Up, Trivia, & Guests - [LIVE]

The Nick's meet up on location for a special episode of follow up and trivia. And we bring guests along with us. We exchange Mathom in celebration of beginning The Lord of The Rings narrative.

This episode was recorded live in The Duke of Devon, Sheboygan, WI and you will be able to hear the din of the restaurant throughout the episode. We want to give an Uruk-sized thank you to The Duke of Devon for allowing us to sit and record even as the dinner hour was rolling in.

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Notes for this episode

Nicholas clarifies his pronunciation of Iluvatar

Fran Walsh and the scream of the Nazgul [video]

Did we conflate Tuckborough and Brandy Hall?

Who would win? Ringwraith or Wizarding World Dementors?

Nicholas' mathom from Nick

Nick's mathom from Nicholas - Animated LoTR

Nick's early Christmas present from Nicholas - Comprehensive Music of LoTR by Doug Adams

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9. Allegory and Final Thoughts - Prologue 0.9


8. Magic, Maiar, & The Rings of Power - Prologue 0.8


7. Snapshot of Middle-earth In The Time of LoTR - Prologue 0.7

The Nicks take a moment to the stand back and prepare for the beginning of the The Lord of The Rings. Looking at Middle-earth in a snapshot view, and discussing the state of the world as we enter into the story.

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6. Places of Middle-earth - Prologue 0.6

The Nicks preview some of the different regions and key sites in the narrative of The Lord of The Rings. Follow along with the map in your book, or one of the maps provided in the show notes.

Notes from the episode:


Map of Middle-earth

Map of Middle-earth superimposed on Europe

LoTRproject.com interactive map - Caution: spoilers for new readers!

Shire - 3:25

Bree - 6:39

Rivendell - 9:44

Misty Mountains - 12:59

Caradhras - 15:41

Moria - 17:27

Lorien - 19:21

ZED - try to imagine the Elves raving...

Anduin -20:15

Anduin Lothar

Argonath

Isengard 23:00

Rohan 23:37

Fangorn 24:40

Edoras 25:28

Helms Deep 25:48

Dunharrow 26:55

Gondor 28:02

Minas Tirith 29:10

Minas Morgul 32:10

Ithilien 32:43

Osgiliath 35:05

The Black Gate 35:28

Udun 38:13

Mordor 38:48

Sauron Realm of Influence 38:55

Dagorlad 40:49

Mordor again 41:24

Orodruin 41:47

Plateau of Gorgoroth 45:26

Emyn Muil 46:46

Dead Marshes 47:53

Osgiliath again 49:12

Minas Morgul again 50:29

Cirith Ungol 51:23

Barad Dur 52:18

The Eye of Sauron 52:47

Sauron's Road 54:54

The One Ring 56:22

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5. Peoples of Middle-earth: Orcs, Trolls, & Wraiths - Prologue 0.5

The Nicks discuss the baddies of Middle-earth, their origins, their pros, cons, and abilities.

As the discussion about the various peoples comes to a close, we hope that you feel a little more prepared to enter into the world having a little bit of insight as to what to expect from these people and creatures.

Next time we will take a very quick tour through the locations of Middle-earth and try to give some perspective of the scale and distance between the various sites we come across in the story.

Notes from the episode:

Map of Middle-earth

Orch, Yrch, Orc, Uruk, Goblin

What would happen to humans if they lived underground? [A discussion for what it's worth]

What the heck is a Gulper Eel? [video]

Black Numenorians

Sorcerers in Middle-earth

The Lord of the Nazgul

Khamul Lieutenant of the Witch-King

Mouthpiece of Sauron

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4. People of Middle-earth: Men & Dwarves - Prologue 0.4

The Nicks discuss Men and their mortality and being the 2nd children of Iluvatar., how different they are in every region, and languages. And also the Dwarves, their creation mistake, the animosity between them and the Elves, and the way each race copes with the evil of the world.

Notes from the episode:

Map of Middle-earth

Rohirric - naming conventions

Beowulf's "Heorot" the Mead Hall aka Golden Hall aka Meduseld

Comparison: Tolkien's Meduseld, Beowulf, and similar historical architecture

Timeline of Thorin Oakenshield's life

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3. Peoples of Middle-earth: Elves & Wizards - Prologue 0.3

In this episode, the Nicks briefly discuss the immortal race of elves, and why they don't look like Santa's helpers, and the wizards who just happen not to be human, but a special contingent of the Maiar sent to assist Middle-earth in resisting Sauron.

This prologue series is leading up to a chapter by chapter discussion and reflection of The Lord of The Rings. We invite you to grab your copy and join us in a read-along whether it is your first time or eleventy-first time in Middle-earth.

Notes from the Episode:

Map of Middle-earth 

Mock up of various elf-types and their heights

Starry skies with no light pollution

Nicholas misspeaks and confuses... Thingol (Ancient King of the Elves, and prominent in the Silmarillion) with Thranduil (King of the Woodland Realm, Legolas' father)

History of Arwen Undómiel

Khazad-Dûm AKA Moria Was built at an unknown time in the First Age

Quick hierarchy of the celestial beings

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2. Peoples of Middle-earth: Hobbits - Prologue 0.2

The Nicks discuss the Hobbits - the main characters of The Lord of the Rings, and the namesake of The Hobbit. What kind of people are they? And how long have they been in The Shire? Who are the prominent Hobbits in our Story? All of this and more live from the Green Dragon.

Notes From the Episode:

Map of Middle-earth

Map of The Shire

Gollum IS a hobbit or at least "of hobbit-kind" - Nicholas is wrong - Tolkien does reference this point in one of his letters (#214).

Baggins Family Tree

Episode Zero - The Boy Who Lived... In Middle-earth?

Middle-earth vacations

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1. Concerning Podcasts - Prologue 0.1

Welcome to the Green Dragon!

Grab yourself a half-pint, and pull up a chair for this, the first episode of the Green Dragon Live podcast! We are the Nicks, and we're happy you have joined us.

This episode primarily deals with why are we here, but the rest of our prologue series will be a primer to the world of Middle-earth leading into a chapter-by-chapter reflection and discussion of The Lord of The Rings.

So, grab your copy, and pour another half-pint, and join us! We invite newcomers to Middle-earth as well as veteran adventurers!

Notes from the Episode

A map of Middle-earth we like.

A map of the Shire from the books

A map of the Shire highlighting Hobbiton and Bywater

Nick Andrew's edition

Nicholas Jon's edition

Nicholas Jon's dream edition It used to be $100, now it's much less expensive.

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Episode Zero - 
The Boy Who Lived... In Middle-earth?

Empty Casting Sheet - Episode Zero (PDF)

Play along and cast your own characters to compare with us!

Filled Casting Sheet - Episode Zero (PDF)

Nick Andrew and Nicholas Jon welcome you to their test episode!

 

We experiment with re-casting the Lord of the Rings film trilogy with only the cast and characters of the Harry Potter universe.

We’ll stroll throughout Middle-earth inserting new cast members - we’ll visit the Shire, Rivendell and Lothlórien, Gondor and Rohan, and even Mordor!

Who will Harry play? - Boromir? Radagast?
Who will Hermione play? - Arwen? Galadriel?
Who will Snape play? - Sauron? Elrond?

Download a blank re-cast sheet to play along.

Download The Nicks’ re-cast sheet to see their choices.

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Coming this September - Lord of The Rings Read Along with chapter by chapter episodes to help, inform, and entertain you.
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Episode Zero - Teaser - Heads up!

Nick and Nicholas recorded their very first episode, which is conveniently referred to as Episode Zero.

This test episode takes us on a journey that will be very rare in the arc of this podcast. We re-cast the Lord of The Rings movie trilogy with the cast and characters of the Harry Potter film series.

If you are just now learning who I (Nicholas Jon) am, I recently created a Facebook group for people who wanted to re-read Harry Potter. This "Re-Read Harry Potter" group was fairly popular, and now that its first year is ending I am turning my sights on another literary love, Lord of The Rings. Along with my long-time friend Nick Andrew, we want to dive into Middle-earth and explore it from all the angles.  In order to tie the two series together (and to be fodder for a test episode) we chose to do this re-cast/mashup of the two fandoms.

This is your "heads-up" because - we had so much fun choosing our cast, that we want to give you the chance to make your own!

Use the link below to download a PDF of the chart we used to make our episode, and fill it in. Then share it with us as a picture or attachment on Facebook, Twitter, or by e-mail: contact@greendragonlive.com. We really want to see your picks and see what choices you made in your version of the story. And when we release the full length Episode Zero, we will share our picks with all of you.