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Mythgard's Exploring The Lord of the Rings

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Join The Tolkien Professor, Dr. Corey Olsen, on a sentence-by-sentence journey through the text of Tolkien's epic fairy story, and explore Middle-earth through the magical game-world of Lord of the Rings Online.
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06/15/2021, ELOTR Episode 190: Council of Elrond Session 66 Our schedule for Mythmoot 2021 is live. It will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which Frodo is again named, “Elf Friend” along with other notable Middle Earth heroes. How is Frodo similar to these Men? How is his path different? Field Trip: Wells of Langflood, Framsburg “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
Session 189: Frodo's Choice

Session 189: Frodo's Choice

2021-06-1102:09:34

06/01/2021, ELOTR Episode 189: Council of Elrond Session 65 Our schedule for Mythmoot 2021 is live. It will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which by Frodo’s disinclination to adventure forth, he demonstrates that he is the best candidate for Ringbearer. Is the Ring influencing his or is the Divine? Elrond answers Frodo’s unspoken cry for assistance. The hour of the shirefolk is proclaimed. Homework: Tolkien often describes many glances as “keen.” To whom does he give this trait and under what circumstances? Field Trip: Wells of Langflood, Misthallow, Hilthsheld “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
06/01/2021 Episode 188: Council of Elrond Session 64 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which the noon bell finally rings but the council doesn’t adjourn, preoccupied with who will take the ring to Mordor. Frodo feels pressure to declare his geas. There’s an internal struggle within Frodo, but which voice speaks for him? Field Trip: Wells of Langflood, Misthallow and Grazad-Gropor “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
Episode 187: Council of Elrond Session 63 Announcements: A new Mythgard book discussion is coming up! Moon is a Harsh Mistress will be every Wednesday night now! Sign up here: https://mythgard.org/academy/the-moon-is-a-harsh-mistress/ Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which Gandalf assures Bilbo that Sauron’s weapon is not his fault nor his responsibility. He delivers a message of hope and tells Bilbo not to give up on his “happy ending.” Gandalf alludes to “messengers” and we learn their role in this mission. Bilbo hints that everyone should come to the point and start naming names. Field Trip: Wells of Langflood, Floodfells “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
Session 186: Bilbo's Gambit

Session 186: Bilbo's Gambit

2021-05-2202:11:16

05/18/2021 Episode 186: Council of Elrond Session 62 A new Mythgard book discussion is coming up! You can sign up for our newest offering: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress here: https://mythgard.org/academy/the-moon... Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which Elrond broadly hints that small hands will do “the work.” Bilbo appears to jumps to a very hobbity conclusion. What was Bilbo’s thought process in volunteering? Is his happily-ever-after ending in jeopardy or Bilbo attempting to protect the small-hand crew? (Boromir, read the room!) Field Trip: Wells of Langflood, Thokvist
05/11/2021 Episode 185: Council of Elrond Session 61 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which we discuss how the 3 Elven rings are actually fighting Sauron. Erestor tries to bring the meeting back on topic and brings up concerns about Elrond’s hopeless plan. Gandalf points out that it’s only hopeless to people with no hope. What is the difference between Amdir versus Estel in this instance? What is the false hope which Gandalf warns us of? When is folly the perfect disguise and when is folly just…stupid? Homework: Where in Tolkien’s Other Translations does he use the word “Quest?” Field Trip: Wells of Langflood Sundergrot, Stramvarth
But what about those Elf Rings? What are they good for?
04/20/2021 Episode 183: Council of Elrond Session 59 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which Boromir is rebuked but then assured that his idea was understandable if misinformed. Gloin shows off his own misinformation by suggesting the remaining rings of power be rounded up and combined. He then asks the Elves of the remaining Dwarf Ring and if the 3 Elf Rings are still at large. Was Thror’s Ring the last of the Dwarven rings? Who has it now? Gandalf recounts the fate of Thror’s Ring. Field Trip: Wells of Langflood Skerabrygg, Sundergrot
04/13/2021 Episode 182: Council of Elrond Session 58 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which we discuss the “Orc Problem.” Boromir and Elrond face off concerning the bravery of men and elves. Boromir then takes a poke at Aragorn’s role in the coming strife, and whatever mysterious errands the Rangers of Ithilien are doing. Aragorn makes a point that there are more than one front to this war. Field Trip: Wells of Langflood “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
04/06/2021 Episode 181: Council of Elrond Session 57 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration updates are coming this week hopefully, so stay tuned for more info. In which Elrond explains why using the ring is a bad idea. What are the dynamics of ring ownership? Is the nature of the ring that of a tool or an entity? How then does it work on others? Field Trip: Wells of Langflood “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
Tonight we will look at the logic underlying the suggestions of various (Elvish) Council members.
03/30/2021 Episode 180: Council of Elrond Session 56 Mythmoot will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration updates are pending, so stay tuned for more info. In which a decidedly unelven plan to unmake the ring is proposed by Elrond. Did Elrond always want to destroy the ring after it was taken by Isildur? Boromir has a moment with his horn before asking why the council doesn’t’ want to use “The Great Ring” to their advantage. Field Trip: Wells of Langflood
In which Elrond finally lays down some counsel which is at least 45% stronger than the average Morgul spell.
03/09/2021 177: Council of Elrond Session 53 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we consider why the Valar refuse to help/take the ring. Were the 3 elven rings a mistake? A discussion on how the Valar work and the role of provenance. Is Glorfindel bringing up hypothetical talking points re: ring disposal, or are his ideas terrible? Why can’ there be a Third Alliance of the Free People? Field Trip: Bridge of Hadhodiant
03/02/2021 176: Council of Elrond Session 52 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which Glorfindel points out that hiding the ring only delays the inevitable, even if Bombadil could be trusted with the task. Galdor agrees and adds that no one in Middle Earth has the strength and will to keep it hidden. What is the Night (capital N) and where have we heard stories of The Darkness before? Are Elrond’s All-Stars up to the challenge ahead? Homework: Why would the Valar refuse to help/take the ring? Field Trip: Vales of Anduin “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
ELOTR 175: Council of Elrond Session 51 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we discuss what the “change of days,” is for Tom Bombadil. Chief Councilor, Erestor has a suggestion about leaving The Ring with Tom. Gandalf says it’s a bad idea, but would that actually be the case? Could any Free Person be a completely perfect ringbearer? Field Trip: Vales of Anduin “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
174: Council of Elrond Session 50 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Stay tuned for future announcements on registration and presenters and check out the link: https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we backtrack to Gandalf’s description of his relationship with Shadowfax. As his narrative come to an end, Gandalf announces that “The Tale is told from first to last.” Again, we’re reminded that the hand of Fate and Providence is at play that all the players have arrived just before curtain up. Gandalf asks what is to be done with the Ring. Elrond misses his cue and starts on a non sequitur, or could it be something else? Field Trip: Rhosgobel “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
173: Council of Elrond Session 49 02/02/21 TexMoot online is coming up! Check out https://signumuniversity.org/event/te...​ for details! In which we break down Gandalf’s path post-Weathertop back to Rivendell. Was it a wild-goose chase into the Ettenmoores? What did he hope to accomplish and what of the riders? Providence, doublespeak and more as Gandalf finishes his narrative. Why did Gandalf keep this long narrative until the Council instead of telling Frodo in his room?
172: Council of Elrond Session 48 01/26 TexMoot online is coming up! Check out https://signumuniversity.org/event/te...​ for details! In which Gandalf recounts the Nazguul’s infiltration of Bree, and their “starting lineup” and travel itinerary. We debate the Nazguul’s “Plan Bree” and their ultimate goal, Gandalf’s wild ride to Weathertop and The Witch King’s perspective of Frodo’s flight to Rivendell. Also, how unlucky are the Nazguul that they keep running into the Noldorin? Field Trip: Duskenvale Glandin
171: Council of Elrond Session 47 01/19 TexMoot online is coming up! Check out https://signumuniversity.org/event/te... for details! We’ve also launched our Signum Clubs program for kids! https://signumuniversity.org/academy/ In which we discuss the evolution of Butterburr’s name, and we learn the fate of the forgetful innkeeper. The nature of Gandalf’s blessing that made his beer fit for a King. And we contemplate Aragorn’s alter-ego Strider, Field Trip: Gladdenmere “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
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