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Apr

28

Riddles in the Dark: Episodes Six and Seven

After a slightly longer than usual delay, listeners will be delighted to know that Dr. Olsen and Dave Kale are back with another two installments of Riddles in the Dark.  Episodes Six and Seven will cover the much rumored about “split” between the two upcoming Peter Jackson Hobbit films.  Episode Seven even contains a special guest appearance […]

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Apr

24

Dr. Olsen Interviewed by Jason Hartman

The Tolkien Professor was recently asked to sit down for an interview with Jason Hartman, host of the Speaking of Wealth podcast.  While a bit of a departure from the normal subject matter covered by Dr. Olsen, it was a great opportunity to talk about how the ease of creating content with new media tools […]

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Apr

10

College Prep with Your Favorite Books

The Mythgard Institute has just opened the doors on a new college prep opportunity for high school students interested in the books of both J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.  Mythgard Academy will offer three week online courses that will offer students not only a chance to go in-depth with their favorite works but to also […]

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Apr

08

Faerie and Fantasy 24

Faerie and Fantasy 24 continues with George McDonald’s “The Princess and the Goblin”, Chapters 11-20. Download it here.

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Mar

28

Silmarillion Seminar 21 is Posted!

At long last, Silmarillion Seminar Episode 21, “Random Things Mandos Said at a Party” (the second session on Chapter 19, “Of Beren and Luthien”) is now available for download.

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Mar

23

Riddles in the Dark: Episode Five

The latest installment of Dr. Olsen’s Riddles in the Dark podcast series has just been posted over at Mythgard’s site.  Take a listen as he and Dave Kale discuss “Bombur and Buffoonery” – the beginnings of the talks on how humor might be incorporated into Peter Jackson’s celluloid adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

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Mar

18

The Dawn of a New Era

Recently, The Tolkien Professor has been very busy launching a brand new option in higher education.  Like its sister school, the Mythgard Institute, the newly founded Signum University aims to bring top-notch teaching to students everywhere using innovative educational technology – at a price that people can actually afford. Learn more about Signum University.  We’re […]

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Mar

13

Silmarillion Seminar 20 is Posted!

At last, Silmarillion Seminar Episode 20, “Thingol, Father of the Year” (on Chapter 19, “Of Beren and Luthien”) is now available for download.

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Mar

09

Riddles in the Dark Episode Four!

Episode Four is now available! Prof. Corey Olsen and Dave Kale finally get to the heart of the matter and discuss Thorin Oakenshield.  They compare his different portrayals across The Hobbit, Appendix A of The Return of the King, and different versions of The Quest of Erebor and analyze how they may be combined and […]

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Feb

22

Riddles in the Dark: Episode Three

Prof. Corey Olsen and Dave Kale tackle one of their favorite events in all of Middle-earth history: The Battle of Azanulbizar.  Heroic deeds, cinematic taunts, slaughter and death, and, of course, the burned dwarves: they cover it all.  They share some of their favorite passages from Appendix A of The Return of the King, delve […]

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