The Lorehounds: The Last of Us - Silmarillion Stories – E02 – Valaquenta

David and John discuss the Valaquenta, Tolkien’s introduction to the pantheon of divine entities that rule his world. After a quick breakdown of which characters to pay attention to, David and John are joined by Tolkien Scholar Marilyn R. Pukkila to discuss the themes of this passage and the Silmarillion as a whole. Finally, they answer listener feedback.

The Lorehounds: The Last of Us - Second Breakfast #2 – “Hot takes on your hotcakes”

David and John bring their Patreon-exclusive monthly podcast “Second Breakfast” to the public as a Christmas present. They talk about pancakes, parenting, tabletop games, Clone Wars, and more before answering listener feedback. Then, David and John each rank their Top Ten shows of 2022. If you’d like to join us for next month’s Second Breakfast, head to our Patreon linked below.

The Lorehounds: The Last of Us - The White Lotus – Season 2 Wrap-up

David and John pack their bags to leave Sicily while giving final thoughts on another fantastic season of The White Lotus. They discuss Mike White’s character-driven writing, the idea of subverting expectations in modern television, and where we might be traveling to in Season 3. Finally, David and John take on one more round of listener feedback.

The Lorehounds: The Last of Us - The White Lotus – S02E07 – Arrivederci

David and John take one last trip to Sicily to discuss the Season Finale of The White Lotus. David gives some details on the active volcano Mount Etna featured in the episode before John goes through some of the clues that may or may not have led us to predict the outcome. After a full episode recap, David and John score their deadpool predictions and read listener feedback. Stay tuned next week for a Season Wrap-up podcast.

The Lorehounds: The Last of Us - The Wheel of Time – Interview with Dr. Michael Livingston

David and John introduce their plans for the upcoming Season Two of Amazon Prime’s The Wheel of Time before speaking with Dr. Michael Livingston, author of the new book, Origins of the Wheel of Time. Michael discusses meeting Team Jordan and beginning the project, the importance of fantasy as an academic discipline, and his thoughts on The Wheel of Time Season One.

The Lorehounds: The Last of Us - The White Lotus – S02E06 – Abductions

David and John discuss Season 2 Episode 6 of The White Lotus – Abductions. They begin by revisiting Rocco’s opening lines in Episode 1 and applying Tanya’s fortune teller’s words to what might happen in the season finale. Then, they recap a series of abductions, a group of angry Sicilian women, and the increasingly concerning behavior of Ethan. Finally, David and John check in with the deadpool and read listener feedback.

The Lorehounds: The Last of Us - Andor – Season One Wrap-up

David and John discuss Season One of Andor as a whole with the help of two great guests. First, they have an extended conversation with Maester Anthony of the Electric Bookaloo and Cocoon of Horrors podcasts about what made Andor so special compared to other recent media. Then, Marilyn R. Pukkila returns to discuss the hero’s journey and “saga heroes” in a bonus interview. Finally, David and John answer listener feedback.

The Lorehounds: The Last of Us - The White Lotus – S02E05 – That’s Amore

David and John tippy-tippy-tay onto a yacht to Palermo as they discuss Season 2 Episode 5 of The White Lotus – That’s Amore. They begin by explaining mimetic theory before giving a synopsis of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Then, they recap Portia’s new love affair, Harper’s unhinged wine tasting, Daphne’s deception, and the rest of this latest masterpiece by Mike White. Finally, David and John check in with the deadpool and read listener feedback.