The Lorehounds: The Last of Us – The Rings of Power – Season One Wrap-up – Part 1

David and John give their final thoughts on Season 1 of The Rings of Power. They also announce their new Silmarillion read-along to help you stay in Tolkien’s world a little longer. After responding to listener feedback, they have a long and deep discussion about the show with returning Tolkien Scholar Marilyn R. Pukkila. Look for a BONUS episode later in the week with extended portions of the interview with her.

The first passage for the Silmarillion read-along will be “Ainulindale.” You can find it in the first few pages of The Silmarillion.

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Marilyn R. Pukkila, Research & Instruction Librarian Emerita, Colby College.

Mythopea – A poem by JRR Tolkien explaining and defending creative myth-making.

Race, Tolkien, and Middle-earth, Revisited. The Prancing Pony Podcast, episode #192.

Ringerverse (2:07:42)
Later, Joanna is joined by The Rings of Power showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to discuss making the show as well as the character reveal in the finale (2:24:21)

The Lorehounds: History of the Second Age Podcast Series

Prologue: Tolkien the man and the lands and people of Middle Earth (Jul 11, 2022)

Ch. 1: History of Tolkien’s writings and the rise of Númenor (Jul 18, 2022)

Ch. 2: History of film, tv, and radio adaptations and the fall of Númenor (Jul 25, 2022)

Ch. 3: Tolkien’s academic career and a breakdown of the Elves (Aug 1, 2022)

Ch. 4: Tolkien’s influence on modern fantasy and the creation of the Rings (Aug 8, 2022)

Ch. 5: Tolkien’s wartime experience and The Last Alliance of Men and Elves (Aug 15, 2022)

Ch. 6: Christopher Tolkien and the Aftermath of the war with Sauron (Aug 22, 2022)

Epilogue: Listener Q&A – email us and/or post in the discord (Aug 29, 2022)