#12—“Flight to the Ford”

#12—“Flight to the Ford”

As the Hobbits race towards Rivendell, pursued closely by the Ringwraiths (and encountering some would-be trolls on the way), the Heads reflect on how panicked decision-making can lead to hasty or untrue conclusions.

We also take a shot at decoding how exactly the shadow world of the wraiths works. How is Frodo’s wound transforming him and his experiences? What is “the Shadow,” exactly?

#10—“Strider”

#10—“Strider”

This week we continue our discussion about hedges, boundaries, and xenophobia in Middle-earth. Some racial issues crop up, as well; we mull over ideas about how people of color are—and aren’t—represented in Tolkien’s world.

The chapter is packed with judgments about newcomers and strangers. Are they justified? See whether you agree with us.

#07—“In the House of Tom Bombadil”

#07—“In the House of Tom Bombadil”

What’s in a name? This week the Heads puzzle through what it means to know somebody else—or even ourselves. Are we defined by how we think about ourselves? … by how others think about us? … or maybe by the things we do and say?

We join the Hobbits for story time with Tom and Goldberry as we ask some important questions, not the least of which is: who or what is Tom Bombadil?

#06—“The Old Forest”

#06—“The Old Forest”

Join us as we follow our adventuring Hobbits into the Old Forest. We talk through their travels and travails as they come face-to-face with Old Man Willow, who seems to be a sort of guardian spirit of the forest.

This week the Heads discuss how it feels to have no idea how to respond to a situation—especially when someone around you is in danger. What kinds of gut reactions do we have to situations we feel unprepared for?