#13—Book One Recap Episode

In this special show, we reflect on everything that went on over the course of the twelve chapters that make up Book One of Fellowship, and attempt to put everything in perspective.

The Heads run through the the main events so far. Did we miss anything? We also look more closely at particular passages that we found intriguing, compelling, engaging … or just plain interesting.

RANDOM-ASS THEME: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

2 thoughts on “#13—Book One Recap Episode

  1. So much happening in this episode… the summary was fun to listen to and I enjoyed the discussion of the different parts you chose. There’s endless room to talk about female and male characters in Tolkien… While I’d love to see more strong and complex women, I agree with Chris that Tolkien did spend much of his time in extremely male-dominated or strictly male circles, both as a young man, but also later teaching in Oxford. Also, I would question whether water be contained in the long run. It’s pretty good at shaping the earth. And I’m gonna go on a tangent regarding Old *Man* Willow: do plants have “male” and “female” parts or do we just think so because it’s how we frame nature and sexual reproduction, and because a certain Swedish botanist, who was really interested in sex, thought so over 200 years ago…?
    What seems really odd to me is Aragorn’s argument why the scratches could be from someone else. He says, rangers come to Weathertop, but he is one of them. Are there different ranger groups who keep their messaging systems secret? Does he not communicate with the others?
    Lastly, I read the article. It exclusively draws on the Disney movie, not even the original Grimm’s fairy tale… Tolkien made as sure as he could that his work would never be adapted by Disney, so that seems like a pretty low starting point. And that’s ignoring several errors which help in building the argument. I don’t think it would win a prize for the most logical and compelling reasoning… the only actual similarity seems to be the fact that both have dwarves. A bit like Tolkien’s response to supposed similarities of the Ring of Power to Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung: “Both rings were round, and there the resemblance ceased” (Letters, 229).


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