The Tolkien Heads podcast was conceived as a way for the four hosts—as well as a number of enthusiastic guests—to approach J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings from a variety of perspectives. Our mission is to arrive at a deeper understanding of the text and its application to everyday life through various analytical approaches and close reading. For inspiration, we owe a particular debt of gratitude to the extremely successful Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, which (as the name suggests) treats the eponymous series as though it had spiritual authority. We seek to apply a similar methodology to Tolkien’s work.
For convenience, the hosts have decided to work with a common edition of the text. In case you would like to keep up with the page numbers that we sparingly but inevitably refer to, we use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s The Lord of the Rings Deluxe Edition (2013), which contains Fellowship, Two Towers, Return of the King, and all of those sweet, sweet Appendices.