After the Fellowship is tacitly “tempted” by Lady Galadriel, Frodo and Sam peer into her watery mirror. The Heads—with Patricia from Comparative Literature as special guest—ponder how it may be that the fate of Lothlórien is bound up with Frodo’s task. We also discuss why the notion of a forest-city is a tantalizing etymological contradiction.
Doom, doom! We delve deeper and deeper into Moria after Gandalf and Gimli piece their way through a tattered historical text. We focus in particular on Gandalf’s humanity as he squares off with a foe that may be his match.
As the Fellowship suddenly finds itself safely in daylight again, but without its leader, our lectio section deals with the shocking dissonance we face when we encounter a calm for the first time after tragedy or trauma—the cruelty of normalcy.
As the Council of Elrond winds to a close and Frodo Baggins submits himself to a heart-wrenching task, the Heads reflect on the relationship between Evil and Power, taking Saruman and Gandalf as points of study.
How does a good person become swayed to wicked actions? Is it the Ring itself that corrupts, or is it the Ring’s power that corrupts?