#14—“Many Meetings”

#14—“Many Meetings”

Our first episode of Book Two looks at wrath. The Heads wonder whether anger can be directed towards a good end, or if it is inevitably a tool of the Shadow.

We also look into Bilbo’s notion of life as a story and history as a confluence of many personal stories. The story of Frodo as the Ringbearer began where Bilbo’s ended. Will Frodo’s quest find its end at Rivendell?

RANDOM-ASS THEME: Bike paths

#13—Book One Recap Episode

#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

#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?

RANDOM-ASS THEME: E-readers

#11—“A Knife in the Dark”

#11—“A Knife in the Dark”

The Hobbits make their all-too-public exit from Bree and travel towards Weathertop in this eventful chapter.

The topic of hedges and what they symbolize once again rears its head, but our analysis section focuses more on nostalgia and the longing for what used to be.

RANDOM-ASS THEME: Craft beer

#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.

RANDOM-ASS THEME: Student loans

#08—“Fog on the Barrow-downs”

#08—“Fog on the Barrow-downs”

As the Hobbits conclude their “short cut”—after some new and dangerous situations—and get back onto the Road, we discuss the feeling of getting back on track after a long hiatus, and not losing sight of the big picture.

We also reflect on the nature of evil in Middle-earth.

RANDOM-ASS THEME: Noise-canceling headphones