#30—“The Riders of Rohan”

#30—“The Riders of Rohan”

In this episode, in the spirit of Éomer’s exchange with Aragorn, we discuss how to make decisions in tough or novel political times. We also examine—carrying on the discussion from last chapter—what may be seen as the absurdity of Aragorn’s hope that Merry and Pippin may yet be alive.

We also see a huge amount of Anglo-Saxon—that is to say, Old English—influence in this chapter, in people- and place-names in the kingdom of Rohan. We will be on the lookout for more such encroachments from Tolkien’s day job as an Old English philologist in future chapters!

RANDOM-ASS THEME: Couches

#29—“The Departure of Boromir”

#29—“The Departure of Boromir”

The Tolkien Heads are back in action after our winter hiatus! In this episode we jump right into The Two Towers.

In a slightly reworked format for the chapter review, Nathan declares this chapter’s theme to be decisions, and indeed the chapter is packed with decisions, choices, and minor crises. We focus in particular on Aragorn’s decision-making process, and a few examples that lend themselves to analysis.

RANDOM-ASS THEME: Summer lounging