On this special episode of the Secret Fire Podcast we share an interview with noted scholar, Dr. Tom Shippey. Tom is a retired professor of Middle and Old English, and is considered one of the leading scholars of the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Plus his knowledge of Beowulf is incredible! Tom Shippey Interview on Middle-earth […]
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As the sun is climbing to noon over the Council of Elrond Bilbo tells of his finding of the Ring. Frodo, less willingly, recounts all his dealing with the Ring from the day that it passed into his keeping. Afterward, Gandalf tells all he has learned, and whether it is the One which Sauron seeks. […]
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Before Elrond drew the tale of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men to a close, he spoke of the men of Gondor who still fight and defy the enemies of the free-folk. It was then that Boromir, son of Denethor, Lord of Minas Tirith, stood and told of the dream that led him to Imladris. […]
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As the sun rises higher over Rivendell the Council of Elrond continues. We are taken back to the Last Alliance of Elves and Men and the Battle of Dagorlad in the year 3434 of the Second Age. We hear of the fall of Gil-galad and Elendil; of Sauron’s overthrow by the broken blade of Narsil; […]
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It is the morning of October the 25th, 3018 of the Third Age, and a single clear bell rings out in Rivendell signalling the call to the Council of Elrond. There will be much to hear and decide today. Join us as we begin Book II, Chapter 2 of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the […]
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After many years of longing, Frodo has finally been granted his wish to see Bilbo again. His dear uncle was in the middle of crafting a new song, but was all too happy to spend time time hearing about Frodo’s adventures, as well as recounting his own travels after he left Bag-End. Join us as […]
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Frodo finds himself refreshed after hearing Gandalf’s telling of the events at the Ford of Bruinen. He now has a mind for food and drink, and Sam, Pippin, and Merry are happy to lead their beloved Frodo to the tables of Elrond. Join us as we continue reading though The Lord Of The Rings, Book […]
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Four days after Frodo crossed the Ford of Bruinen he awoke in the Last Homely House cured of his wound by Elrond Half-elven. It is October 24th, informs a familiar voice. Gandalf! This is the first of many meetings in this house with many dwelling places. Join us for Book II, Chapter 1 of The […]
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Finding Bilbo’s famed stoned trolls provided the hobbits a brief respite from the terror of the Black Riders. Getting back to their flight to the ford of Bruinen they meet the Elf-lord Glorfindel who gives Frodo his horse to bear him swiftly to Rivendell. Join us for an adventure as we continue chapter twelve of […]
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Frodo has been wounded by the Black Riders at Weathertop and the journey to Rivendell is full of despair, grief, and regret. But the discovery of the stone trolls revives the spirits of the company resulting in song. Join us for a discussion of The Lord of the Rings chapter 12, Flight to the Ford. […]
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On the fourth day out from Bree, while in the Midgewater Marshes, Frodo lay uncomfortable and unable to close his eyes. Far away in the eastern sky flashes of lightning leaping from the hill-tops kept Strider standing silent and watchful. It was coming from Weathertop, Amon Sûl. Join us as we continue our journey through […]
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As our hobbits sleep in Bree under the watch of Strider at the Prancing Pony, something wicked this way comes. At the same time Fatty Bolger senses trouble coming to to Frodo’s house at Crickhollow. The Black Riders have mounted a two-front attack in their search for the Ring of power and leave the Fellowship […]
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After Frodo’s unsettling disappearance in the common room of the Prancing Pony the very perturbed crowd immediately cleared out. Frodo just wants to get to the relative safety of his room and leave Bree as soon as possible. But first he has an appointment with the enigmatic and undesirable wanderer known as Strider. Join us […]
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With the help of Tom Bombadil Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin have made it to Bree – the chief village of Bree-land. At the recommendation of Tom the hobbits head for the inn of the Prancing Pony. What adventures await them inside? Join us for a discussion of chapter nine of The Lord Of The […]
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Frodo Baggins has been taken by a Barrow-Wight. He awakens to find himself imprisoned in a barrow with Sam, Merry, and Pippin lying next to him. Then he remembered the rhyme Tom Bombadil had taught them. And what power is in that song! Join us as we conclude our discussion of chapter eight of The […]
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Frodo Baggins and company have spent their final night of refreshing in the house of Tom Bombadil. It is time to travel North to Bree. To do that they must skirt the western lower slopes of the dreaded Barrow-Downs. Rumor of the Barrow-wights were tales best left forgotten in the Shire. Join us for a […]
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Of the many enigmatic characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium perhaps none pique the curiosity of readers more than Tom Bombadil. “Who is he” is the question posed by Frodo. “What is he” is the question us Middle-earthlings wished was answered. In this episode of the Secret Fire Podcast we search for clues as we finish […]
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Just when it looked as if Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry would have their adventure through the Old Forest abruptly ended by Old Man Willow, a eucatastrophe happened! Let us join our hobbits as they are promised safety and refreshing at The House Of Tom Bombadil. It’s all in chapter seven of The Lord Of […]
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The Hobbits enter the Old Forest thinking it a better route for eluding the danger of the Black Riders. What they find is that the trees are directing and deflecting them to the Withywindle valley: the center of evil in the forest, and home to Old Man Willow. Join us as we continue the adventure […]
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In A Conspiracy Unmasked Frodo, Sam, and Pippin finally make their way over the Brandywine river and to Frodo’s new home at Crickhollow. Merry and Fredegar Bolger have worked hard to make everything as comfortable as possible. Did they succeed? Let’s explore chapter 5 of The Lord Of The Rings on this episode of The […]
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