The Tolkien Professor

Corey Olsen

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The Tolkien Professor podcast is a series of lectures, discussions, and seminars on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Corey Olsen, Assistant Professor of English at Washington College in Maryland. Find me on Facebook at "The Tolkien Professor," on Twitter at @tolkienprof, or at my website at www.tolkienprofessor.com. I have also begun a grand new venture: the Mythgard Institute, offering courses on Tolkien studies for credit at the MA level, or just for fun! Join us at www.mythgard.org.


SilmFilm Episode 0-02: Big Decisions

June 20th, 2015

Episode 285 of 322 episodes

Explaining the Project Looking back to last episode –10 minutes Frame narrative choices Bodiless narrator (e.g., Galadriel in FotR) Embodied narrator (e.g. Bilbo in The Hobbit) Stories told by one character throughout with a story arc for that character Stories told by multiple characters Storyteller(s) story arc across one season? Mythgard Pitch Time –5 minutes Star Wars course, Anglo-Saxon course New Mythgard Academy books Twitch: Mythgard on LOTROstream Book Context of this episode –15 minutes Iluvatar: Ainulindale, of course; Aule and Yavanna; drowning of Numenor Valar: Stuff about their incarnation (ainulindale, valaquenta), BoLT register question Music/Magic: Finrod/Sauron Discussion –45 minutes (15 minutes each?) How shall we portray Iluvatar? How shall we portray the Valar? How shall we deal with songs/magic? Decision Time –15 minutes Close Announce recommended reading for next episode Random selections Questions for next episode What rhetorical level will we use? Archaic language? Modern language? Diff between dialog and voiceover/frame (if any)? Any other issues? How will we handle the chronology? Bounce back and forth between contemporaneous plots? Jump around in time? Thanks for listening!