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 0-1: Introducing the Silmarillion Film Project

June 9th, 2015

Episode 284 of 366 episodes

Explaining the Project What we ARE doing is discussing and planning how we would adapt The Silmarillion to film. What we ARE NOT doing is creating scripts or producing anything. We are thinking roughly 13 episodes per season. For every episode we will: Start with a short discussion of what’s been talked about since the last episode Have a short book talk Discuss the topic that was teed up at the end of the last episode Corey, Dave and Trish will make a decision about the topic Corey will give the reading assignment for next time We will tee up the questions to be considered for the next episode For each season we will: Create an outline for the season Decide on casting Map out the season’s episodes Talk about sets, costumes and props Information will be posted on the Silmfilm webpage The role of the forums on the website is to be the focal point for all the ideas, suggestions, challenges and whatever else that the listeners will bring to the project. We want lots of participation in this project! FIRST DISCUSSION: Shall we have a frame narrative and if so, what would it look like? In support of a frame: 1) Tolkien’s initial conception of Eriol/Aelfwyne as the mortal audience for the Elves’ story (that became The Silmarillion); and 2) Christopher’s post-publication regret that he didn’t add a frame narrative to the book. A Book of Lost Tales style, a book that’s been handed down over the ages Contemporaneous to The Lord of the Rings (could be Bilbo in Rivendell or could be Gandalf) Something past the time of The Lord of the Rings (e.g., Sam reading the Red Book to his children) Bilbo and Frodo on the boat to Valinor hearing stories from Elrond, Gandalf, and Galadriel Contemporaneous to the events of The Silmarillion Could have multiple frame narratives (Aragorn/Arwen telling stories to their children, Sam ditto, Maglor, others) Leaning toward using characters that people are already familiar with to form the frame narrative. Possible frames: Aragorn and Gilraen Sam Legolas and Gimli Bilbo in Rivendell Faramir Gandalf and young Faramir Glorfindel (on the fall of Gondolin) Celeborn in Rivendell after Galadriel’s departure Other ideas Final episode of final season is Sam setting sail from the Grey Havens Aragorn arc: He is young, has the long conversation with him mom; later in conversation with her just prior to her death; talking to Eomer after the War of the Ring; at the end of the season, talking to Arwen just before his own death This topic will be revisited in the fourth episode, so lots of time to talk about it on the discussion board. READING ASSIGNMENT - Read the Ainulindalae in The Silmarillion; optional is to read the same in Book of Lost Tales FIRST QUESTIONS (for consideration on the discussion board): How shall we portray Iluvatar? How shall we portray the Valar? How shall we deal with songs/magic?

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