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Nov 25, 2018

Concerning Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"...we discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of Jackson's first Hobbit film.

Topics include Guillermo del Toro (the original director), the philosophy of literary adaptation, the dwarf songs, the Erebor prologue, the Trolls, Azog, Radagast, Stone Giants,...


Nov 19, 2018

Concerning "Out of the Frying-Pan Into the Fire", from fir-tree firebombs to eagle-eyed escapes...

  • Catching Up With the Gang - 3:00
  • The Landslide - 14:30
  • Wargs! - 19:00
  • Eagles! - 28:00
  • Bilbo's Dream - 37:00
  • Haiku - 41:00

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Nov 12, 2018

Concerning "Riddles in the Dark", from random rings to perilous pity...

  • Bilbo Wakes Up - 2:00
  • Old Gollum - 8:30
  • The Riddle Game - 28:00
  • Bilbo's Escape - 47:00
  • Haiku - 57:00

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Nov 5, 2018

Concerning "Over Hill and Under Hill", from giants and Goblins to Bilbo bonked...

  • Intro - 2:00
  • Terrains! - 5:00
  • The Stone Giants - 14:00
  • Goblins - 21:00
  • Goblin Songs & Mimesis - 32:00
  • Goblin Culture - 43:00
  • The Chase - 45:00
  • Haiku Time - 52:30

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John's Interview on Tolkien with Catholic Studies Academy

Oct 30, 2018

I was recently interviewed by Dr. Ben Smith of Catholic Studies Academy on "Philosophical and Theological Themes in Tolkien". It was a great discussion! 

You can listen to the episode here. Better yet, you can subscribe to the Catholic Studies Academy podcast on your preferred app.