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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! 

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Oct 30, 2018

Concerning "A Short Rest", from over-merry elves to a fortnight with Elrond...

  • Intro - 2:00
  • The Problem of the Annoying Elves - 7:00
  • Elrond & the Last Homely House - 16:00
  • Haiku Time - 26:00

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Oct 22, 2018

Concerning “Roast Mutton”, from bumbling burglary to trolling Trolls...

  • Bilbo Catches Up - 2:00
  • Landscapes & Verisimilitude - 19:00
  • Trolls! - 22:00
  • Looting the Looters - 36:00
  • Haiku Time - 41:00

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Oct 16, 2018

Concerning "An Unexpected Party", from Gandalf's gamble to Dwarvish designs... 

  • We're Back! - 1:00
  • First Time I Read The Hobbit - 6:30
  • "In a Hole in the Ground..." - 11:00
  • Bilbo & Gandalf - 18:30
  • The Dwarves - 31:30
  • "Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold" - 46:00
  • Haiku Time - 1:01:00

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Oct 12, 2018

*** Visit TolkiensOverture.com to download a free electronic copy of the book ***

Tolkien's Overture: Concerning the Music of the Ainur

Code (Epilogue)

  • Music is Middle-earth's Reality
  • Drawing "Straight" with Crooked Lines
  • Musical Design / Is Music the Mind of God?
  • The Orchestration of History
  • Musical Reality
  • Creation...