The Tolkien Professor: Lectures on J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Tolkien Professor
The Tolkien Professor podcast is a series of lectures on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Corey Olsen, Assistant Professor of English at Washington College in Maryland. Sez Olsen:

“In my lectures, I am working through The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings in detail, doing close readings of the stories (and the songs!) in order to explore the fascinating details of Tolkien’s world while also tracking some of the large, important themes in Tolkien’s fiction. I am currently in the middle of my eight-part series on The Hobbit; read along with me! After you listen, swing by my website to take part in my discussion board or to check out my online Tolkien bookstore.”

I’m going to be listening to these lectures soon!

Olsen is a big proponent of audio in academe, he’s performed Thomas Malory’s The Tale of Sir Lancelot aloud, and he’s the narrator of an unabridged recording of William Langland’s Piers Plowman (in Middle English).

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[Thanks Julie!]

Posted by Jesse Willis

One thought to “The Tolkien Professor: Lectures on J.R.R. Tolkien”

  1. Thanks for the pod casts, they are great! As a long time fan and (casual) scholar, one thing has always bothered me….the relative power of the elves.

    For example, we all know that Fingolfin fought and wounded Morgoth 7 times in the First Age. Assuming this is possible, how is it that other long-lived elves in the Third Age (Galadriel, Elron, Cirdan) can not take a more active role in the war?

    One would think that Galadriel especially (being described over-and-over as one of the greatest of the Noldor) would be capable of fighting a weakened Sauron (let alone the Nazgul).

    I am very curious to hear your insights if possible.



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