History of Arda : A Tolkien & Rings of Power Podcast

History of Arda : A Tolkien & Rings of Power Podcast

History of Arda explores the writing of J. R. R. Tolkien and helps you understand Amazon's ‘The Rings of Power.’ We respond to episodes of the show, dig into the lore behind it, and answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Episodes

November 27, 2022 2 mins

This song was composed right at the time we were beginning the History of Arda podcast. 

Years ago, when I read Tolkien aloud to my friend, I would improvise tunes and sing all the songs in the book to her, often accompanied by piano. These were never planned in advance, and I enjoyed them for their spontaneity. This version of Galadriel's Song of Eldamar happened the same way. I turned on the recorder and just made u...

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Alex and Dean discuss Rings of Power one last time!


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Alex and Dean react and analyze the penultimate episode of Rings of Power


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Alex and Dean react and respond to Rings of Power episode 6.

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Alex and Dean discuss episode 5 of Rings of Power

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Alex and Dean respond to Episode 4 of The Rings of Power

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Alex and Dean review the third episode of The Rings of Power and point out fun Easter eggs! 

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September 9, 2022 38 mins

Alex and Dean analyze episode 2 of The Rings of Power scene by scene!

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September 8, 2022 76 mins

Alex and Dean break down Episode 1 of The Rings of Power scene by scene! 

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September 1, 2022 65 mins

Alex and Dean talk about our experience seeing the fan release event in theaters of the first two episodes of Rings of Power. We have lots of thoughts--and we want to hear yours! Please drop us a line on our socials and let us know your own experiences/thoughts/reactions, or share your Tolkien-themed cosplay. 

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August 31, 2022 49 mins

Dean and Alex bring our history of the Second Age to an end with the events of the end of the Second Age and the battle of the Last Alliance against Sauron. We also discuss issues related to adaptation and our hopes and fears concerning The Rings of Power

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August 30, 2022 89 mins

Dean and Alex do a review of the trailers put out by Amazon for The Rings of Power (and trailers can be tricksy!)
We also continue our recap of the lore of this show, covering the story of the downfall of Numenor. These events will be central to The Rings of Power.

Mae govannen John Taylor! Annon allen! Thank you for becoming the first patron of History of Arda!

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Dean and Alex share some Rings of Power updates: a global fan event in movie theaters which we’ll be attending; a change in the episode release lineup (allowing some to see the premiere a day earlier than originally thought!), and the release of the Rings of Power soundtrack. We talk about an article from Total Film’s August 2022 issue: changes in the depiction of Dwarves from what we’ve seen onscreen before; the scale of the show ...

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August 20, 2022 83 mins

In this episode, Dean and Alex talk about the news from Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con as well as Entertainment Weekly’s July 2022 Comic-Con issue featuring Rings of Power. We talk about the practical sets, the costumes, and… whether dwarf women have beards. We respond to some of the actor interviews from Comic-Con, the genius of having Stephen Colbert host the event, and the close-knit feel of the cast that takes us back to the fee...

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In this episode, Dean and Alex explain what The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is and talk about some interesting things from the July 2022 issue of Empire magazine related to the show. We discuss its mega-budget, its casting diversity, and what Tolkien material it is working from; the relationship of Rings of Power to the Peter Jackson team’s films; and the competition between Amazon’s show and that other fantasy show in fa...

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In this episode the History of Arda podcast begins coverage of Amazon's The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power show, beginning Sep. 2, 2022. Dean introduces new cohost Alex, and we explain the format of the coming episodes. 

News, lore, and discussion to follow! We look forward to returning to Middle Earth with you this fall, and exploring the legendarium behind the show each week. 

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In this episode, we explore Morgoth's breaking of the Siege of Angband, the most cataclysmic battle we've yet seen since the Noldor returned to Middle Earth. We also see the incredible fight of Fingolfin, High King of the Noldor, and Morgoth. 

We'll also talk about how the History of Arda will be shifting gears after this episode in anticipation of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. 

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In this episode we talk about the entrance of humans into the main story of the Silmarillion. Finrod Felagund finds the first humans, and we are introduced to the three main groups of humans that will play a role in our story going forward. Humans spread across the map, and we hear the story of how the People of Haleth got their name. 

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July 11, 2022 45 mins

In this episode, we cover the dark fairy tale-like story of Maeglin, son of a Noldorin princess and a Dark Elf. His troubled story ranges from the dark depths of the woods of Nan Elmoth to the glorious, shining city of Gondolin. A conflict with his possessive and dangerous father comes to a tragic conclusion. 

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In this episode we talk about the geography of Arda for 6 hours, and then edit down to a compact 20 minutes. Sorry folks. One day we'll have to release the other 5 hours and 40 minutes. 

From there, we'll talk about what the Noldor are up to. We'll see the founding of Gondolin and Nargothrond. Galadriel refuses to spill the beans. And Melian is (apparently) a smoker. 

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