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WC Faerie Course, Session 18

Andrew Lang Session 3, in which we discuss "Snow White and Rose Red," "Jack the Giant Killer," and my favorite "The...

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Silmarillion Seminar 12: Celestial Objects with Benefits

The twelfth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 11 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Sun and...

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Silmarillion Seminar 11: Meanwhile Back in Middle-earth

The eleventh session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 10 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Sindar."

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Silmarillion Seminar 10: Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out, Feanor

The tenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 9 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Flight of the...

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Silmarillion Seminar 9: The One in which We Talk About Ungoliant

The ninth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 8 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Darkening of...

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Silmarillion Seminar 8: Subcreators Gone Wild

After a brief message to Stephen Colbert, we move on to the eighth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing...

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Silmarillion Seminar 7: All My Exes Live in Valinor

The seventh session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 6 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Feanor and the...

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WC Faerie Course, Session 17

Andrew Lang Session 2, in which we discuss "Rumpelstiltzkin," "Hansel and Grettel," and "Beauty and the Beast."...

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Mythgard Institute Announcement Show, Part 2

Part Two of the show announcing the grand opening of the Mythgard Institute in the Fall 2011 semester. Both parts...

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Mythgard Institute Announcement Show, Part 1

Announcing the Mythgard Institute, offering courses in Tolkien Studies and related fields, beginning Fall 2011. Part...

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Silmarillion Seminar 6: Who's on First?

The sixth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 5 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Eldamar and the...

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WC Faerie Course, Session 16

Andrew Lang Session 1, in which we discuss "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," and "Aladdin." Recorded 2/28/11.

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Silmarillion Seminar 5: Marrying Up

The fifth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapters 3 and 4 of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Coming...

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Special Announcement!

A recording of the special live broadcast on the Middle-Earth Network Radio station a few weeks back, in which I...

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The Gifts of Annwn, by Scott Holbrook-Foust

An essay exploring the representation of the Celtic Otherworld in Arthurian Literature, with a particular focus on...

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WC Faerie Course, Session 15

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 4, in which we look at the irregularities of the ending of this great poem....

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WC Faerie Course, Session 14

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 3, in which we learn how to resist seduction with tact and aplomb. Recorded...

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WC Faerie Course, Session 13

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 2, in which we look carefully at our protagonist and his values. Recorded...

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WC Faerie Course, Session 12

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Part 1, in which we discuss happy endings and relatively jolly green giants....

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WC Faerie Course, Session 11

Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale, Part 2, in which we look at some of the remarkable differences between Chaucer's...

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