Download Episode 16 of Middle-earth Talk Radio

Due to changes in URLs the most current links to various Middle-earth Talk Radio episodes are being maintained at Xenite.Org’s Middle-earth Talk Radio category.

Tolkien fans will be glad to know (I think) that we have put another two episodes of Middle-earth Talk Radio away. Episode 16 was recorded on September 12.

Although we had hoped to do a weekly broadcast we have both been very busy this year and coordinating two schedules is not as simple as one would like. Still, we enjoy doing the show and have already recorded Episode 17.

September 12, by the way, is the day before the real birthday for Bilbo and Frodo in our calendar system (except in leap years). Naturally, we forgot to discuss the calendaric discrepancy this year. Nor did we have the presence of mind to bring it up in the next episode. I guess we’ll all have to live with that.

For Episode 16 we discussed the following topics:

  • A dearth of Tolkien-related news
  • Tales before Tolkien – The Roots of Modern Fantasy – Classic stories that inspired the author of The Lord of the Rings by Douglas A. Anderson
  • The Elves by Ludwig Tieck, Inspired Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle
  • Harry Potter and the Emerald Key 😉
  • Even more off topic: A story by Michael Martinez, Fantasy Football leagues Insurance
  • Confessions of a Part-time Sorceress by Seattelite & WotC writer Shelly Mazzanoble
  • RPG Research Project & related studies on the therapeutic and social impact of RPGs
  • MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games)
  • Pen and Paper RPGs (Role Playing Games)

We have changed the format to a more freeform discussion. I think that will work better over the long run. Maybe when Tolkien news becomes frequent and significant again we’ll return to discuss recent news stories in more depth.

And the following message comes from Hawke:

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I also want to add a quick word about Tolkien Moot, which is replacing MERPCon. Hawke wants to expand the format to be more about Tolkien in general although there will still be gaming. If you’d like to suggest some ideas for Tolkien Moot or participate in the planning and organizing of the event, please contact Hawke at the email address above. I know he would love to hear from you.


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