Tolkien Controversy and Legend of the Seeker Tweetathon

Just wanted to drop a quick word about a couple of topics.

First, I want to remind people that tomorrow (November 20, 2011) marks the second Legend of the Seeker Tweetathon, scheduled for 12 Noon to 2 PM Pacific (Los Angeles) time. Please check my Save the Seeker blog for more details and links to forums where you can catch up with other LOTS fans.

Second, I’m pleased to announce that 3 new episodes of Middle-earth Talk Radio have now been published. Hawke Robinson has worked hard to bring these episodes to our listeners despite a bout of poor health (not to mention a hectic schedule this summer). Episode 37 was recorded on July 25. Episode 38 was recorded on November 6. And Episode 39 was recorded on November 13.

It’s hard to choose between the episodes if you don’t have 3-1/2 hours to listen to all of them today. But as I mentioned on the Tolkien Studies on the Web blog Tolkien and racism have become a topic of discussion again. Hawke and I discussed the latest brouhaha in Episode 39.

He picked some great music for the opening and closing segments of these shows so I think most people will enjoy listening to them. And we may finally have put the scratchy low-quality recording problems behind us. At least, I was able to hear myself pretty clearly in all these episodes.

Then again — maybe it’s my new Bose headphones. 🙂

And if you haven’t been visiting the Middle-earth Website at Xenite.Org lately, you may be surprised to learn there are now over a 100 new question-and-answer articles (and I mean ARTICLES) that look at many questions fans have asked through the years. There’s quite a bit new research in there.

You’ll probably also want to browse the Interviews with Tolkien Scholars series. So far I have been able to interview Janet Brennan Croft, John Rateliff, Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull, Michael D.C. Drout, and Douglas Charles Kane. There is also a special collection of videos of Christopher Tolkien included in the list of interviews (I did not interview him — these are rarely seen videos of interview footage filmed in the 1990s).

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One response to “Tolkien Controversy and Legend of the Seeker Tweetathon

  1. Nice to see people delving into the themes of Tolkien and not just seeing it as a fluffy childrens book. Tolkien himself lived through some dark times ad you can really feel this theme through his books.