Watch Party: Lord of the Rings on Prime
9 - Gollum’s Lettuce Head - Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner’s Wife: Part 3

9 - Gollum’s Lettuce Head - Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner’s Wife: Part 3

April 21, 2021

“Such gifts as come from the Valar, and through them from The One, are to be loved for themselves now, and in all nows. They are not given for barter, for more or for better. The Edain remain mortal men, Aldarion, great though they may be. We cannot dwell in the time that is to come, lest we lose our now for a phantom of our own design.”

On today’s pod, we discuss a possible timeline for the Amazon show premier thanks to reporting from Fellowship of Fans, and exciting news about one of our leading ladies.  We even weigh in on some modern day Royal drama! Then it's all aboard the Palarran as we navigate the rough waters of Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner’s Wife, from the Unfinished Tales. Will our lovers sink or swim? Find out now on Watch Party: LoTR on Prime. 

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REFERENCES:

Fellowship of Fans YouTube Page

Morfydd Clarke BAFTA nomination

Soviet Era LoTR

CREDITS

Intro and Outro Music: Sunday For Larks, written by Matthew Rolland and performed by Run Boy Run. https://www.runboyrunband.com/

Logo by Aubreigh Brunschwig

8 - Brain Octane Oil - Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner’s Wife: Part 2

8 - Brain Octane Oil - Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner’s Wife: Part 2

April 9, 2021

"  Far above the Ephel Dúath in the West the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach. "

 

 Today on Watch Party, we talk about whether Orlando Bloom is actually Legolas in real life, a new director, new casting news that suggests we may get wizards after all, and bad news for Crowe fans.  Then, we continue our discussion of Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner’s Wife, from the Unfinished Tales. This love story is just heating up, so grab your copy of the book and get ready for stormy skies and rough winds on the high sea!

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REFERENCES:

Orlando Bloom interview

New Director Che Yip confirmed by Lord of the Rings on Prime Twitter

Chance Ruby Casting - Fellowship of The Fans YouTube

Russel Crowe cast in Thor: Love and Thunder

CREDITS

Intro and Outro Music: Sunday For Larks, written by Matthew Rolland and performed by Run Boy Run. https://www.runboyrunband.com/

Logo by Aubreigh Brunschwig

7 -  Special Episode - Tolkien Reading Day

7 - Special Episode - Tolkien Reading Day

March 25, 2021

Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Today is March 25th, the day that the one ring was destroyed, Barad-dur fell, and Sauron was defeated. We want to commemorate this wonderful holiday by reading a couple of our favorite passages of hope and courage.  Whatever is happening in your life during these difficult times, try to take a moment to read a few lines from your favorite Tolkien text and find solace in the hope and courage you find there. Remember, "Aure entuluva! Day shall come again!"

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REFERENCES:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Book IV, Chapter 8

The Children of Hurin, Chapter 2

CREDITS

Intro and Outro Music: Sunday For Larks, written by Matthew Rolland and performed by Run Boy Run. https://www.runboyrunband.com/

Logo by Aubreigh Brunschwig

6 - Daddy Issues - Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner’s Wife: Part 1

6 - Daddy Issues - Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner’s Wife: Part 1

March 23, 2021

“We also are daughters of the great, and we have wills and courage of our own. Therefore do not bend, Ancalime. Once bend a little , and they will bend you further until you are bowed down. Sink your roots into the rock, and face the wind, though it blow away all your leaves.”

On today’s pod, we've got warlords, a new director, rumblings about production problems, and some tasty tasty Crowe.   And then we start our long journey into the only detailed narrative Tolkien ever wrote (though never finished) about the Second Age: Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife. We will be taking our time with this beautiful and complex narrative, where Tolkien explores themes of passion, obsession, pride, and the complexity of marital relations. Will this story be featured in an early season of the Amazon Prime series?

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REFERENCES:

Fellowship of the Fans YouTube Page

New Warlords

Russell Crowe's ringlets

New Director Che Yip

Tom Budge's departure

CREDITS

Intro and Outro Music: Sunday For Larks, written by Matthew Rolland and performed by Run Boy Run. https://www.runboyrunband.com/

Logo by Aubreigh Brunschwig

5 - I’ll Be a Blue Wizard Without You

5 - I’ll Be a Blue Wizard Without You

March 15, 2021

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

On today’s pod we’re going to bring you up to speed on the latest rumors about the show and Amazon’s marketing efforts, some drama in the Tolkien fandom, and some rampant speculation about which female directors we think might come on board for LOTRonPrime. And then our main topic: will Amazon introduce the enigmatic and mysterious Blue Wizards in the show?! It's a juicy one, so grab some popcorn and a flagon of Beorn's honey mead! 

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REFERENCES:

Fellowship of the Fans YouTube Page

Tolkien Society seminar on 3-4 July 2021, on the theme of "#Tolkien and Diversity"

Greg Coleman's hiring

CREDITS

Intro and Outro Music: Sunday For Larks, written by Matthew Rolland and performed by Run Boy Run. https://www.runboyrunband.com/

Logo by Aubreigh Brunschwig

4 - Smaug’s Fancy Feast - The Hobbit (1977): Part 2 of 2

4 - Smaug’s Fancy Feast - The Hobbit (1977): Part 2 of 2

February 26, 2021

"You don't really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!”

This week on Watch Party, we wrap up our scene by scene review of the 1977 Rankin/Bass animated adaptation of The Hobbit. We pick things back up when Bilbo and the Dwarves reunite after escaping the Goblin tunnels (with Bilbo finding a certain golden ring along the way). From the depths of Mirkwood to Smaug's golden litter box (meeow) in the Lonely Mountain, we unpack and dissect every aspect of the film, and give you our hottest takes along the way!

Intro and Outro Music: Sunday For Larks, written by Matthew Rolland and performed by Run Boy Run. https://www.runboyrunband.com/

Logo by Aubreigh Brunschwig

3 - Fourteen’s A Crowd - The Hobbit (1977): Part 1 of 2

3 - Fourteen’s A Crowd - The Hobbit (1977): Part 1 of 2

February 16, 2021

"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

Today is our first true watch party! We start with the Rankin/Bass 1977 animated adaption of The Hobbit, a real gem featuring Tolkien's original songs set to a folksy soundtrack, psychedelic effects, and unusual animation and design choices. In this episode, we talk through the the first half of the film, scene by scene, ending with Riddles in the Dark. The Rankin/Bass adaptation is sometimes funny, sometimes silly, and sometimes just right, but no matter your take it makes one thing clear: The Hobbit is The Greatest Adventure!

Intro and Outro Music: Sunday For Larks, written by Matthew Rolland and performed by Run Boy Run. https://www.runboyrunband.com/

Logo by Aubreigh Brunschwig.

2 - Beatlemania!

2 - Beatlemania!

February 5, 2021

"Let the Lord of the Black Land come forth! Justice shall be done upon him. For wrongfully he has made war upon Gondor and wrested its lands. Therefore the King of Gondor demands that he should atone for his evils, and depart then for ever.”

Today we continue our conversation about our hopes and dreams for Amazon's new Lord of the Rings series, and the characters we most hope to see. We already know about a certain golden-haired elf Queen - will we also get to see our favorite elf-lord twinning with the King of Numenor? Maybe some angry trees throwin' bows with Sauron? Will Amazon respect Tolkien's love of language? We wants it, we needs it, my precious! All this, and more on episode 2 of Watch Party: Lord of the Rings on Prime!

Intro and Outro Music: Sunday For Larks, written by Matthew Rolland and performed by Run Boy Run. https://www.runboyrunband.com/

1 - Stepping Onto The Road

1 - Stepping Onto The Road

January 28, 2021

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

In this inaugural episode of Watch Party: LOTR On Prime, we are stepping onto the road and getting swept off to Middle Earth. Join our fellowship as we start our adventure, and rediscover Tolkien's magical world in anticipation of Amazon's big budget adaptation of the Second Age! Jen talks about the production details confirmed to date, Michael summarizes the events of the Second Age, and then we break down the official show synopsis recently dropped by Amazon point by point. 

Intro and Outro Music: Sunday For Larks, written by Matthew Rolland and performed by Run Boy Run. https://www.runboyrunband.com/

 

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