Special Guest Lectures

  1. Michael Drout: Whole Worlds Out of Single Words: Tolkien and Language
  2. Scott Holbrook-Foust: The Gift of Annwn: The Sanctification of the Celtic Otherworld in Arthurian Literature

Lectures and Presentations

  1. Tolkien and the Environment (July 13, 2009)
  2. Comfort Food: Cookery in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (March 17, 2010)
  3. Papers from Kalamazoo 2010: The Poetry of The Hobbit and Tolkien’s Typology (May 16, 2010)

Q&A Sessions

In addition to my regular lecture series, I occasionally record extra, more informal podcast episodes. Most of these podcasts will serve as my audio mailbag as I record answers to questions posted by listeners on my Discussion Board.

  1. On Wingless Balrogs and Tom Bombadil (July 8, 2009)
  2. On Dragons and Orcs (July 20, 2009)
  3. On Tolkien’s Secondary World (July 27, 2009)
  4. Q&A Discussion Session #1 (June 3, 2010)
    with Rachel Field, Kelly Topita, Caroline Knuth, Mac Boyle, Will Malkus, and Eve Nolan
  5. Q&A Discussion Session #2 (July 13, 2010)
    with guests Rachel Field, Tessa Fox, and Trevor Williams
  6. Q&A Discussion Session #3 (October 9, 2010)with guests Tessa Fox, Trevor Williams, and Allison Fischbach
  7. The Tolkien Professor Visits Hollywood (October 28, 2011)
  8. Tolkien and Horror: A Halloween Special (November 4, 2011)

The Minstrel, The Painter, and The Scholar

A Roundtable Disussion with John DiBartolo, Ted Nasmith, and Corey Olsen

In November 2010, John DiBartolo (musician and songwriter with The Lonely Mountain Band), Ted Nasmith (world-famous painter and Tolkien illustrator), and the Tolkien Professor gathered together via Skype to talk about their work and their different approaches to interpreting Tolkien’s work. They also answered together a number of questions from listeners and fans.

  • Part I
  • Part II
  • Part III

Introduction to Middle English

Provided as bonus material for the Spring 2011 Faerie and Fantasy course taught by Professor Olsen at Washington College.
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