Special Guest Lectures

  1. Michael Drout: Whole Worlds Out of Single Words: Tolkien and Language – .mp3 or .m4a
  2. Scott Holbrook-Foust: The Gift of Annwn: The Sanctification of the Celtic Otherworld in Arthurian Literature – .mp3 or .m4a

Lectures and Presentations

  1. Tolkien and the Environment – .mp3 or .m4a (July 13, 2009)
  2. Comfort Food: Cookery in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – .mp3 or .m4a (March 17, 2010)
  3. Papers from Kalamazoo 2010: The Poetry of The Hobbit and Tolkien’s Typology – .mp3 or .m4a (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 – .mp3 or .m4a (July 8, 2009)
  2. On Dragons and Orcs – .mp3 or .m4a (July 20, 2009)
  3. On Tolkien’s Secondary World –.mp3 or .m4a (July 27, 2009)
  4. Q&A Discussion Session #1 – .mp3 or .m4a (June 3, 2010)
    with Rachel Field, Kelly Topita, Caroline Knuth, Mac Boyle, Will Malkus, and Eve Nolan
  5. Q&A Discussion Session #2 – .mp3 or .m4a (July 13, 2010)
    with guests Rachel Field, Tessa Fox, and Trevor Williams 
  6. Q&A Discussion Session #3 – .mp3 or .m4a (October 9, 2010)with guests Tessa Fox, Trevor Williams, and Allison Fischbach
  7. The Tolkien Professor Visits Hollywood – .mp3 or .m4a (October 28, 2011)
  8. Tolkien and Horror: A Halloween Special – .mp3 or .m4a (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 – .mp3
  • Part II – .mp3
  • Part III – .mp3

Introduction to Middle English

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