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Apr

29

Silmarillion Seminar 34

The penultimate session of the Silmarillion Seminar is now available. Silmarillion Seminar 34, “Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers” (aka “The One in Which Lara Speaks”) covers Part 1 of The Rings of Power and the Third Age. Find it here or check out this and all the other Tolkien Professor podcasts on iTunes.

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Apr

16

A Cookbook for Middle-earth!

Food takes center stage in The Hobbit from the outset, with Thorin’s dwarves cleaning out  Bilbo’s larders at the Unexpected Party, and soon, you too will be able to cook like Bilbo, Beorn, and Bombadil!  Chef Heath Dill’s upcoming cookbook, Medium Rare and Back Again:  Food from the World of Middle-earthis now available for pre-order!

A chef and food blogger, as well as good friend of Prof. Olsen, Heath has been catering the Washington College Lord of the Rings movie marathons for several years now, with delectable Tolkien-themed fare.  Want to know what Bilbo’s pork-pies taste like?  Or Lembas bread?  Perhaps you’d like to treat yourself to the honey-cakes of the Beornings, or sample Ent-draught?

Due out this summer, Medium Rare and Back Again will feature over 40 recipes of dishes (plus many variations!) found in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as some whimsical fare (Fiery Balrog Wings, anyone?).  It will also contain a rich history of the food Tolkien loved, and the traditions and techniques used both in pre-war England.  For Tolkien fans and foodies alike, this book is a must!

You can follow Chef Heath Dill at his website, Facebook page, and Twitter feedMedium Rare and Back Again will be published by Oloris Publishing.

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Mar

28

Free on iTunes U: The Lord of the Rings I

Screen Shot 2013-03-28 at 10.05.26 PMMany of you may remember Mythgard Academy’s Summer 2012 short course on The Fellowship of the RingThe Lord of the Rings I: The Road Goes Ever On.  Well, if you missed out on taking it, we’ve got good news!

Starting today, The Lord of the Rings I is available as a free, enhanced course pack through iTunes U.  You can now download this course to your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone and follow along with each lecture while also reading the passages in Tolkien’s first book of the trilogy and taking notes in the virtual margins.  Even if you don’t have an iOS device, you can download all six lectures in both audio and video format to your PC or Mac through iTunes.

Visit Signum University’s iTunes U site to check out The Road Goes Ever On, our other two courses on The Silmarillion and The Hobbit and catch up with great content from Mythgard, Signum and The Tolkien Professor!

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Mar

19

Silmarillion Seminar 33

This session of the Silmarillion Seminar concludes the Allkalabeth. It’s called “The Castle of Arrrggghhhh”. You’ll have to listen to find out why! Get the download here or on The Tolkien Professor iTunes feed.

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Mar

17

Silmarillion Seminar 32

The decline and fall of Numenor as detailed in the Allkalabeth is discussed at length in Silmarillion Seminar 31:  “Somewhere Beyond the Sea”. Listen here or on iTunes.

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Feb

12

Check out Tolkien Professor, Signum, and Mythgard on iTunes U!

The Tolkien Professor, in conjunction with Signum University, and Mythgard Institute, is excited to announce that courses are now featured on iTunes U! The iTunes U site provides access to all three partners-in-learning — the best of Tolkien Professor, full lectures from Signum and Mythgard, and much more!

Check it out today on iTunes U!

We are also pleased to announce The Hobbit and The Silmarillion courses are available as iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch friendly downloads!

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Feb

04

Silmarillion Seminar 31

Who needs Atlantis when you can have Numenor? Episode 31 of the Silmarillion Seminar, titled “Frank from Numenor,” is now available here, and on iTunes.

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Feb

03

Silmarillion Seminar 30

Silmarillion Seminar 30 is posted! Find out what Mr. T and Voldemort have to do with the War of Wrath in this episode entitled “I Pity the Fool!” Find all the episodes of the Silmarillion Seminar here, or subscribe to the Tolkien Professor’s feed through iTunes.

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Nov

22

Faerie and Fantasy 40, the final class

Faerie and Fantasy 40, the final episode, is now posted! The entire Faerie and Fantasy class is now available for your listening pleasure. You can find it here or on iTunes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov

22

Faerie and Fantasy 39

The next to last installment of the Faerie and Fantasy course is available! Professor Olsen and his class continue with Garth Nix’s “Sabriel”. Listen here or on iTunes.

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