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Episode 37: The Sundering of the Elves

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“The Sundering of the Elves” as mapped in the Silmarillion: https://i.imgur.com/uIVL8ws.png

The Tolkien Society Seminar has posted the recording from their “Tolkien and Diversity” seminar to youtube, and you can find all the links on their site here: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2021/07/recordings-of-tolkien-and-diversity-seminar-now-available/


  • Letter 211
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, “Part Four. Quendi and Eldar
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, “Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix: The legend of the – Awakening of the Quendi (Cuivienyarna)”
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, “The History of Galadriel and Celeborn”, “Appendix B: The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves”
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, “The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age”, “Of the Elves”
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, “Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor”
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, “Quenta Silmarillion: Of Thingol and Melian”
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, “The Second Age”

Episode 36: Tolkien and Diversity Recap

Athrabeth is produced by James Pierson. James can be found on twitter @jpierson

The Tolkien Society Summer Seminar: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/tolkien-society-summer-seminar/



Oluo, Ijeoma. 2019. So You Want to Talk about Race. Seattle, WA: Seal Press.


The Association of Ramaytush Ohlone


Accessed June 30, 2021

Michigan State University, Native American Institute, “Guide to Land Acknowledgements”


Accessed June 30, 2021

Native Governance Center, “A guide to Indigenous land acknowledgement”


Accessed June 30, 2021

Native Land Digital


Accessed June 30, 2021

Mills, Selena, “What are land acknowledgements and why do they matter?

Posted on Local Love on March 18, 2019


Accessed July 1, 2021

Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma


Accessed June 30, 2021

The Tolkien Society


Accessed July 4, 2021

Socials: @TolkienSociety

The Tolkien Society- Oxonmoot 2021


Accessed July 5, 2021

Tolkien Society Summer Seminar 2021

Presentations discussed in this episode:

Saturday, July 3, 2021 (listed in order of appearance)

Gondor in Transition: A Brief Introduction to Transgender Realities in The Lord of the Rings

By Cordeliah Logsdon

Twitter: @cordeliah_g


The Problem of Pain: Portraying Physical Disability in the Fantasy of J. R. R. Tolkien

By Clare Moore

Twitter: @claremoore914


“The Burnt Hand Teaches Most About Fire”: Applying Traumatic Stress and Ecological Frameworks to Narratives of Displacement and Resettlement Across Cultures in Tolkien’s Middle-earth

By V. Elizabeth King

Twitter: @VElizabeth_King


The Invisible Other: Tolkien’s Dwarf-Women and the ‘Feminine Lack’

By Dr. Sara Brown

Twitter: @AranelParmadil


Projecting Indian Myths, Culture and History onto Tolkien’s Worlds

By Sultana Raza

Website: https://sultanaraza.wordpress.com


The Lossoth: Indigeneity, Identity, and Antiracism

By Nicholas Birns

Twitter: @nicholasbirns


The Problematic Perimeters of Elrond Half-elven and Ronald English-Catholic

By Kristine Larsen

Website: https://kristinelarsen.academia.edu


Hearkening to the Other: Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth

By Cami Agan

Website: https://www.oc.edu/directory/cami-agan-ph-d


Sunday, July 4, 2021 (listed in order of appearance)

Pardoning Saruman?: The Queer in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

By Christopher Vaccaro

Website: https://www.uvm.edu/cas/english/profiles/chris_vaccaro


Desire of the Ring: An Indian Academic’s Adventures in her Quest for the Perilous Realm

By Sonali Chunodkar


Queer Atheists, Agnostics, and Animists, Oh, My!

By Robin Reid

Website: https://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/humanitiessocialsciencesarts/departments/literatureLanguages/ostl/labPersonnel/rReid.aspx


Hidden Visions: Iconographies of Alterity in Soviet Bloc Illustrations for The Lord of the Rings

By Joel Merriner

Twitter: @JoelMerriner


Questions of Caste in The Lord of the Rings and its Multiple Chinese Translations

By Eric Reinders

Website: http://religion.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/reinders-eric.html


Stars Less Strange: An Analysis of Fanfiction and Representation within the Tolkien Fan Community

By Dawn Walls-Thumma

Twitter: @DawnFelagund

Website: http://dawnfelagund.com


“Something Mighty Queer”: Destabilizing Cishetero Amatonormativity in the Works of Tolkien

By Danna Petersen-Deeprose


Translation as a means of representation and diversity in Tolkien’s scholarship and fandom

By Martha Celis-Menzoda


Episode 33: HORSEtory of Rohan Part 1

Today’s episode was produced by James Pierson. James can be found on titter @jpierson



  • Nerd of the Rings YouTube videos about the ancient history of Rohan-
    “The Éothéod – Ancestors Of Rohan | Tolkien Explained”
    Published to YouTube on October 2, 2020 (Accessed 3/19/2021)

  • “Eorl the Young: Founder of Rohan | Tolkien Explained”
    Published on YouTube on October 9, 2020 (Accessed 3/19/2021)

Episode 32: Fate and Free Will

Today’s episode was produced by James Pierson. James can be found on titter @jpierson


Forchhammer, T. (2015). On Tolkien’s Notes on “Fate and Free Will”. Retrieved 2021, from http://www.scififantasynetwork.com/on-tolkiens-notes-on-fate-and-free-will/

Tolkien, J. (2009). Notes and Documents, Fate and Free Will (C. F. Hostetter, Ed.). Tolkien Studies, 6, 183-188.

Flieger, V. (2009). The Music and the Task: Fate and Free Will in Middle-earth. Tolkien Studies, 6, 151-182.

Tolkien, J.R.R., Tolkien, Christopher (ed.). Morgoth’s Ring. London: HarperCollins, 1994.

Tolkien, J.R.R., Tolkien, Christopher (ed.). The Silmarillion. Houghton Mifflin Company

Book mentioned by jude: Flame Imperishable by Jonathan S. McIntosh

Episode 31: The Compassion of the Valar

Episode Notes


Tolkien, J.R.R. Morgoth’s Ring. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993.

Rutledge, A. A. (2012). “Justice is not Healing”: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Pauline Constructs in “Finwë and Míriel”. Tolkien Studies, 9, 59-73.

episode produced by James Pierson.

Episode 28: Framing Devices

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–  J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion



Hobbitween 2020

Adventures in Middle-earth role playing game by Cubicle 7: https://www.cubicle7games.com/adventures-in-middle-earth/

Lore Master: James Pierson
Theo Fleetfoot: Max Jimenez
Fortinbras Knoakes: Jude Vais
Pumpkins Proudfoot: Stef Midlock

Title music: “Lord of the Devil Rings” by Ponymusic, courtesy of Pond5

Soundscapes provided by Tabletop Audio, https://tabletopaudio.com

Additional Music and sound effects licensed from soundstripe, https://www.soundstripe.com

Episode 26: Two Year Hobbitversery!

    <a href="https://discord.gg/B2ZWfKz">Join Athrabeth's Discord!</a></p><h3>Sources</h3><p>- H. Carpenter and C. Tolkien (Eds.), The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin (letter 214)

Episode 24: Dunking on Fëanor

    <a href="https://discord.gg/B2ZWfKz">Join Athrabeth's Discord!</a></p><h3>Sources</h3><p>- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion

  • Kane, Douglas C. (2008) “Reconstructing Arda: Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor,” Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 27 : No. 1, Article 4.

Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol27/iss1/4

  • Walls-Thumma, Dawn M. (2016) “Attainable Vistas: Historical Bias in Tolkien’s Legendarium as a Motive for Transformative Fanworks,” Journal of Tolkien Research: Vol. 3 : Iss. 3 , Article 3. 

Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol3/iss3/3

  • Retrieved from Dawn’s blog post titled: “The Deaths of Kings: Historical Bias in the Death Scenes of Fëanor and Fingolfin” found at: http://dawnfelagund.com/node/8

Episode 22: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Tolkien Gateway “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” Accessed March 10, 2020. http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_Knight_(edition)


Wikipedia “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” Accessed March 10, 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_Knight


Wikipedia “Cotton Library” Accessed April 22, 2020. 



Garth, John. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. Print. Rpt. Mariner Books, 2005. Print.


“Galadriel and Morgan Le Fey: Tolkien’s Redemption of the Lady of the Lacuna” by Susan Carter published in Mythlore Vol 25 Number 3/4 (spring-summer 2007).


JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, HaperCollins e-books. 


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: an introduction by Simon Armitage, Published Jan 31, 2018, https://www.bl.uk/medieval-literature/articles/sir-gawain-and-the-green-knight-an-introduction (Accessed April 22, 2020). 


BBC Documentary:” Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”

https://youtu.be/74glI1lg1CQ (Accessed April 20, 2020)

Gawain and the Green Knight 1973 movie

https://youtu.be/fBEv8xjBJf8 (Accessed April 23, 2020)


Emily Cheeseman’s Gawain and the Green Knight:

http://emilycheeseman.com/greenknight/ (Accessed April 23, 2020)

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