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Episode 71: Lesser-trod Histories 4 - Ælfwine

Come sail away, COME SAIL AWAY, come sail away with us(!) to Episode 71 of Athrabeth, as we continue our Lesser-trod Histories series with a discussion of the framing ...

Episode 70: Lesser-trod Histories 3 - The Music of the Ainur

Our Lesser-trod Histories series continues in episode 70 with a discussion of The Book of Lost Tales, Part 1, Chapter 2 “The Music of the Ainur”. We compare similariti...

Episode 69: A Lesser-Trod Interview with Fornad of ArdaCraft

This month, Jude and Stef chat with Fornad, the founder and administrator of ArdaCraft - the biggest recreation of Middle-earth in Minecraft (and anywhere). Fornad tel...

Episode 68: Lesser-trod Histories 2 - The Cottage of Lost Play

“And so here we builded of good magic this Cottage of Lost Play: and here old tales, old songs, and elfin music are treasured and rehearsed.” Lesser-trod Histories co...

Episode 67: Lesser-trod Histories 1

This month Athrabeth is proud to announce a new, ongoing series: Lesser-trod Histories! We’ll be exploring the 12 volumes of The History of Middle-earth, picking topic...

Episode 66: Tolkien and New Media - Live from Oxonmoot 50

Join us this month for the long-awaited audio from the panel titled “Tolkien and New Media '' presented at the Tolkien Socieity’s Oxonmoot 50, on September 2, 2023. ...

Episode 65: Interview with Thomas P. Hillman

Join Jude and Stef in episode 65 for an in-depth interview with Tolkien scholar and author Thomas P. Hillman. Tom’s new book titled, “Pity, Power, and Tolkien's Ring: ...

Episode 64: A-door-able Doors

Join us this month for a discussion of Tolkien’s doors, exploring various door themes from literature with examples of each theme. First we’ll look at doors as boundar...

Hobbitween 2023

It's the most wonderful time of the year, yet again: Hobbitween! Celebrate the season with another bonus actual play RPG episode!

Episode 63: Interview with Jordan Rannells

This month, Jude and Stef interview composer and sound engineer Jordan Rannells about his Tolkien soundscapes. He has already published “A Long-Expected Soundscape” th...

Episode 62: Bodacious Balrogs pt 2

Join Jude and Stef for part 2 of their discussion about Tolkien’s Balrogs! We’ll cover Balrogs in the wider legendarium including the Fall of Gondolin, The Book of Los...

Episode 61: Bodacious Balrogs pt 1

Durin's Bane, more like Damn Shame we don't know more about these fiery fear bois! But we know enough for TWO WHOLE episodes about Balrogs! Strap in for part 1!

Episode 60: Who's your party elf dad

Who's your party elf dad with a dope cave mansion? THINGOL! Wait no? Thranduil?! Untangle the history of the elven host with the most (problematic dwarf history)!

Episode 59: Ossë and Uinen

If a sea god made sea gulls for YOUR delight would you linger on the shores of Aman for him? This month we take a deep dive, wink, into Ossë and Uinen!

Episode 58: Lesser-trod Paths with Clare Moore

This month, we welcome guest host Clare Moore as she presents Tolkien’s representations of disability and impairment through the lens of disability studies in “Lesser-...

Episode 57: Fairy Fan Fiction

Jude finally defends his oft repeated assertion that the Hobbit is "fairy tale fan fiction"! Stef is a good sport and does her best to make this episode fun and not pe...

Episode 56: Bandaids Can't Fix Arda

Jude is back on his theological soapbox this month, as we dive into a discussion of Arda Marred and Arda Healed.

Episode 55: The (THREE?!) Kinslayings

We do lots of shipping on this podcast but we DON'T ship Fëanor and the swan boats of the Teleri! For this festive Valentine's episode we discuss the many kinslayings ...

Episode 54: Lesser-trod Paths with Wizard Way Kris

Jude and Stef welcome Kris Piet, a.k.a. Wizard Way Kris, to be our first guest host on a new series we’re calling, “Lesser-trod Paths.” In this series, we invite a gue...

Episode 53: Interview with Dr. Sarah Schaefer and Dr. William Fliss, co-curators of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript

This month we have the particular pleasure of interviewing Dr. Sarah C. Schaefer and Dr. William M. Fliss, the co-curator’s of “J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscri...

Episode 52: Orc Daddy

What are all these Orcs making way for? Why, its Athrabeth's new episoden orc-course! Ever wanted to know about how Orcs came to be? So did Tolkien! Find out what all ...

Hobbitween 2022

Holy smashing pumpkins Athrafans (and we don’t mean bald grunge rockers) it’s Hobbitween 3! Whether you're in it for the Himbo Elf, gourd enthusiasm, or dubious proper...

Athrachats: Rings of Power 7 and 8

Jude and Stef athrachat about the last two episodes of Season 1 of Rings of Power, including Sexy Saurons, Sexy ProtoNazguls, and Sexy Dusty Elronds. And whether Eärie...

Athrachats: Rings of Power 5 and 6

Stef and Jude enthusiastically blow their proverbial stacks, not unlike a certain mountain, as they discuss the latest two episodes of Amazon's The Rings of Power epis...

Episode 51: Which King? THE WITCH-KING

These days everyone loves a short king, but around here we stan the Witch-king! Learn a little something about Sauron's co-star from Angmar in Athrabeth Episode 51!

Athrachats: Rings of Power 3 and 4

We're MAEGLIN a big deal out of some theories about the new elf in the newest episodes of Rings of Power. We also talk about singing dwarves and boring Númenor.

Athrachats: Rings of Power 1 and 2

Just in time for Episode 3, Stef and Jude sat down to give you all their "hot" takes. Mostly it's a lot of Jude being thirsty about Finrod and speculating about The St...

Episode 50: Art or Cash

Art, cash or grass, no one interprets Tolkien for free! Join us for our 50th(!) Athrabeth episode as we flash back to our first ep with a discussion of On Fairy Storie...

Episode 49: Oath No You Didn't!

This month, Jude and Stef outline the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to oath-taking in Tolkien’s Legendarium. Join us in Athrabeth episode 49 for a discussio...

Episode 48: (Stef’s Shorts #2): The cats of Queen Berúthiel

This month, discover all the dark secrets of Gondor with the cats of Queen Berúthiel in our intro to this tid bitty goth girlfriend

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