Exploring Middle-Earth every week with the Tolkien Professor

Hail and well-met!

Forgive me for not mentioning this a few months ago, but Dr. Corey Olsen — a.k.a. The Tolkien Professor of so many incredible podcast episodes — has been running a free weekly online seminar going through The Lord of the Rings chapter-by-chapter. Every Tuesday at 9:30PM EDT.

He broadcasts live on Twitch, and there’s an active chat room on Discord that runs simultaneously. Sometimes he even responds to viewer comments and questions! There’s also a forum here where you can carry on discussions throughout the week and post questions in advance for him to answer during the broadcast. I’ve done that a few times and definitely found my appreciation of Middle-Earth broadening.

If you play The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO), he’s actually broadcasting from within the game, and you can join him and other players there in Hobbiton. But even if you don’t play the game, as I don’t, you can watch and take part in the discussion. After the chapter discussion, he takes viewers on a field trip through locations in the game that correspond to the locations that have just been read about in the book, and discusses the ways in which the game developers have interpreted Tolkien’s writing.

I’m in the middle of tonight’s broadcast right now, and hope some of you can join us later. Godspeed!

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Author: David

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4 thoughts on “Exploring Middle-Earth every week with the Tolkien Professor”

  1. I vaguely saw some mentions of the LOTRO discussions on Twitter, and I’m very tempted, but I think the last thing I need to do is get sucked into playing that. Which I definitely would if I checked it out. :p

    1. It does tempt me to play, but the seminar itself is book-oriented and I highly recommend listening in and joining the Discord chat, if you have the time in the evening! No gaming necessary.

    1. You’re welcome! Hope you can join us some time. Another note: we progress pretty slowly, so it’s entirely likely that this seminar will last…a few years. Like, we’ve been going for months and haven’t even reached the Old Forest yet. It’s great, though. 🙂

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