History of Arda : A Tolkien & Rings of Power Podcast

Dean, Alex, Aric Blare

History of Arda explores the writing of J. R. R. Tolkien and helps you understand Amazon's ‘The Rings of Power.’ We respond to episodes of the show, dig into the lore behind it, and answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you! read less

Rings of Power Lore 3: The Rings of Power
22-08-2022
Rings of Power Lore 3: The Rings of Power
Dean and Alex share some Rings of Power updates: a global fan event in movie theaters which we’ll be attending; a change in the episode release lineup (allowing some to see the premiere a day earlier than originally thought!), and the release of the Rings of Power soundtrack. We talk about an article from Total Film’s August 2022 issue: changes in the depiction of Dwarves from what we’ve seen onscreen before; the scale of the show and a focus on smaller moments and character development; and finally, a discussion of whether Ian McKellan might ever return as Gandalf—and who the Stranger might be.  We continue our lore series (at 22:17) by leaving Numenor for an episode to peek back at Middle-Earth and see what Sauron has been up to. We see the creation of the Rings of Power, Suaron’s betrayal in creating the One Ring, and his open warfare on Elves and Dwarves—including the destruction of Eregion and Moria and the slaying of Celebrimbor, Feanor’s grandson. Find us on social media! Say hi or let us know what you'd like to hear more about on the show. Twitter: @historyofardaReddit: r/historyofardaFacebook: @historyofardapodcastIf you're thinking of using Buzzsprout to kick off your own podcast adventures, use this link and get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for a paid account. Doing so also helps support this show! Click below!https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1932355Support the showFind us on social media! Twitter: @historyofarda Reddit: r/historyofarda Facebook: @historyofardapodcast If you're thinking of using Buzzsprout to kick off your own podcast adventures, use this link and get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for a paid account. Doing so also helps support this show! Click below! https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1932355
Rings of Power Lore 2: Numenor
20-08-2022
Rings of Power Lore 2: Numenor
In this episode, Dean and Alex talk about the news from Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con as well as Entertainment Weekly’s July 2022 Comic-Con issue featuring Rings of Power. We talk about the practical sets, the costumes, and… whether dwarf women have beards. We respond to some of the actor interviews from Comic-Con, the genius of having Stephen Colbert host the event, and the close-knit feel of the cast that takes us back to the feels that The Lord of the Ringscast gave us all. We discuss the music of Rings of Power, and the ways different characters, locations, and cultures can be reflected through it. Then we dive into Tolkien’s story of Numenor, one of the central locations in The Rings of Power! Find us on social media!Twitter: @historyofardaReddit: r/historyofardaFacebook: @historyofardapodcastIf you're thinking of using Buzzsprout to kick off your own podcast adventures, use this link and get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for a paid account. Doing so also helps support this show! Click below!https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1932355Support the showFind us on social media! Twitter: @historyofarda Reddit: r/historyofarda Facebook: @historyofardapodcast If you're thinking of using Buzzsprout to kick off your own podcast adventures, use this link and get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for a paid account. Doing so also helps support this show! Click below! https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1932355
Rings of Power Lore 1: Before the Second Age
19-08-2022
Rings of Power Lore 1: Before the Second Age
In this episode, Dean and Alex explain what The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is and talk about some interesting things from the July 2022 issue of Empire magazine related to the show. We discuss its mega-budget, its casting diversity, and what Tolkien material it is working from; the relationship of Rings of Power to the Peter Jackson team’s films; and the competition between Amazon’s show and that other fantasy show in fall 2022. Finally, we talk about what really distinguishes Tolkien, that thing we all hope any adaptation will do its best to capture: the light and the hope within the darkness. In the second half (starting at 30 mins in) we will summarize the history of Arda from the creation of the world to the end of the First Age, in order to set up our discussion of the Second Age (which Rings of Power is set in) in the following episodes. Dean summarizes what you need to know in 20 minutes, and Alex outdoes him by summarizing it in just FIVE.Find us on social media!Twitter: @historyofardaReddit: r/historyofardaFacebook: @historyofardapodcastThanks for listening and supporting this show!If you're thinking of using Buzzsprout to kick off your own podcast adventures, use this link and get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for a paid account. Doing so also helps support this show! Click below!https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1932355Support the showFind us on social media! Twitter: @historyofarda Reddit: r/historyofarda Facebook: @historyofardapodcast If you're thinking of using Buzzsprout to kick off your own podcast adventures, use this link and get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for a paid account. Doing so also helps support this show! Click below! https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1932355