We are opening the floor to everyone, anyone interested in Tolkien and the topics with in are free to apply, we will select 8 people randomly so long as they meet the requirements (Have internet and a headset to talk into).
We will then announce a topic from the options submited, we have already had contract with several listeners who have put forward ideas such as the classic, Do Balrogs have wings, Where the Valar involved in the War of Wrath, was Numenor a good idea? Are Orcs immortal.
The first debate will probably be in about 2 weeks once everyone is prepared and times are sorted.
We will handle all the production and moderations, from recording of the debate, to editing the down time between talks and then posting it to our show feed and any other Tolkien sites interested in hosting this brand new event.
If you’d like to join contact us here or directly to the show at: Link
In this episode following on from the ring of Isenguard and the Tower of Orthanc we are taking a look at the Statues of the Argonath. The twin statues guarding the ancient norther boundary of the kingdom of Gondor.
Who built them, when, why, how and how do they compare to modern marvels in our world?
Obviously inspired by the famous list of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient world, ours differs only in that we are only counting those monuments that are still surviving as of the events in The Lord of the Rings.
At number 7 on our list is the ring of isengard and the tower of Orthanc. Listen to the episode to find out why this monument to the craft of the Numenorians comes in at numbers seven.
This episode we round off our three part look at Magic in Middle Earth with a look at how Magic is used in Middle Earth. The different types of magic, how it differs from Valar to Elf to Man to Dwarves and how knowledge and natural power play their own important roles.
We look perhaps one of the most important issues of magic in Tolkien, expendable power, using your own natural power dominate and corrupt the nature of something else. Usually an evil act, but not always…
Its one of the questions brought up my new readers of Tolien or those turned off from Fantasy because they think it childish or naive to read about magic and fantasy worlds.
In this first of the three part episode we list several of the examples of magic shown in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. From the surprisingly few examples in the Hobbit, To the more obvious, but also more abstract magic shown in The Lord of the Rings.
IN the next two episodes we will be taking a deeper look into exactly what magic is in Tolkiens world and how it differs to most modern concepts of magic.
This weeks post/episode takes a look at the always controversial topic of the justice system. With a massive prison population an a never ending war on drugs adding to the issue every day, soon 1 out of every 100 men in america will be in prison at some point in their life.
Is prison to answer to all the crimes we use it for, does a white collar money launderer deserve to be in the same place as rapists and murderers?
Does sating the need for revenge trump our social responsibility to people who quite often are a victim of circumstance?
This weeks show takes a look at the established and growing trend of designer drugs, both legal pharmaceuticals and illegal highs. What are the legal, societal and political issues that we face when dealing with this trend in our societies.
The problems with trying to outlaws them, the issues with rapid addiction and the possible of home made drugs.
From their birth mid way through last century to their shift from the laboratory to peoples bathrooms and barns.
Also our soap box looks at the worlds reaction to Edward Snowden and how countries that show support for him and contempt for the USA still dont offer him asylum.
And this weeks Legend or Loser, Wimbledon Winner Andy Murray!