Total Tolkien #005 Two and a Half Swords

Total Tolkien #005 Two and a Half Swords

 

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This episode of Total Tolkien looks at the Elvish Blades of Glamdring, Orcrist and Sting, owned by Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo respectively. 

 

We look at the place and the people who forged them, their powers and properties, why they glowed blue and cut spiders like butter.

 

Three of the greatest swords not only of the Lord of the Rings Stories, but in all the History of Middle Earth.

 

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Total Tolkien #004 Magic In Middle Earth III

Total Tolkien #004

 

Magic In Middle Earth III

 

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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…

 

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Revenge or Rehabilitation?

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.

 

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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?

 

Also on a related note Preston takes a shot at bad drivers who many think deserve prison as well. And Canadas new government sponsored nark app. 

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Topic: Space colonies and the future of manned space

 

Soapbox: Tea Party

 

Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben

 

Summery: A look at the future of manned space flight and our presence in space above and beyond the international space station. Also a look at the new trip to Mars run by reality TV. Is a manned mission just beyond us, economically, for the foreseeable future, are we doomed to one planet so long as people keep crying “Wont somebody please think of the children?!?!”

 

Soap Box is looking at the high jacking of the tea party by the far right. How it started, and where it is heading and what their politics might mean for all of us.

 

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Topic: Designer Babies

 

Soapbox: The Liberator Pistol

 

Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben

 

A look at the up coming ethical problem of designer babies and where the line may need to be drawn to seperate the levels of genetic engineering we will be facing in the coming decades.

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Topic: GMO, Genetically modified foods past, present and future

 

Soap Box: Oblivion review

 

This weeks episode takes a look at Genetically modified food stuffs in our societies, its pros and cons and societies opinion of it.

 

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Topic: CGI in movies and personal identity right. This week we look at the fate of CGI and what may happen when realistic CGI becomes widely available. Will we start seeing dead actors ataring again? Will we see celebrities cast in roles they wouldnt want? 

 

Soapbox: Why Aaron and Preston support gun ownership.