TEP #46 — Sonali Chunodkar

For this episode, we have a guest who is an independent researcher who delves into the interaction between Tolkien and readers: Sonali Chunodkar!

Sonali has an MPhil and a PhD, for which both her theses focused on Tolkien’s work. She has recently presented papers at several Tolkien conferences, including a recent Tolkien Society Seminar. We are thrilled that she could join us to talk about her Tolkien experience!

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TEP #45 — Brian D. Egede-Pedersen

For this episode, we have a guest whose view on Tolkien totally rocks (sorry)– Brian D. Egede-Pedersen

Brian has an MA in history and a minor in English Literature from the University of Southern Denmark. Since his graduation, he has worked as a secondary school teacher and an assistant professor at the University of Southern Denmark. Hi research interests include the appropriation of history, the metal genre of music, and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien!

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TEP #44 — Ted Nasmith

We am so excited that we get to start off season three with a very notable artist: Ted Nasmith!

Ted is one of the biggest names in the Tolkien art world. He has had the opportunity to be in multiple official Tolkien calendar, as well as illustrate editions of Tolkien’s work. Most recently, he has been involved with editions of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales! He also has a written piece in the official 2023 Tolkien Calendar. You can see examples of his work on his website!

We hope you enjoy our conversation with Ted as much as we enjoyed the chance to speak with him!

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TEP #43 — Season 2 Bonus Episode

This special episode of the Tolkien Experience Podcast is a recording of the session that Sarah, Luke, and Sara were invited to host at Oxonmoot for 2021!

They give some background and history to the podcast, and invite on some past guests of the show to give updates on what they have been working on since their interview!

We hope you enjoy it. Remember, the TEP will be back next year!

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TEP #42 — Season 2 Finale

In this special episode of the Tolkien Experience Podcast, Luke, Sarah, and Sara wrap up the second season!

They thank the listeners, reflect on some of their favorite interviews and the changes to the podcast over the year, and share how their own Tolkien Experience has shifted this year!

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TEP #41 — Matt from “The Nerd of the Rings”

For this episode, I had the chance to catch up with the creator of the YouTube Channel The Nerd of the Rings!

Matt started his channel to talk about his passion for Tolkien and it has really taken off over the past two years! I was able to have a great conversation with him about what some of his favorite topics have been, and how he was first introduced to Tolkien’s world!

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TEP #40 –Aurélie Brémont

For this episode, Sara sat down to talk with translator and scholar Aurélie Brémont!

Aurélie completed her PhD in English Medieval Studies on Tolkien and the Celtic Heritage in 2009 in Sorbonne Université, Paris. Since then, she has been present in conferences in the UK and in France. In 2016 she had the opportunity to translate Tom Shippey’s J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century into French and her work continues to be influential in several areas of Tolkien studies.

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TEP #39 — Elizabeth King

For this episode, Sarah talked with a researcher who looks at Tolkien’s works through a lens of trauma studies: Elizabeth King!

Elizabeth is a PhD student and Graduate Research assistant at the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia. Her information page on the university site says that she is currently working “on projects related to developing ecologically responsive multi-component systemic interventions for populations exposed to mass traumas.” This approach informs her reading. We were so glad she could talk with us!

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TEP #38 — Anna Smol

For this episode, Sara was able to sit down with her good friend and veteran Tolkien academic: Anna Smol!

Anna is currently a professor in the Department of English at Mount Saint Vincent University. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the graduate English program at Dalhousie University and in the Joint M.A. in Women and Gender Studies (Saint Mary’s University and Mount Saint Vincent). Her research interests include Tolkien studies, medievalism, and Old English, and she has published her work in many refereed journals.

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TEP #36 — Joel Merriner

This week’s episode is with a scholar whose interest is art history makes for some fascinating insights about illustrations of Tolkien’s works: Joel Merriner.

Joel is an Associate Lecturer in Art History at the University of Plymouth. He is finishing his PhD which examines the illustrations of Tolkien’s work in central and eastern Europe. He presented some of his research at the 2021 Tolkien Society Seminar on diversity (video available on YouTube) and he recently published on the same topic in Foreign Policy We are delighted to have him as our guest!

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