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TEP #19 – Elvella

For this episode, I had the opportunity to talk with Elvella. She is a passionate fan who has some great insights! In this episode we talk about audio adaptations, fanfiction, and whiteness in fandom.

Elvella is a college senior with majors in religion and classical piano. As she starts her senior year, join us in wishing her the best! If you want more insights from Elvella, you can find her on Twitter or subscribe to her YouTube channel!

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TEP #18 – Maria Alberto

For this week’s episode, we are so happy to have a scholar and fan who investigates the Tolkien fan community: Maria Alberto!

Maria is a fourth year PhD student at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on adaptation and fan studies. We want to encourage any our listeners who have read or written fanfiction to participate in The Tolkien Fanfiction Survey: tinyurl.com/tolkienfanficsurvey. Long-time listeners will recognize Maria’s colleague in this project, Dawn Walls-Thumma, who was our guest in an earlier episode! We also want to mention that Maria has chapters in two forthcoming collections: Queer Tolkien and Cities and Strongholds of Middle-earth.

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TEP #17 – Myla Malinalda

For this week’s episode, we are joined by a long-time supporter of the Tolkien fan community: Myla Malinalda!

Myla Malinalda has worked as a part-time reporter for Middle-earth news, and a long time Tolkien fan and collector. She is also a graphic designer and she loves incorporating inspiration from her favorite literature into her work!

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TEP #16 – William Fliss

For this week’s episode, I was able to interview an archivist who works with Tolkien’s manuscripts as part of his day job: William Fliss!

William (Bill) Fliss is an archivist in the Special Collections and University Archives of the Raynor Memorial Libraries of Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Bill is in charge of Tolkien’s manuscripts for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and a couple other short stories by Tolkien. He has started a collection called The J.R.R. Tolkien Fandom Oral History Collection, and he is still seeking fans to interview! Click the link to participate: https://www.marquette.edu/library/archives/Mss/JRRT/fandomoh.php

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TEP #15 – Mary Clay Watt

We are very excited to have the chance to speak with Mary Clay Watt for this week’s episode!

Mary Clay is the creator and host of the Podcast That’s What I’m Tolkien About, where she is reading her way through Tolkien’s works. She has finally made it to Mount Doom as of our recording, so go listen as she finishes the quest! You can find the podcast and links to follow here.

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TEP #14 – Jeremy Edmonds

For this week’s episode, we are very excited to have Jeremy Edmonds, the creator of Tolkienguide.com!

The hosts of the podcast met Jeremy at Tolkien2019, and became fast friends with many shared interests, especially a love of Tolkien’s work. His phenomenal website has been going for more than a decade and a half! There you will find scholars and collectors talking about minutiae and interesting factoids about Tolkien

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TEP #13 – Clifford Broadway

For this week’s episode, we welcome someone who has been influential in Tolkien film fandom from a very early point: Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway!

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As one of several volunteers who helps contribute to the online fan community located at TheOneRing.net, Clifford hosts a live podcast each Tuesday. He also co-produced a documentary entitled Ringers, which chronicles the experiences and perspectives of fans of Peter Jackson’s film adaptations, as well as the larger TORn community. This episode is full of heart, so we hope you like it!

 

 

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Documentary produced by Cliff:

You can also find several articles by and/or about Cliff at TheOneRing.net

He is also live streaming every Tuesday on Twitter,

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TEP #12 – John Garth

We are elated to have with us on this episode a superstar of Tolkien scholarship, John Garth!

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John is a writer who is best known to fans of J.R.R. Tolkien for his autobiographical work about the author, entitled Tolkien and the Great War. He has also written numerous articles and other works about the author, and we are delighted that he agreed to be our guest just days before his new book is released!

Listen in to hear details about his latest work, The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places that Inspired the Writer’s Imagination! We also cover our usual Tolkien Experience questions, so we get to hear about how he became a huge Tolkien fan early on! We hope you enjoy listening!

 

 

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Books by John Garth

His book Tolkien and the Great War is also available on audiobook, as mentioned in the interview!

His short book Tolkien at Exeter is available from his website.

TEP #11 – Margaret Killjoy

For this episode, we are stepping away from academia and diving into the exciting worlds of writing and music with Margaret Killjoy!

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Margaret is a writer of book-length fiction, short fiction, and non fiction. Perhaps our listeners will be most interested in her short story “The Free Orcs of Cascadia” published in The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is also well known for her contributions to music! Our listeners may be particularly interested in her band Feminazgul. You can learn more about Margaret from her website, and even support her on Patreon (where you can also access a lot of her work as a perk of signing up).

 

 

 

 

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TEP #10 – Una McCormack

It is our absolute privilege to welcome to the podcast a very notable writer and Tolkien scholar: Una McCormack!

una-hero-2-768x558A quick glance at Dr. McCormack’s website and you quickly learn that she is a New York Times bestselling author and a prolific writer of tie-in novels and short and long fiction. She is an ex-academic and loves to give public talks and engage with fans of science fiction and fantasy. What is less obvious, though, is that Dr. McCormack is also very involved with FanFiction and Fan Studies! We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we loved talking with this wonderful guest!

 

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The reading day mentioned by Dr. McCormack in the episode was hosted by Jeremy Edmonds of TolkienGuide.com.

Dr. McCormack’s scholarship has been included in several publications, most notably in one of our must-read recommendations for Tolkien fans: Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J. R. R. Tolkien

 

Books written by Una McCormack: