TEP #6 – Corey Olsen (Part 1)

This month, we have a special two-part interview for you! We are elated to have as our guest the Tolkien Professor himself: Corey Olsen!

corey-olsen-300x300Dr. Olsen is perhaps the most prolific and popular Tolkien podcaster in the world. His series like Exploring The Lord of the Rings, The Mythgard Academy, and The Silmarillion Film Project are recorded with live audiences each week, and he has thousands of listeners. The Tolkien Professor also has a nice book which walks readers through The Hobbit. We are so thankful that Corey could take the time to talk with us for a special, extended interview. So if you enjoy this episode, make sure to subscribe and watch out for part two, coming just two weeks from today!

 

 

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TEP #5 – Shaun Gunner

Our next guest on the Tolkien Experience Podcast has been the chair of the Tolkien Society since 2013.

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According to the society’s website, Shaun “regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences.” We are so happy he could make time to talk with us for this episode!

 

 

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The Tolkien Society has many publications to its credit. You can find a complete listing on the publications page of the TS website.

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TEP #4 – James Tauber

Our next guest on the Tolkien Experience Podcast wears many, dare we say geeky, hats. He is the founder and CEO of Eldarion, he helps develop tools for the digital humanities, he loves ancient languages, and he is the creator of DigitalTolkien.com: James Tauber!

james-tauberAll of James’s projects are impressive, but perhaps the one that most of our listeners will be drawn to is his work at DigitalTolkien.com. There James has been working on analyzing textual variants in The Silmarillion. He has also been working to apply the tools used in other areas of digital humanities to Tolkien’s texts. You can visit his website, or listen to the episode, for more information about these projects. We are delighted that he could join us!

 

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You can see James’s Tolkien projects at DigitalTolkien.com and find links to his other work at his personal website.

He also mentioned the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship.

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TEP #3-Andrew Higgins

Our next guest on the Tolkien Experience Podcast is a Tolkien scholar and linguist who has very quickly become influential in the field of Tolkien Studies: Dr. Andrew Higgins!

Hy9DGUAi_400x400Dr. Higgins completed his PhD on the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythology in 2015. His doctoral research was a holistic examination of Tolkien’s earliest works in order to gain a new critical framework to examine Tolkien’s ‘early imaginative language invention’. He has also co-edited a critical edition of Tolkien’s A Secret Vice with Dimitra Fimi. This volume won the 2017 Tolkien Society Award for Best Book! We are delighted that he was able to be our guest for the podcast, and we hope you enjoy the interview!

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You can find the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship at elvish.org

Links to some of Dr. Higgins’s open-access articles are available at the Journal of Tolkien Research.

Below are links to some of Andrew Higgins’s work, we promise to include a link to his book on Tolkien’s languages when it is available (if you purchase a book using our link, you help to support the podcast!):

Dr. Higgins also mentioned this book by previous podcast guest Janet Brennan Croft:

All of the above texts are also available from Amazon.co.uk:

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TEP #2-Janet Brennan Croft

Our second guest on the Tolkien Experience Podcast is an editor, scholar, and librarian who has been a prolific contributor to the field of Tolkien studies: Janet Brennan Croft!

rskMSfB5_400x400Janet Brennan Croft is the editor of Mythlore, one of the most well-respected English-language peer-reviewed journals in the world that focuses on Tolkien and other mythopoeic literature. In addition to editing this influential journal, Croft has edited several collected volumes of scholarship, and is perhaps best known for her monograph: War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, which won the 2005 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies. We are very excited that she agreed to be our guest for the podcast, and we hope you enjoy the interview!

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TEP #1-Dimitra Fimi

Our first guest on the Tolkien Experience Podcast is a longtime mentor, colleague, and friend to our hosts: Dr. Dimitra Fimi.

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Dr. Fimi is known around the world as a preeminent scholar in Tolkien studies and an influential scholar in wider fields. She is perhaps best known for her book Tolkien, Race and Cultural History, which won the 2010 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies. She also co-edited a critical edition of Tolkien’s A Secret Vice with Andrew Higgins. This volume won the 2017 Tolkien Society Award for Best Book! We are delighted that she agreed to be our first guest for the podcast, and we hope you enjoy the interview!

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If you want to see Dr. Fimi’s presentation on “Tolkien, Folklore, and Foxes” from the Tolkien2019 conference, it is available on YouTube.

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