Episode 159: The Lord of the Rings

21 Apr


In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

4 Responses to “Episode 159: The Lord of the Rings”

  1. Reed April 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

    Really great discussion. It’s funny though, I’ve always seen Gollum’s ultimate end as a sort of tragic redemption, although given some of the points you brought up, perhaps poetic irony is a better description. It just always struck me as so fitting and perfect that he would be the one to end everything, even if he was himself too far gone to ever know what the world felt like without the darkness that the ring soaked him in. It strikes me as almost like a Judas type of ending… instrumental in bringing about a redemption he will never taste. Either way, a compelling character and a fitting conclusion.

    • Robert May 11, 2016 at 10:59 am #

      An excellent point, Reed. And it’s a credit to Tolkien that the two strands of the story – the destruction of the tangible ring and the triumph of intangible good – are achieved at the same moment by the least deserving of all characters. “Poetic irony” – I like the phrase.

  2. Steve B. April 30, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Great discussion, Tyler and Robert!
    If you want to hear another podcast on Lord of the Rings and some of its philosophical and theological themes, I recommend Dr. Peter Kreeft’s lecture: “10 Insights on Evil from Lord of the Rings”. (Just put that title into your iTunes Store search bar or go here to his website where the title is slightly different: http://www.peterkreeft.com/audio/04_insights-into-evil.htm ) Kreeft is the author of The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind the Lord of the Rings.

    I haven’t listened to it yet, but I noticed he also has a new episode called “A Critique on the Philosophy Behind Star Wars!”

    • Robert May 11, 2016 at 11:01 am #

      Thanks for listening, Steve. And also, thanks for the link. LOTR will always be one of those works – and I mean the world created by Tolkien – that bears infinite discussion. I feel like in almost all ways, we only got part of the way there with our episode. So much rich thematic grist for the conversational mill!

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