Jared, Oriana and Ned discuss Jared’s choice of topic: Melian. The wife of one of the three original Elves in the legendarium, she herself is not an elf but a Maia, one of the divine figures in that universe. So what exactly does that make her? An emo kid with a fondness for dark forests? An alien figure looking around at all the Children of Iluvatar that surround her? Or does she really just like nightingales a lot?
Jared’s doodle this episode: Melian.
Need to know more about Bryan Cogman? Here’s a recent Vanity Fair profile.
The Maiar hold an interesting role in the legendarium. Another famous Maia: Gandalf!
The Lady of the Lake—not just a Monty Python reference and joke.
Big Little Lies in Valinor could be a thing, sure.
Meet cutes! You know them even if you’ve never heard the term.
“Take My Breath Away”—for two hundred years, though?
Game of Thrones and decapitation—it was a thing.
The Sidhe (pronounced ‘shee’) are not to be trifled with.
I still love that the original version of Sauron was, indeed, a big black cat named Tevildo.
“My thoughts are not your thoughts,” aka Isaiah 55:8.
Not that we want to brush up on totalitarianism if we didn’t have to, but here we are.
Nightingales! They like to sing, you see.
And yes, Keats sure had a thing for nightingales.
The Valar and gender—this essay also contains the passage Oriana reads.
Homosociality in Tolkien will definitely be a subject for future episodes, trust us.
Like I say, read “Aldarion and Erendis” and the associated material for the next episode if you can via a copy of Unfinished Tales.
Revolutionary Road was first a noted novel critiquing the then-just-departed American 1950s, then a noted film some decades later. Either way, you want social, domestic and romantic angst to the full? You got it!
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