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Before the Fellowship: Fans Read and React to the Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien Every Week

Before the Fellowship: Fans Read and React to the Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien Every Week

By Camwë Danrod Gregolas

Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us: witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain who's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grab a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us each week!
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To Get on the Floating Island or Not? The Elves Decide Their Fate — Episode 14
To Get on the Floating Island or Not? The Elves Decide Their Fate — Episode 14
Ulmo saves Elves with a floating island. Aulë teaches the Noldor to craft some gems (uh oh...) Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:51 Cameron reads pages 57-60 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 12:25 Reading Summary 13:30 Discussion: Where *exactly* did the elves live in Valinor? And how you can distinguish the different races. Keep your eyes on the Noldor... "To these the Valar had given a land and a dwelling-place. Even among the radiant flowers of the Tree-lit gardens of Valinor they longed still at times to see the stars; and therefore a gap was made in the great walls of the Pelóri, and there in a deep valley that ran down to the sea the Eldar raised a high green hill: Túna it was called. From the west the light of the Trees fell upon it, and its shadow lay ever eastward; and to the east it looked towards the Bay of Elvenhome, and the Lonely Isle, and the Shadowy Seas. Then through Calacirya, the Pass of Light, the radiance of the Blessed Realm streamed forth, kindling the dark waves to silver and gold, and it touched the Lonely Isle, and its western shore grew green and fair. There bloomed the first flowers that ever were east of the Mountains of Aman." Send feedback to beforethefellowship@gmail.com WATCH this Episode on YouTube Follow us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!)
29:31
November 23, 2022
Elves Are Summoned to Valinor: Ingwë, Finwë, Elwë, & Olwë March West (pages 53-54) — Episode 12
Elves Are Summoned to Valinor: Ingwë, Finwë, Elwë, & Olwë March West (pages 53-54) — Episode 12
What happens in the hearts of Elves when they are summoned to the eternal city? Who goes and who tarries? What bliss or doom awaits them in Valinor? Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:57 Dan reads pages 53-54 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 09:04 Discussion "Long and slow was the march of the Eldar into the west, for the leagues of Middle-earth were uncounted, and weary and pathless. Nor did the Eldar desire to hasten, for they were filled with wonder at all that they saw, and by many lands and rivers they wished to abide; and though all were yet willing to wander, many feared rather their journey's end than hoped for it Therefore whenever Oromë departed, having at times other matters to heed, they halted and went forward no more, until he returned to guide them." Send feedback to beforethefellowship@gmail.com WATCH this Episode on YouTube Follow us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
22:53
November 09, 2022
Melkor Breeds Orcs and the Valar Attack (pages 49-53) — Episode 11
Melkor Breeds Orcs and the Valar Attack (pages 49-53) — Episode 11
Melkor commits the most hateful thing to Iluvitar, the creation of the orcs. The Valar decide to make war upon him. He is captured and tried in the Ring of Doom. Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:30 Cameron reads pages 49-53 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 13:16 Discussion  "Manwë sat long in thought upon Taniquetil, and he sought the counsel of Ilúvatar. And coming then down to Valmar he summoned the Valar to the Ring of Doom, and thither came even Ulmo from the Outer Sea." Send feedback to beforethefellowship@gmail.com WATCH this Episode on YouTube Follow us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
38:54
November 02, 2022
Melkor Makes Monsters and a Fortress (pages 47-49) — Episode 10
Melkor Makes Monsters and a Fortress (pages 47-49) — Episode 10
Melkor (Morgoth) delves a fortress called Angband and makes some Balrogs. The Valar hold counsel. Should they intervene or wait for him to reveal himself?  Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:30 Greg reads pages 47-49 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 09:35 Discussion "Yavanna spoke before the Valar, saying: 'Ye mighty of Arda, the Vision of Ilúvatar was brief and soon taken away, so that maybe we cannot guess within a narrow count of days the hour appointed. Yet be sure of this: the hour approaches, and within this age our hope shall be revealed, and the Children shall awake. Shall we then leave the lands of their dwelling desolate and full of evil? Shall they walk in darkness while we have light? Shall they call Melkor lord while Manwë sits upon Taniquetil?" WATCH this Episode on YouTube Follow us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
22:08
October 26, 2022
Season 2 is COMING! Send Your Feedback and We'll Send You the 4th Silmaril(?)
Season 2 is COMING! Send Your Feedback and We'll Send You the 4th Silmaril(?)
Do you like one reader over another? Should Greg wear a tie? Should Cameron become British? Should Dan join Morgoth's boy band? What feedback do you have? We want it all. Send it in and you might be featured on the show! Let us know what you like and we'll keep doing it.  Send in any feedback to beforethefellowship@gmail.com *there is no fourth Silmaril
01:49
October 25, 2022
Aulë makes the Dwarves, but his wife (and Iluvitar) are not happy about it! (pages 43-46) — Episode 9
Aulë makes the Dwarves, but his wife (and Iluvitar) are not happy about it! (pages 43-46) — Episode 9
Aulë creates the dwarves in secret, so Iluvatar rebukes him. Now what will happen to the Dwarves? Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:38 Dan reads pages 43-46 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 15:36 Discussion "For it is said that after the departure of the Valar there was silence, and for an age Ilúvatar sat alone in thought. Then he spoke and said: 'Behold I love the Earth, which shall be a mansion for the Quendi and the Atani! But the Quendi shall be the fairest of all earthly creatures, and they shall have and shall conceive and bring forth more beauty than all my Children; and they shall have the greater bliss in this world. But to the Atani I will give a new gift." WATCH this Episode on YouTube Follow us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
32:51
October 19, 2022
The End of the Beginning. Death is the GIFT of Iluvitar?! (pages 40-42) — Episode 8
The End of the Beginning. Death is the GIFT of Iluvitar?! (pages 40-42) — Episode 8
The stage is set. The Children of Iluvatar come on to the scene. Elves are made more in the likeness of the Ainur, and their lives are tied to the Earth. Men have been given strange gifts, such as mortality and the power to shape their lives beyond the Music of the Ainur.  Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:13 Cameron reads pages 40-42 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 10:04 Discussion "For it is said that after the departure of the Valar there was silence, and for an age Ilúvatar sat alone in thought. Then he spoke and said: 'Behold I love the Earth, which shall be a mansion for the Quendi and the Atani! But the Quendi shall be the fairest of all earthly creatures, and they shall have and shall conceive and bring forth more beauty than all my Children; and they shall have the greater bliss in this world. But to the Atani I will give a new gift." WATCH this Episode on YouTube Follow us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
29:20
October 12, 2022
The Two Trees, the Source of the Silmarills (pages 37-40) — Episode 7
The Two Trees, the Source of the Silmarills (pages 37-40) — Episode 7
The Valar mourn after the marring of Arda. Yavanna makes the most renowned creation in all of the world: the Two Trees of Valinor. (Also, do you think Morgoth is in a punk band?) Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:13 Greg reads pages 37-40 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition  08:57 Discussion "And as they watched, upon the mound there came forth two slender shoots; and silence was over all the world in that hour, nor was there any other sound save the chanting of Yavanna. Under her song the saplings grew and became fair and tall, and came to flower; and thus there awoke in the world the Two Trees of Valinor. Of all things which Yavanna made they have most renown, and about their fate all the tales of the Elder Days are woven." WATCH this Episode on YouTube Follow us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
28:45
October 05, 2022
The Valar Rest but Melkor Strikes! (pages 35-37) — Episode 6
The Valar Rest but Melkor Strikes! (pages 35-37) — Episode 6
Behind the walls of Almaren, the Valar rest in contentment, but evil never sleeps. Melkor attacks and forever changes the world of Arda. We share the meaning of our names. (Everyone knows which one is the coolest.) Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:30 Dan reads pages 35-37 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 10:59 Discussion "Now Melkor began the delving and building of a vast fortress, deep under Earth, beneath dark mountains where the beams of Illuin were cold and dim. That stronghold was named Utumno. And though the Valar knew naught of it as yet, nonetheless the evil of Melkor and the blight of his hatred flowed out thence, and the Spring of Arda was marred." WATCH this Episode on YouTube Follow us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
26:41
September 28, 2022
Gandalf's Origin Story and Melkor's Descent (pages 30-32) — Episode 5
Gandalf's Origin Story and Melkor's Descent (pages 30-32) — Episode 5
Today, we hear about the Maiar coming to Arda (including a familiar grey wizard) and Melkor descends into deep darkness. Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:28 Cameron reads pages 30-32 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition  08:25 Discussion   "Wisest of the Maiar was Olórin. He too dwelt in Lórien, but his ways took him often to the house of Nienna, and of her he learned pity and patience. Of Melian much is told in the Quenta Silmarillion. But of Olórin that tale does not speak; for though he loved the Elves, he walked among them unseen, or in form as one of them, and they did not know whence came the fair visions or the promptings of wisdom that he put into their hearts. In later days he was the friend of all the Children of Ilúvatar, and took pity on their sorrows; and those who listened to him awoke from despair and put away the imaginations of darkness." WATCH this Episode on YouTube Follow us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER  INSTAGRAM  FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
26:52
September 21, 2022
Lords and Queens Take Shape (pages 27-29) — Episode 4
Lords and Queens Take Shape (pages 27-29) — Episode 4
Today, we hear about the rest of the Lords and Queens of Middle Earth. We pick our favorites! Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:13 Greg reads pages 27-29 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 08:15 Discussion "Among them Nine were of chief power and reverence; but one is removed from their number, and Eight remain, the Aratar, the High Ones of Arda: Manwë and Varda, Ulmo, Yavanna and Aulë, Mandos, Nienna, and Oromë." WATCH this Episode on YouTube Follow us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
23:44
September 14, 2022
Meet the Mighty Lords and Queens! (pages 25-27) — Episode 3
Meet the Mighty Lords and Queens! (pages 25-27) — Episode 3
Today we meet the first of the Valar (Lords) and Valier (Queens) of Arda. Aulë fights Melkor. Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:17 Dan reads pages 25-27 from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 10:10 Discussion WATCH this Episode on YouTube FOLLOW us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK Ever wondered if Tolkien wrote anything that matched the Lord of the Rings? Well he did! Kind of. The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The 'Before the Fellowship' Podcast gets right into the story. So grab your cup of tea or favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us each week as we read and react to the Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien. The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
28:17
September 07, 2022
The First Epic Battle against Melkor (pages 18-22) — Episode 2
The First Epic Battle against Melkor (pages 18-22) — Episode 2
Today we read the battle between the Creation of the Valar and the destruction of Melkor. Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:17 Cameron Reads (pages 18-22) from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 16:00 Discussion WATCH this Episode on YouTube FOLLOW us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us. Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
28:05
August 31, 2022
Eru Creates Middle Earth, through Music! (pages 15-18) — Episode 1
Eru Creates Middle Earth, through Music! (pages 15-18) — Episode 1
Today we hear about the Creation of all things, through music! But Melkor wants to be a bigger part of the music and so discord begins... Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:16 Greg reads the Creation Story: 'The Music of the Ainur' (pages 15-18) from the Silmarillion, 2nd Edition 11:06 Discussion WATCH this Episode on YouTube FOLLOW us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The Silmarillion is a book everyone should read, but it can be intimidating. Go on a journey with us.  Witness the creation of Tolkien's universe, meet the villain that's bigger and badder than Sauron, and hear a love story that will leave you in tears. We are not experts, we're just fans like you. And we're having a blast going through this masterpiece of fiction, 15 minutes at a time. Grad a cup of tea or your favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us every week!
24:47
August 31, 2022
The Silmarillion is the Greatest Story You've Never Heard (so let's read it together!)
The Silmarillion is the Greatest Story You've Never Heard (so let's read it together!)
Why is this podcast different? Because we get right to the story. We are not experts, we're big fans. Meet the hosts: Cameron O'Hearn (Camwë), Dan Driver (Danrod), and Greg Montana (Gregolas) as we begin our journey to read the Silmarillion in a year. (In memory of Guy Kay) 00:13 Why is this podcast different? 14:41 Danrod reads the Appendix 16:49 Final thoughts WATCH this Episode on YouTube FOLLOW us as we follow Tolkien: TWITTER INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK Ever wondered if Tolkien wrote anything that matched the Lord of the Rings? Well he did! Kind of. The Rings of Power comes to Amazon, but nothing compares to the real story JRR Tolkien wrote. Is the Silmarillion his masterpiece? The 'Before the Fellowship' Podcast gets right into the story. So grab your cup of tea or favorite scotch (or your steering wheel!) and join us each week as we read and react to the Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien.
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August 31, 2022
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