Tolkien holds nothing back when the races of Middle-earth decide to take on Morgoth. There’s treachery, gore, rage, victory, defeat–pretty much what Game of Thrones tried to be.

Join Jonathan and Michael as they discuss chapter 20 of The Silmarillion, “Of the Fith Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad”. This is probably one of the hardest chapters to figure out; it brings together many of the characters we’ve met, but in new circumstances and starts tying together storylines that will see a future payoff.

And test yourself if you can recognize the cameos in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films!

Join us in our extended episode by becoming a member (click that JOIN button next to the SUBSCRIBE button–or go to We talk about Maedhros‘ motivations, James Cameron comparing himself to Tolkien, the 5 upcoming Middle-earth games, and more!  It’s about another 30 minutes of Tolkien talk and it’s free for the first month!

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The Silmarillion
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The Atlas of Middle-earth
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
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