Welcome to The Official Silmarillion Seminar Blog! The Silmarillion Seminar was started by The Tolkien Professor and about 8 other participants from various backgrounds as a sort of “Support Group” (Tolkien Anonymous?). And slowly, chapter by chapter we took on the task of that monumental book . Though being from various backgrounds, we all shared a great Love for Tolkien. And not just Tolkien but, in particular, his work, The Silmarillion, . and believe it or not, we wanted more!
Our mission thus is to make a scholarly assessment of not only The Silmarillion but also the exegetical literature about The Silmarillion and Tolkien Scholarship more generally in the hopes of reaching out to the lay person who wants to contribute to a scholarly conversation. Right now, for instance, we are exploring the “Unfinished Tales” and will be making our way soon on to “The Histories of Middle-Earth” Series.
All of our topics have crossed with various Tolkien artists, LOTRO fans, and Tolkien fans more widely. This blog is an outlet for people to leave comments on recent episodes. Our goal is to have a blog post every week: one to coincide and recap our latest episode and another for Tom Bombadil or whatever is on our members’ and fans’ minds.
The Silmarillion Seminar airs every other Thursday on MyMiddle-Earth Radio at 10:15pm Eastern Standard Time. We are always welcome to special guest participants and fans! If you love The Silmarillion, this is the podcast/radio show for you. We are but branches of the Tree of the Tolkien Professor, and if you want to listen in or catch up on the 30-something Episodes already produced, click here!
The Silmarillion Seminar is led by the great Jason Jewell, who you might know as a Professor at Faulkner University where he holds Chair of the Humanities Department, and of Signum University . Our tech wizard is the “Snake of Silverlake” Dave Kale who besides producing this show, also produces the highly successful “Riddles in The Dark” series with the Tolkien Professor, as well as many other podcasts with Fr. Roderick, my personal favorite being “Secrets of the Hobbit.”
Our other tech wizard and divine voice of feminine intuition is Laura Berkholtz, who also works close with Fr. Roderick AND the Tolkien Professor and is the Editor-At-Large of our Seminar. We also have Jordon Hattery, a self-proclaimed Fingolfin-phile, and great movie reviewer/pig owner, Matt Shaw, a man with tremendous insight (And our “Southern Beren,”) Chris Stevens, the Rock of our group, John Evans, an 18-year old blind prodigy and the future of Tolkien Scholarship. And finally there’s me, Brandon Young, a Philosopher turned Lawyer, Musician, Writer and keeper of this and other blogs and other podcasts. I have two published articles with The Bertrand Russell Society and am working on a book called “Riverrun: The Love of Words, James Joyce and J.R.R. Tolkien.” (click that for my blog on the topic).
The mission of this blog is to expand upon the things some of us forgot to say during the hour we have on the show, or to re-cap a particularly good broadcast. and to pose questions about anything and everything Silmarillion related.
We welcome all comments, debate, and feedback about anything under the Sun.
May the Valar Bless and Keep You Always,
-Brandon & The Silmarillionaires