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The Belgariad - Pawn of Prophecy

2015-07-18 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Ryan assigns the Legendarium panel to read David Eddings’ Belgariad series. This is one of the early(ish) fantasy series that helped set the tone for many of the so-called tropes that have been seen since. But this beautifully written tale does them so well, you’ll hardly notice as you start with Garion on his adventure with Belgarath and Polgara.

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REVIEW - Jurassic World

2015-06-13 :: The Legendarium Podcast

After some pointless nostalgia about the podcast in general, Ryan and Craig (at about the 9:45 mark) get down to reviewing Jurassic World. The final consensus: THREE-AND-A-HALF OF FOUR SWORDS. And we do all this without many, if any, spoilers. So enjoy, enjoyers.

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The Silmarillion - Ainulindale, with Kip Rasmussen

2015-05-30 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 1s

The Silmarillion is not a novel. It’s barely even a story, at least as you’re used to. This may be one reason that many struggle with Tolkien’s lifelong passion project. Craig, with the help of guest Kip Rasmussen, tries once again to throw Ryan headlong into Middle-earth. Mellon, goheno nin!
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Heroes of Sci-Fi - Ready Player One

2015-05-19 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 1s

Finishing our sci-fi series by bringing it into the 21st Century, the guys discuss Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

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Heroes of Scifi - Starship Troopers

2015-05-05 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 1s

We’ve solved the Case of the Missing Episode! We read and discussed Starship Troopers in February, and we got in way over our heads in that discussion. But we give it a good shot anyway.

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Rapid Fire Review - AVENGERS:Age of Ultron

2015-05-01 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Todd, Ryan and Kenn give their impressions of the new Avengers movie right after seeing it!

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Viva la Revolución !

2015-04-28 :: The Legendarium Podcast

The Legendarium Brain Trust squees in delight at some of the Star Wars Celebration announcements, we review the trailer for The Force Awakens, and preview Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Daredevil and stuff.

2015-04-18 :: The Legendarium Podcast

A midweek featuring the full crew (we’ll count Ryan even though he just up and leaves halfway through) talking mostly about Daredevil. Todd also reviews the Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game.

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Heroes of SciFi - Sphere by Michael Crichton

2015-04-13 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 41s

Craig and Ryan, along with Todd and Kenn, discuss the ‘80 classic novel Sphere. They try to figure out just what genre it belongs in, and try to convince Ryan that it was a good book. He seems … underwhelmed.

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Nerd News. Mostly Star Wars News.

2015-03-20 :: The Legendarium Podcast

The guys are back on the Star Wars trail, talking Episode 7 rumors, spin-off casting, and the Rebels season 1 finale.

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The Horror! The Horror!

2015-02-28 :: The Legendarium Podcast

After an extended absence, Craig returns with several new panelists for a discussion on the horror genre. The panelists do their best (which, it turns out, is pretty darn good) to convince us that horror has more to offer than just guts and ghosts.

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End of week/Midweek Episode: Oscars, film review, and books

2015-02-20 :: The Legendarium Podcast

In this episode we talk about what we expect out of good films, make some Oscar predictions, (which Craig couldn’t possibly care less about) and we briefly make book suggestions.

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3-minute Review - Kingsman

2015-02-15 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Craig reviews “Kingsman” in 3 minutes. The verdict: it was good…until it was bad. Very very bad.

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Midweek: How Netflix will conquer all!

2015-02-11 :: The Legendarium Podcast

A bit of Geek news and some Television to get excited for!

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I, Robot - This episode cannot harm a human being

2015-02-08 :: The Legendarium Podcast

In this episode the Legendarium Brain Trust discusses the nine short stories that comprise Isaac Asimov’s book I, Robot.  Included are discussions on the three laws of robotics and an in-episode wager that leaves one of the crew a shade more grey than before.

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3 Minute Review - Jupiter Ascending

2015-02-07 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Craig reviews Jupiter Ascending in 3 minutes. He is not very kind.

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A Mid-week Surprise!

2015-02-03 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Surprise one and all it’s a special new episode of the Legendarium Podcast.  This episode we cover our weekly dose of geek news and speculation and talk about some interesting casting options after we review Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX.

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Heroes of Sci-Fi: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

2015-02-01 :: The Legendarium Podcast

We continue our Heroes of Sci-Fi series by tackling 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.  We talk undersea politics and the value of a name.

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Author Spotlight - H.G. Wells

2015-02-01 :: The Legendarium Podcast

A brief biography and incredibly “accurate” discussion of the life of H.G. Wells.

Music: “Hyperfun” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ …

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SHORT - Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson

2015-01-25 :: The Legendarium Podcast

There are too many of you Brandon Sanderson fans out there for us to just let this one go. Craig sits down with Rilee, a reader new to Sanderson, who actually prefers his debut, Elantris, to the revered Mistborn titles. She and Craig run through some themes, characters, and (of course) the magic system in trying to explain why.

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The Time Machine

2015-01-18 :: The Legendarium Podcast

The Legendarium crew talks a bit of nerd news and then begins the “Heroes of Science Fiction” series by reviewing H.G. Wells classic Novel (or novella by Craig’s definition) The Time Machine.

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Enter the Dungeons & Dragons

2015-01-11 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Craig and Ryan tackle their first game of Dungeons and Dragons and they are natural….ly poor at figuring it out at the start. Join the Legendarium crew at HaJoMaJe games for the abbreviated adventure into never winter and the quest for the best 401k option available to adventurers.

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We’re Back!

2015-01-06 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Returning from holiday hiatus.  The Legendarium crew talks about what made 2014 a great year for us fantasy fans and what we have to look forward to in the coming year.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review

2014-12-19 :: The Legendarium Podcast

The Legendarium brain trust is divided on the new hobbit film and they campaign to bring you to their side of the fight.  Whose army do you join? 

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The Origin Story

2014-12-14 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 1s

Before we were the Legendarium we had another name, another story, and now it’s time to let the world know the origin story of our podcast.  This special edition episode is the release of our first podcast recording which was a review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Just in time to prepare yourselves for the release of The Hobbit:The Battle of The Five Armies.

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Hobbit Preview

2014-12-07 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Join Craig, Ryan and Todd as they talk the Hobbit and prepare for the final chapter cinematic release.

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Various & Sundry: Star Wars Trailer, Nerd Gift Ideas

2014-11-29 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Topics include a future series of podcasts (3:45), new trailers (7:10), and nerdy gift ideas (32:40). We also thank and alienate our surprising Swedish listener base in one foul breath.

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Hero of Ages pt. 2

2014-11-25 :: The Legendarium Podcast

We reach the end of the Hero of Ages and come to see the completion of prophecy.  Happy endings abound……or do they? (Cue dramatic music)  Plenty of punchin’ for those who love it and plenty of everything else brings us to the end of our mistborn trilogy series.

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Hero of Ages pt. 1

2014-11-15 :: The Legendarium Podcast

All that “Wait until book 3″ talk starts to pay off.

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Craig’s Review of “Interstellar”

2014-11-15 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Craig reviews Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” in 3 minutes. Ryan coughs up a hairball.

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Women of the Lord of the Rings

2014-11-09 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Our special guests, Sara and Christa, walk us back through middle earth to talk about the women of the Lord of the Rings. 

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STAR WARS Rebels

2014-11-01 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Craig and Ryan, along with Todd and Kenn, discuss the recently premiered Star Wars Rebels cartoon. Todd thinks WAY too much about blaster rifles. Kenn made significant sacrifices just to be involved in this cast. Ryan challenges the panel to some Star Wars trivia.

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Well of Ascension Pt II Sections 4-6

2014-10-26 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 1s

A discussion of the conclusion of Well of Ascension.  The 4 members of the Legendarium Brain Trust start by answering for Kenn’s attack on squishy literature, followed by a discussion of fantastic battle sequences, relationships gone amok, and give the future movie version it’s rating.  

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The Well of Ascension - Sections 1-3

2014-10-18 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Ryan, Craig, Kenn, and Todd discuss The Well of Ascension, sections 1-3. Kenn is super squishy, and loves all the romance stuff, despite his super masculine mutton chops. Todd about puts Ryan to sleep with a discussion of the politics in Luthadel.

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Comic Books and Kids’ Literacy

2014-10-11 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Craig, Ryan, and Todd welcome back Dr Matt Woolley to talk about how comic books can affect literacy in children. Craig is revealed as a no-comic-reading snob; Ryan, who is half-asleep, is revealed to have partied much harder than we thought him capable of.

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LIVE from Salt Lake Comic Con

2014-10-04 :: The Legendarium Podcast

We got the band back together! Craig, Ryan, Todd, and Kenn are joined by a live audience at Salt Lake Comic Con, recorded in September 2014. Chosen topics were quickly discarded in favor of nerdy games and audience participation. Fun was had.

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Mistborn Episode 2 - Sections 4-5

2014-09-27 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Craig, Ryan, Todd, and Kenn are all together again to discuss Mistborn: The Final Empire in its entirety. Todd and Kenn are thoroughly satisfied by a great book, while Craig and Ryan are just about wetting their pants trying not to give away the other two in the trilogy. Topics include magic systems, sleeveless thugs, mysterious mists, and casting the inevitable movie (Alfred Molina as Breeze, duh!).

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Mistborn Episode 1 - Sections 1-3

2014-09-20 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Ryan, Craig, and Todd discuss the world, the magic, and the characters of Mistborn: The Final Empire. The general consensus is … it’s pretty darn cool so far.

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Salt Lake Comic Con Review

2014-09-14 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Craig and Ryan talk about their experience at Salt Lake Comic Con. The short of it: it was pretty wild. And super crowded. The lines were long, the costumes were great, and the booths were many. At the end, there’s a FantasyCon vs ComicCon discussion, and they even philosophize for a few minutes on fan conventions in general. What a treat.

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Various & Sundry: Mistborn Preview and the Ramblings of Mad Men

2014-08-30 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Craig, Ryan, and Todd discuss, among other things: Craig’s high levels of suaveness; a preview of Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson; Ryan’s quick review of the latest Dr Who iteration; and some brief Star Wars news. Two sore throats and too much sugar later … really nothing is accomplished.

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Fairy Tales, the Darker the Better

2014-08-17 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 1s

We are joined by clinical psychologist and Professor Matt Woolley to discuss original fairy tales and their darker pieces.  We cover the importance of these stories for children and adults and we walk through Hansel and Gretel’s story.  All while Ryan gets a chance at a small therapy session.

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Various & Sundry: “Craig’s Back Sweat”

2014-08-11 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 1s

Hobbit News. Guardians of the Galaxy review. A bit of Star Wars news. And we make announcements about some future episodes. Unfortunately, we talk about Craig’s sweaty back at the same time.

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Episode #17 - The Looooong Road Home

2014-07-29 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Book 6, Chapters 4-9. This is it! Our final episode in the LotR series is a doozy, with Larry D Curtis from theonering.net joining us as we discuss the good, the great, and the tear-jerking in the last few chapters. Ryan loves the Scouring of the Shire, Craig thinks that rock he just passed might be an old elf-lord, and Larry thinks the Ring looks decidedly cross-shaped toward the end of the story.

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FantasyCon Review

2014-07-19 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Craig and Ryan wax nostalgic (a whole 2 weeks later) about the inaugural FantasyCon in Salt Lake City. If you were there, come relive it. If you weren’t, consider this the first step to getting psyched about next year! A huge thanks to FantasyCon for an awesome weekend.

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Episode #16 - Ding Dong, the Ring is Gone

2014-07-11 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Book 6, Chapters 1-3

Ryan and Craig explore the…excellent?…disappointing?…something…death of the Ring of Power. This episode features Ryan at his most referential and bizarre. And maybe his most awesome. …

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Episode 15 - Book 5, Chapters 6-10 - Numenorean History 101, with Professor Hanks

2014-06-28 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 1s

Special guest: Nick Jeter. Ryan and Nick have to endure Craig’s lessons on the history and family trees of the Numenoreans, their ancestors, and their descendents. Denethor’s despair is deemed decidedly damaging. How does Witch-king die? Well, we’re not quite sure, but then Ryan gets it with the help of the All-Powerful Internets.

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Episode 14 - Book 5, Ch 1-5: Four Ways to Call a Hobbit to Dinner

2014-06-20 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Lots of lots of lots of details provided by Tolkien. Any writing is better when you say “ye” instead of “you”. The Witch King doesn’t know any multi-syllabic words.

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STAR WARS News - June 6, 2014

2014-06-06 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Ryan and Craig discuss a few recent Star Wars developments–and nerd out excessively–with returning guest Todd Wente, and newcomer Kenn Johnson.

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Episode #13 - Someone has to write a Shelob spinoff

2014-05-23 :: The Legendarium Podcast

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FantasyCon Preview

2014-05-16 :: The Legendarium Podcast

FantasyCon is on! 4th of July weekend, SLC will play host to what we think sounds like the coolest convention ever. Our guests are Larry D. Curtis and Ashley Turner, both organizers for FantasyCon. They’ll tell us all about the panels, celebrities, sword fighting, and world’s-largest-dragons that we can expect.

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Episode #12 - Faramir you big stud muffin you

2014-05-12 :: The Legendarium Podcast

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A Star Wars Day Special - Part 2

2014-05-04 :: The Legendarium Podcast

The discussion continues into the realm of the films and we get a few moments of pro prequel arguments.

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A Star Wars Day Special - Part 1

2014-05-04 :: The Legendarium Podcast

Enjoy this special edition episode as it was meant to be heard! In celebration of Star Wars Day (May 4th) Craig, Ryan, and guest Todd Wente discuss the Star Wars Universe and why it continues to enthrall generation after generation.

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Episode #11 “The Return of the Hobbits”

2014-04-12 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 56s

Book 4, Chapters 1-3

Special guest: Jeff Hewitt, a fantasy author from Georgia. Craig and Ryan celebrate their birthdays hobbit-style. Ryan finally identifies with a Middle-earth activity: rock climbing. Craig thinks Sam is getting a bit orcish in his behavior. Ryan identifies Tolkien’s greatest life lesson so far: get out and serve someone else, you selfish jackass. …

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Episode #10 Does your palantir get HD?

2014-04-11 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 59s

Book 3, Chapters 8-11 With special guest Rebecca (aka Geeklady)

Maps! Craig encourages their liberal use as we make our way through the Two Towers. Ryan wonders if the LotR would be popular if it had been published today. The special guest rolls up “Craig’s LotR Trivia” and smokes it.

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Episode #9 Wormtongue: Finally, a Name Worse than Fatty Bolger

2014-04-10 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 54s

Two Towers, Chapters 5-7

Ryan apparently has some serious problems with the names Tolkien is choosing. Craig can’t really blame him. Peter Jackson may have taken some liberties at Helm’s Deep, but that’s not so bad, considering how amazeballs it turned out. Craig basically reads a Middle- and Old-English dictionary on the air. Good times are had by all.

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Episode #8 Frightfully Treeish

2014-03-29 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 1s

The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapters 1-4

An insanely difficult edition of Craig’s LotR Trivia, much to the chagrin of Ryan and special(ish) guest Brian. Discussion includes the origin of the Ents (they were created because of some cosmic marital strife) and the unfailing cheerfulness of Hobbits. Ryan can’t figure out why people like Treebeard and don’t like Tom Bombadil.

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Pre-Two Towers Interlude

2014-03-08 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 30s

Craig and Ryan discuss what they liked about the Fellowship of the Ring, and what they expect from The Two Towers. Ryan turns the tables on Craig for this round of Craig’s Lord of the Rings Trivia. Craig speaks Elvish. Not kidding.

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Episode #7 - Craig. Loves. Cate Blanchett.

2014-02-23 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 1m 7s

Book 2, Chapter 6-10
Wrapping up the Fellowship, we delve into a timid discussion on religion, and Craig makes a controversial claim: Tolkien saw the future and imagined Cate

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Episode #6 - Hello Balrog, Goodbye Gandalf

2014-02-23 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 44s

Book 2, Chapters 3-5
Finally, we get resolution on the biggest cliffhanger from The Hobbit: What in the world happened to Balin, son of Fundin? We’ll also say a tearful farewell to our trusty guide, Gandalf the Grey.

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Episode #5 - The Council of Elrond and other Elvish Nonsense

2014-02-23 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 40s

Book 2, Chapters 1-2
Welcome to Rivendell! We don’t go anywhere, but we hear a lot about many far away places, from many new and old characters. Elves count by twelves, and anyone who has been to Salt Lake City in the winter has seen Isengard in the flesh.

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Episode #4 - Striders and Riders

2014-02-23 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 46s

Book 1 Chapters 9-12
Picking up the pace, we go from Bree to the Ford of Bruinen, meet Strider, and run away from Black Riders–a lot.

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Episode #3 - The Happiest Weirdo in all of Middle-earth

2014-02-23 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 38s

Book 1 Chapters 6-8
O Tom, Jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo! Discussion includes the singing weirdo, barrow wights, and “mastery” vs. “domination”. We’ve left the Shire, and we’re now in the wide world, just like leaving real life and entering wild world of Fairy Tales. This is not Ryan’s best week as a contestant in CRAIG’S LORD OF THE RINGS TRIVIA.

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Episode #2 - The Shire Goes Ever On…and On…and On…

2014-02-23 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 39s

Book 1, Chapters 3-5
Hitting the road, getting our first glimpse of Black Riders, and lots of first glimpses of what’s to come: poetry, themes, and elves. A salute to the worst accidental innuendo in all of fantasy literature. We also try to answer the question: Why on Eru’s green Middle-earth do we care about the origins of Brandy Hall?

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Episode #1- Birthday Parties and Birthday Presents

2014-02-23 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 39s

Book 1, Chapters 1-2
We discuss the ways of hobbits, Bilbo Baggins as one of the 1% (doggone rich people!), and the setting of the massive story to follow.

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Welcome to the Legendarium

2014-02-23 :: The Legendarium Podcast
Length: 13s

A welcome into The Legendarium.  We give you a brief overview of what the Legendarium is and does along with a bit about your hosts as they prepare to embark into the realm of fantasy.

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