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

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! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beforethefellowship/support

21:27:51 2022-12-07
Feänor masters crafting and lettering (and having kids). The Noldor become more estranged in the house of Finwë. Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:42 Greg reads pages 63-65 f...
21:30:50 2022-11-30
We meet the Princes of the Eldalië. Can we all agree that Feänor is so much cooler than Aegnor? Greg tries to un-embarrass himself by correcting our geography mistakes. Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmar...
21:15:16 2022-11-30
Elwë spots a Maia in the Forests of Lorien, and it's love at first sight — for years! They stay in Middle Earth to build a kingdom. Three friends read and react to the greatest story you've never heard — the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 00:34 Greg...
21:29:30 2022-11-23
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 Silmaril...
21:22:52 2022-11-09
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. Tolki...
21:38:54 2022-11-02
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...
21:22:07 2022-10-26
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 ...
21:01:48 2022-10-25
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'l...
21:32:50 2022-10-19
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 Silmarill...
21:29:19 2022-10-12
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 Mu...
21:28:45 2022-10-05
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 — th...
21:26:40 2022-09-28
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 grea...
21:26:51 2022-09-21
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 pag...
21:23:43 2022-09-14
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,...
21:28:16 2022-09-07
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,...
21:28:05 2022-08-31
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...
21:24:47 2022-08-31
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 G...
21:19:46 2022-08-31
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. (I...
21:00:55 2022-08-30
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