Tolkien Study Recommendations

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I have a small bonus episode for you guys today. As you know, we’ve been discussing the Lord of the Rings timeline and I’ve been researching it a lot as I’ve gone along. In the process, I’ve found a number of resources that are really awesome if you want to dive deeper into these stories. I’m providing a fairly general overview, and can’t really dive deep into some of these books. So instead, I’d take a look at some of the following:

  • First, I’d recommend the author and professor Michael Drout. He is a philologist, which are not common these days. Tolkien himself was a philologist, a professor of ancient languages, and Michael Drout has a lot of literature about Tolkien and his work. You’ll find a number of his books available on Amazon, or you can check out your local library.
  • Second, I’d also recommend author and professor, Corey Olsen. He actually has a currently unaccredited university that specializes in fantasy and science fiction, with Tolkien being one of their main literary works to talk about. While they are unaccredited right now, they are actively working to get that. Now, if you get the iTunes U app and look up Signum University, you can listen to tons of lectures about Tolkien’s work, as well as other fantasy and science fiction literature. That’s hours and hours of scholarly work surrounding Tolkien. They also have a YouTube channel with all of the same content.
  • Lastly, my favorite resource currently is a YouTube channel called Men of the West. This channel releases short 10-15 minute videos about various topics in middle earth, and they are extremely well researched, informative, and entertaining. I’ve been binging my way through his entire back catalogue, which is not something I do very often.

Of course, the best resource of all is the books themselves, so keep following along with me as I go through them. Next time we’re discussing the Children of Hurin, and prepare yourself. It’s a dark one. So long everyone.

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Watching the Best Films of All Time

I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time.

Recently I uploaded a new timeline of the best 1920s and earlier films, with future decades to follow. I’ve often felt like I needed a greater appreciation and knowledge of film history, and I realized that this podcast would be the perfect place to experience that education with all of you.

So this is to announce a second series on this podcast, in addition to the Lord of the Rings timeline which is currently ongoing, where I will begin watching this “Best 20s and Earlier Films” timeline in order of release, and talking to you about them here on the podcast. I will continue to do this for films of the 30s, 40s, and so on. And yes, I understand this is going to take a long time. Unless the films are very short, I only expect to release about an episode per week, and even that won’t be manageable all the time. This series will remain kind of in the background as I go through my other timelines, like the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

If this doesn’t interest you, feel free to skip these episodes and only listen to the ones on the other timelines. But I hope you’ll follow along with me in this journey through the history of film.

Now a few ground rules, I am limiting myself only to film. Television and short films are out, though I’m making one major exception at the beginning of this timeline because some of the most influential films at the turn of the century were all very short. Also, I won’t necessarily cover R-rated films, unless I think they’re super important. This podcast, and the website in general, are geared to be as family friendly as possible. I want people to be able to watch these films with their kids and enjoy listening to the podcast. Now while I won’t hold to this rule all the time, I will often avoid R-rated films for that reason. There may also be other films that I can’t find, or there may be another reason why I don’t cover it on the podcast. But I don’t expect many of those.

So in the next few days you’ll get a new episode covering what many believe to be the first motion picture ever. I’ll talk to you then!

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Starting the Lord of the Rings Timeline

In this podcast I discuss:

  • The real-world historical context around the Lord of the Rings timeline.
  • My own personal history with the franchise.
  • What we plan to cover in our review of each individual story.
  • The potential for that Amazon show coming out someday.
  • An overview of the timeline itself.

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As always, download the All Timelines app to follow along, or visit the Lord of the Rings timeline here on the site.

Keep on reading!

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Welcome to the Timeline Show, the official podcast of AllTimelines.com. In this episode, I will be discussing the approach that I’m taking with this podcast, and what franchise I’m going to be starting first. Continue reading “Welcome to the Timeline Show!”

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DC Universe Unveiled and It’s Everything We Were Hoping For

I don’t normally talk about news here on the site, but this is a big one that was so relevant to what we do here, that I couldn’t pass it up.

After months of teasing, DC Entertainment has finally unveiled their plans for DC Universe, and it’s basically everything we were hoping for. Continue reading “DC Universe Unveiled and It’s Everything We Were Hoping For”

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Huge News! All Timelines Is an App!

Wow, guys, I am super excited to share today’s news. This is perhaps the biggest development of the site since I launched it. Or at least since I integrated the 2.0 timeline format. All Timelines now has an iOS app! I’ve developed it as kind of a simplified version of the website, with the added functionality of having small checkboxes for collecting and binging. Are you going through the Marvel Cinematic Universe and want to check off each movie as you go? This app will be perfect for you. Continue reading “Huge News! All Timelines Is an App!”

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Lord of the Rings Chapter by Chapter Reading Order

To those who haven’t read the Lord of the Rings books, it may come as a slight surprise that their pacing is different from that of most books. In The Two Towers and Return of the King, instead of jumping back and forth between various viewpoints, Tolkien gives us everything from one viewpoint all at once, then everything from the other viewpoint. For some, like me, this can be a bit jarring. It’s like hitting rewind and then watching the whole thing again from another perspective. If Tolkien were to publish the books today, his editor would almost certainly make him split the chapters up to be more chronological. Continue reading “Lord of the Rings Chapter by Chapter Reading Order”

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All Timelines on Reddit

Hey all! Just a brief update.

I had a forum before, but that ended up working badly. Not because people weren’t participating (there was promise there), but because it opened up some back doors for hackers. Unfortunately, I don’t have the technical skill or the money to afford quality security for something like that. So instead, I’ve created a subreddit.

Hopefully, this subreddit will allow all of us to discuss the timelines, any problems they may have, or any new timelines you might like me to create. So please subscribe to the subreddit, and let’s get talking!

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Live Free or Twihard: Bella’s Heroic Journey for Wholeness in Fantasy

Note: this is a paper I did back when I was in Brigham Young University earning my bachelor’s degree. Whether or not you like the Twilight series, there’s something be understood in the psychology of its readers, to understand what makes something so popular.

The Twilight series has undergone nearly every form of criticism known to the written world. And yet, the enormous popularity of the series speaks to it’s value in the psycho analysis of our culture, particularly that of young teenage girls (the series’ primary readership). Despite shallow characters and a lot of cheesy dialogue, there are many core elements that make Twilight more significant. These include myth, the psychological archetypes found there, and the fantastical narratives used to bring them about. For instance, Bella undergoes a version of the hero’s journey, which is an archetype found in practically every culture. In this journey she discovers many other universal archetypes, like the animus (the male side of herself) which once transcended is a big step in the direction her journey is leading her: to wholeness. Continue reading “Live Free or Twihard: Bella’s Heroic Journey for Wholeness in Fantasy”

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Shadow Control: Batman’s Relationship with Himself Through his Enemies

Many would agree that one of the reasons why Batman is among the more popular superheroes is the ensemble of villains he fights, and that he is defined by these men and women. Practically every single villain is insane to one degree or another. Each is also a reflection of Batman, and the question is often raised whether or not he is the creator of his villains, or whether they created him. Many of these ideas and the symbols associated with them tie into the Jungian archetype of the Shadow. Bruce Wayne has many personal demons to control, much as his alter-ego does with villains like the Joker, or Two Face, and the Shadow archetype is representative of this. In Christopher Nolan’s film version of The Dark Knight he brings this idea to fruition. The Joker and Two Face are used to reflect Batman’s darker side and how close he is to becoming like one of them. They are all, including Batman, part of a Jungian shadow complex that is evident in Bruce Wayne. Wayne not only has to deal with the anti-heroes of Gotham, he has to deal with the possibility that his own split personality is one of them. However, in the film, it becomes evident that Bruce Wayne is able to take responsibility for his actions and turn chaos into order, which is what allows him to control his shadow rather than let it turn him into a villain. Continue reading “Shadow Control: Batman’s Relationship with Himself Through his Enemies”

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Ultimate Fandom Timeline: Fantasy in Great Britain

Magic is part of our world in many areas. However, there are some areas of Earth that seem to attract magic and fantasy more than others. One of these areas is known in modern days as Great Britain. The United States has similar qualities but to a lesser degree. It would increase in importance in the future.

After the events of The Lord of the Rings, the entire planet underwent several changes. Continents would move, some areas would flood, and in some areas, new land would arise. That is why it looks very different in different eras of time. Even the seasons were changed for a time, becoming longer. However, the basic shape and positioning of Great Britain was preserved. Continue reading “Ultimate Fandom Timeline: Fantasy in Great Britain”

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The Lord of the Rings and Escapism

Note: This is a paper I did for a British literature class. The paper covers escapism found in modern fantasy literature and using The Lord of the Rings as my primary example. I think it’s one of my best papers so far.

In an academic setting, if you ever mention Twilight, or Harry Potter, or Star Wars, alongside The Faerie Queen, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Beowulf, or even Frankenstein you will quickly be excused from the conversation. This often creates conflict between fans and academics. For instance, The Lord of the Rings has often been both praised and rejected by the literary world. This bias is often attributed to “escapism,” considered an inferior reason to read literature. It would be better to read in order to better perceive reality, to understand, to learn…wouldn’t it? Though “escapist” literature has often been frowned upon in the academic community, a close study of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings reveals that escapism is part of human nature and therefore can enhance our reality, instead of covering it up. Continue reading “The Lord of the Rings and Escapism”

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Ultimate Fandom Timeline: The Truth of Earth Mythology

Myths are one popular form of fantasy and/or science fiction with many variations and explanations. The popularity of these myths is proof that there is some truth to them. This post explains how all of the different myths fit together, especially the nature of mythological “gods” and how they fit into the fandom timeline. Continue reading “Ultimate Fandom Timeline: The Truth of Earth Mythology”

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Why all Storytellers and Businesses Should Consider Cross-platform Storytelling

This is something I think every storyteller and entertainment business should learn, that creating a multi-platform story can only help the success of that story. Generally speaking, in any entertainment franchise, there is a particular medium that is the “core” of the story. For Star Wars it’s film, for Harry Potter it’s books, for Halo it’s video games. However, many of these do not exclude themselves only to these mediums, instead of branching out to include others. These are some of the stories that we specialize in here at All Timelines. And here are some reasons why this should be used more than it is. Continue reading “Why all Storytellers and Businesses Should Consider Cross-platform Storytelling”

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Ultimate Fandom Timeline: How ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Fits In

The mythos of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a big part of the ultimate fandom timeline. Most of the history of middle-earth consists of the first history of our world. I have already mentioned how the Earth was created by Illuvatar, one of the supreme beings, with the help of his first children, the Ainur. One of those, Melkor, was responsible for all things of evil on the planet. Continue reading “Ultimate Fandom Timeline: How ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Fits In”

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