Category Archives: The Lord of the Rings

VoK 328: Tolkien Trivia Part 2 – Don’t Be a Gorbag!


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Join the Vassals for Round 2 (of 100?) of the fun and fact-filled Tolkien Trivia Night!  Contestants Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Shane (Easttexasdirewolf), Alex (LuckyCharms) & Paul (SerDinnerRoll) vie for dominance with scorekeeper & rules enforcer Nadia and host and reigning champion Greg (claudiusthefool).

Join us for a future Tolkien Trivia Night on the Podcast of Ice & Fire Forums

Edited by Greg

Intro music: Ren & Stimpy Big Show Theme
Aftershow Interlude: The Lords of the Rhymes

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VoK: 326 The Hobbit (book) Pt. 1


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Join Vassals Matt (Varley), Drew (Wargasm), Nadia, and Adam (drownedsnow) on the first of a two-part re-read through J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” where everything goes entirely according to plan.
The aftershow begins at 1:17:33.

This episode features spoilers for all published works of J. R. R. Tolkien and probably George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire as well.

Editor: Adam

Picture credit: Gandalf at Bag End by John Howe.
Music Credit: Hero’s Theme by Twin Musicom, Evil March by Kevin MacLeod

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VoK 258: The Silmarillion ReRead (Part 9) – Of the Third Age and the Rings of Power


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave conclude their Silmarillion re-read series with Part 9 in which we cover the final section of The Silmarillion, “Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age”.  Join Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Shane (Easttexasdirewolf) & lurker extraordinaire Amber (Amberrocks) as we cover thousands of years of history in 50 minutes.

We tackle the tough questions:
– Was Sauron truly redeemable?
– How much power did Sauron wield through the Rings of Power?
– What happens to all those beautiful ships that sail to Valinor on their one-way voyage?
– How long do you roll your “r”s when pronouncing Saurrrrrrron?

Edited by Greg

Episode Art: “Sauron Forging the One Ring” by Ted Nasmith

Audiobook clips are from “The Silmarillion: Unabridged” by J.R.R. Tolkien, read by Martin Shaw, copyright 1998 by Random House Audio.

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VoK 251: The Silmarillion ReRead (Part 8) – Akallabeth


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Join hosts Brett (Whitehaven), Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Matthieu (Beric175) & Shane (Easttexasdirewolf) as they retell the story of the fall of Numenor.

Edited by Bina007

Episode Art: “The Fall of Numenor” by Darrell Sweet.

Song: Akallabeth by Iggy Metall and Samwise the Brave by Howard Shore, available to purchase on iTunes and other  services.

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VoK 249: The Silmarillion ReRead (Part 7) – The End of an Age


Doors_of_NightThe Vassals of Kingsgrave gather to finish The Quenta Silmarillion.  In part 7 of the re-read we cover chapters 22-24 (Of the Ruin of Doriath, Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin & Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath).

Join hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Matthieu (Beric175) & Shane (Easttexasdirewolf) as we recap battles between Elves & Dwarves, Beren kicking some Dwarvish ass, many discussions on the Half-elven, ACTUAL WINGED DRAGONS! as well as the epic conclusion of the first age and the (final?) war between Morgoth and The Valar.

Edited by Greg

Audiobook clips are from “The Silmarillion: Unabridged” by J.R.R. Tolkien, read by Martin Shaw, copyright 1998 by Random House Audio.

Episode Art: “The Doors of Night” by John Howe.

Song: “Die Dragons” by Shane, copyright VOK Classics 2015

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VoK 236: The Silmarillion ReRead (Part 6) – The Tale of Turin Turambar


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The VOK Silmarillion crew reconvenes after a seven-month recess to discuss the uplifting tale of Turin Turambar and his messed up family.  Join hosts Greg, Brett & Matt as we spend and unusual amount of time discussing Glaurung’s lack of wings (which two of us are still getting over), the collected wit and wisdom of Sador Labadal, Oedipal complexes in the First Age and many more fun topics.

Previous Silmarillion Re-Read episodes are VOK episodes 147, 155, 163, 172 & 182.

Edited by Greg

Music: “The World Turned Upside Down” written circa 1640 (author unknown).  Performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

Artwork: “Glaurung and Nienor by Eric Velhagen

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VoK 182: The Silmarillion ReRead (Part 5) – Beren and Luthien


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave celebrate Valentine’s Day by discussing Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Luthien.  Star-crossed lovers or doomed from the start?

Beren the mortal falls in love with Luthien, the most beautiful elf that has ever lived.  Before they can marry Beren must complete the impossible task of cutting a Silmaril from the crown of Morgoth.  As we follow Beren on his journey we touch on the continued dickishness of the Sons of Feanor, the possibility of Morgoth babies, the epic awesomeness that is Huan the Hound of Valinor as well as the Epic Rap Battles of the First Age and Luthien’s ability to make everyone simultaneously fall in love with her and fall asleep.

Hosts Greg, Matt, Alix, Matthieu, & Eddie discuss all this and more in the fifth part of our continued Silmarillion re-read series.  The previous episodes in this series are VOK Episodes 147, 155, 163 & 172.

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Image art: “Carcharoth” by Justin Gerard

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