Longwinded One: The Podcast
By Longwinded One
Longwinded One: The PodcastMar 04, 2019
S04E50 - The Sembian Revival
THIS EPISODE CONTAINS EACH NARRATIVE EPISODE FROM SEASON 4, IN ONE UNINTERRUPTED EPISODE. ENJOY!
Far East of the Sword Coast, the Shadovar and Uskevren have fallen. The Shadowstorm is no more. Sembia is fractured into city states. A mysterious hero rises from the ashes to usher in a new era of prosperity. Yet, there is still suffering. Cormyr and the wild elves of the Dalelands offer war on all sides. Earthmotes, madness, and shadow dragons plague the lands. These are the tales of the heroes who ended that suffering… 1491 DR The Year of Sembian Revival.
S04E49 - Sembian Revival: Interview with the Archmage: Ed Greenwood
Join us as we chat with the Archmage, Ed Greenwood, about Sembia. We learn from him about the process of writing The Halls of Stormweather, about the evolution of Forgotten Realms, and about the details that pertain directly to this podcast (who is Yeven, what exactly was Koril's Well, etc.).
Archivos Podcast: 20 Minutes with Ed Greenwood https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/archivos-podcast-network/id495606011?i=1000350514067
Plotpoints Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/plot-points/id768952889?i=1000462077700
Sembia References: https://longwinded.one/sembian-sources/
Fate of the Norns: https://pandemoniumbooks.com/collections/pendlehaven-games
The Ultimate Viking Anthology: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/avalkauskas/the-ultimate-viking-anthology?ref=geeknative
S04E48 - Sembian Revival: All Cast Reunion
Join us as we chat with the voice actors who made this podcast happen. Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout this last year. We hope everyone enjoyed it.
S04E47 - Sembian Revival: Epilogue, 30 Mirtul
The morning after the battle inside of Old Hazard Farm... We find out what comes next for our heroes. Mitoa goes to Cormyr (with something in tow). Ciran heads to Battledale. Jendal stays at the Farm. And Sonya heads off on a secret adventure.
S04E46 - Sembian Revival: Old Hazard Farm, 29 Mirtul
Thaisce takes Mitoa and Jendal to Old Hazard Farm. Inside the group battles the shadar-kai and their leader, Kaligax. Jendal encounters Lana. And though both she and Jendal end up badly beaten, Lana sacrifices herself to save her adopted brother. Thaisce finds the tablets and transports them to safety, and the rest of the party readies themself for an Aldond reunion.
S04E45 - Sembian Revival: Palace of the Hulorn, 29 Mirtul
As Aldond breaks down the door to the ballroom, the Battle Royale begins. Thaisce and Aldond battle Fargo. The others battle the Helms. During the fight, the Source is damaged and Sonya has to hold Selgaunt aloft with the power of her mind (and ultimately take the earthmote back to the Selgaunt crater). In the end, Fargo is dispatched, and Thaisce, Jendal, and Mitoa head to the farm. Ciran stays behind to look after the unconscious/exhausted body of Sonya.
S04E44 - Sembian Revival: The Hunting Garden, 29 Mirtul
The scene opens as Gryff, the shadow dragon of Thera and Bhaal's creation, and Tunorimorgil fight to the death. Mitoa rides on the back of Tunori, helping him navigate the shadow stepping creature. Then, we find the rest of the party in the Hunting Garden of the Hulorn, inside of Selgaunt (the now earthomote). When all hope at surviving seems lost, a polymorphed Mitoa flies in as a dragon. Fargo and his Blades retreat to the palace. The party follows and is trapped in the ballroom with an injured Source and all of the Helms. As the episode closes, we hear the banging of an unknown person, trying to get into the ballroom.
S04E43 - Sembian Revival: Ben Does Voice Acting
This episode brings with it the last of our one-on-one cast interviews. Ben played parts in the show from Tunori to Adon. He helped to bring personality to many supporting parts. Come and listen as we get to know our cast member a little better.
S04E42 - Sembian Revival: The Scar, 29 Mirtul
The party finds themselves transported to The Scar, just outside of Sembia. There, they find the last beacon, and discover the Shaking Plague has come back in a big way. Just as they realize they can't destroy the last beacon without causing problems, they hear the Selgaunt earthmote float over Scardale. Approaching the city the heroes find themselves pitted against the inflicted townspeople, the ballistae from Selgaunt and the approaching shadow dragon- Griff! Just when all hope is lost, Mitoa comes riding in on Tunorimorgil, and The Source gives a little aid.
S04E41 - Sembian Revival: Reviving Moondale, 28 Mirtul
We begin the episode with a flashback just after Mitoa received his first Harper mission. His handler speaks to him about seeking out Aldond, and "doing what is right" for Sembia. Then, we fast forward to the present, where somehow Mitoa and Aldond both emerge from the new forests of Ordulin- the wasteland caused by the Maelstrom having been eradicated by the planting of the Koril Seed. As Mitoa begins to question Aldond, a familiar black dragon shows up!
S04E40 - Sembian Revival: The Fortress and the Farm, 28 Mirtul
Ciran awakes to find himself in the Shadowfell. What's worse? He is in the courtyard of the Fortress of Memories. Beside him are the bodies of his friends. The Raven Queen does that "bad guy monologue" when the grace of Hanali pulls the spirits of Thaisce, Jendal, and Sonya away from the dark. They awaken and begin to be transported to Scardale. However, before they can leave, the Raven Queen leaves them with a picture of what is happening to Jendal's adopted family- Lana and Prospero. Little does he know that they are the keepers of the Tablets of Fate at Old Hazard Farm, where Kaligax and his Shadar-kai brothers have just arrived.
S04E39 - Sembian Revival: The Hole of Yhaunn, 27 Mirtul
The party discovers that the Hole of Yhaunn is no longer just a dead magic zone. In parts of the Hole, the potency of magic is doubled! After Spitze dispatches the rest of his friends, Ciran uses "something he won in an 'Ante' game back in Westgate" to destroy Spitze. Then, Adon says a fond farewell to Ciran, by offering the grace of Lady Goldheart.
S04E38 - Sembian Revival: Being Bold with Jendal
In this episode we get to know Steve, the man behind the monk. We also talk about Star Wars, past campaigns, and what is to come for Jendal. Enjoy.
S04E37 - Sembian Revival: Puppets of the Raven Queen, 27 Mirtul
Spitzes, One of the "children" of Thera, is alone in the Hole of Yhaunn. He knows that something has happened to his mother. But his brother, Griff, reaches out after he escapes the fallout of the Koril Seed in Ordulin. The shadow dragon brothers plot their revenge on Sonya and her group. Meanwhile, in Selgaunt, The Source, Fargo, and Kaligax plot their next steps.
S04E36 - Sembian Revival: John Pruden, the Voice of Erevis Cale
In this episode, we interview the esteemed John Pruden. He voiced our beloved Erevis Cale, Magadon Kest, and Drasek Riven in eight of the Sembia novels. We find out about his recording process, his interaction with Audible and Wizards of the Coast, and- as a special treat- he reads a snippet of "All the Sinners' Saints" (a short story published in Dragon Magazine #297).
S04E35 - Sembian Revival: Sakkors, Part 3, 27 Mirtul
After a brief rest, the group begin talking about their next steps. Aldond appears to be out from under the influence of the Raven Queen, yet still in withdrawal from the power of his sword. The group senses some helms being slaughtered outside the walls of Sakkors, and braces for the coming of Thera (The Ravager) and her dragon, Griff. In the chaos that unfolds, the group realizes that Aldond has thrown himself into he ravine, likely in an ill-fated attempt to find his blade. Sonya shadow steps the group away from Ordulin, but Mitoa stays behind to plant the Koril Seed. The rest of the group step through the shadows to Yhaunn.
S04E34 - Sembian Revival: Sakkors, Part 2, 26 Mirtul
The battle with Aldond is on. Ciran does some swashbuckling with Aldond and his blade, Aurumordic. Jendal rescues Thaisce from the ledge. Sonya is alive (and knocks the blade out of Aldond's hands). Thaisce uses Celestiar to dispel Aurumordic and Ciran throws the sword off of the bridge and into the ravine. Then the group ponders what to do with the defeated Lord High Governor...
S04E33 - Sembian Revival: Sakkors, Part 1, 26 Mirtul
In this pivotal episode, the party meets Aldond Talendar in the Inner Sanctum of Sakkors. The Source leave's Sonya's body for the new mythallar that Aldond and and his Shadar-kai have constructed (with the help of the Raven Queen). And just before all hell breaks loose, the mythallar teleports away to Selgaunt.
S04E32 - Sembian Revival: The Dawnpost, 26 Mirtul
The crew heads along just north of the Dawnpost from Yeven's Shrine. Eventually, they make it to the destruction that was formerly the capital- Ordulin. There they encounter the Shadar-kai, led by their leader Kaligax. When a battle ensues, Ciran's brother, Firin, comes to their rescue.
S04E31 - Sembian Revival: Upper Yeven‘s Shrine, 23 Mirtul
With the heroes reeling from Sonya's death, the doors of Yeven's Shrine open to the upper levels. Adon brings them up to meet the caretaker of the shrine, Tassarion. Tassarion tells Ciran that he is a noble elf, son of a powerful elven woman named Yeven, who preached the "duality" of the Seldarine. The group decides that the next move should be to take Sonya's body "home" to the ruins of Sakkors - in Ordulin.
S04E30 - Sembian Revival: Lower Yeven‘s Shrine, 23 Mirtul
Having escaped Thera in Ravager form and her dragon Griff. We learn that Ciran found an Avenorani flower and wished his way (at the suggestion of Adon) to his mother's home- Yeven's Shrine. Appearing in the underground rooms of the shrine, the crew learns that the elves used this space for grand trance experiences, and that they may not leave the space without having experienced a vision. Mitoa glimpses a vast ruined cavern with a glowing orb. Ciran appears in the "Hole" and speaks to Thera's other dragon, named Spitze. Thaisce appears near a city, "where the scar meets the sea." There a mountain emerges from the clouds. And Jendal hears his long-lost "sister's" words through Sonya's dying lips.
S04E29 - Sembian Revival: The Legend of Dave Gross
Come chat with the author/editor of such things such as: Star Wars Insider, Amazing Stories, and Dragon Magazine. In this episode Dave Gross talks about his time at TSR, Wizards of the Coast, and Paizo Publishing. He also talks about his love of Forgotten Realms and the characters of Tamlin and Talbot Uskevren from Selgaunt.
Dave Gross Official Site (see the pinned post on the order of the Radovan & the Count novels) http://frabjousdave.com
Handsome Siblings https://www.netflix.com/title/80996973
Defenders of Dunbury Castle https://aetaltis.com
S04E28 - Sembian Revival: Thera and Thiasce, A House Divided
Jeremiah and Evelyn stopped by to chat about their characters. Join us to learn more about Thiasce and Thera.
S04E27 - Sembian Revival: Ramblecoats, 22 Mirtul
The party hopes to escape the sound of dragon wings by checking out the cave at Ramblecoats where supposedly Aldond first came across Aurumordic. But inside the cave there is a Shadow Crossing to the Shadowfell. A female voice emanates from the rift and the Raven Queen distracts everyone long enough for Thera to get a seemingly fatal blow on Sonya. When Ciran, in a mad rage, stabs Thera she begins transforming into an Avatar of Bhaal- the Ravager. Jendal pops his potion of Giant Strength and wrestles with the Ravager. Refusing to kill the Ravager, the group escapes to outside of the falls where they run face to face with the Shadow Dragon, Griff. And The Ravager comes up from behind. Thera tells the dragon to unleash its breath weapon, but Adon's new-found friend, Thiasce ("Hash-ca") blocks the blast. And just when everyone thinks they have met their end Ciran finds something on the banks of the River...
S04E26 - Sembian Revival: Villainy, 22 Mirtul
Kaligax begins to set up a perimeter around Ordulin, expecting the party to be passing through any day. Aldond and Fargo discuss what will happen if The Source doesn't cooperate. And Thera finds out there are hidden gifts associated with being a chosen of Bhaal.
S04E25 - Sembian Revival: Archen Vale, 22 Mirtul
In this episode, the characters walk north from Archenbridge to find the dark cave where Aldond found the blade Aurumordic (Chroninastis). On the way to the hamlet of Ramblecoats Jendal explains about his past as an orphan, and his first experience with an Avenorani flower. Upon finding the scary cave, they immediately need to take shelter inside (due to the sound of a circling dragon getting louder and louder.
S04E24 - Sembian Revival: Archenbridge, 21 Mirtul
The party ends their travels from Fairhaven with a pint at Archenbridge's famous tavern, The Drunken Lion. It turns out Ciran's old friend Kien runs the bar there. Kien tells the group about the day they fished all of the soldiers out of the river from the Battle of Rumblecoats. They also learn that one of the Helms who helped bring the bodies out of the River Arken still lives in town. When they visit him, they learn of a mysterious cave in Ramblecoats where Aldond possibly first came into contact with Aurumordic.
S04E23 - Sembian Revival: Writing the Multiverse with Richard Lee Byers
The author of Shattered Mask, Richard Lee Byers, sat down with us and talked this experience writing in the realm. We talked about: his chosen character in the Uskevren family (Shamur), his preferred writing practices, and his favorite hobbies.
S04E22 - Sembian Revival: Temple of Ao, 15 Mirtul
As the main characters escape from the Helms at Fairhaven, across Toril there is a Minister of Ao, named Thiasce (pronounced "Hash-Ca") that is activated from 1,000 years of waiting in owl form. The Deva learns about his past from the temple keeper, a sphinx known as Icosios. He learns of his past trauma and of his burning blade, Celestiar. Thiasce can vaguely see the party's role in securing the Tablets of Fate, and he can also see the danger they are walking into.
S04E21 - Sembian Revival: Fairhaven, 15 Mirtul
The party is being escorted to the Corinthal Estate outside of Saerb. During the trek, it is unclear whether the Helm Commander, Fargo Pennerent, recognizes the disguised Mitoa and Sonya. The group learns that Aldond Talendar was also once a Helm, and was thought dead in a skirmish along the Daleland border, called the Battle of Rumblecoats. Upon reaching the estate, the group manages to escape. They head to Archenbridge to follow up on the details about Aldond's supposed dead, and his emergence with the sword of state, Aurumordic.
S04E20 - Sembian Revival: Saerb, 15 Mirtul
The crew enters the famed town of Saerb, and discover an annual festival going on. This festival celebrates the defeat of the Rich Tharuighagh, by the Battlemaster of Tempus, named Brandon. The celebration has a contest called "Find the Phylactery," which the party reluctantly plays to "blend in." After finding the phylactery, they earn a mysterious potion and are presented with a vacation to the Corinthal Estate by the commander of the Helms, Fargo Pennerent.
S04E19 - Sembian Revival: Ciran, Mitoa, and their Creators
You have had the pleasure to get to know Sonya already. Now, you get the same sort of behind-the-scenes look at Ciran, Mitoa, and the players that both created and voice them.
S04E18 - Sembian Revival: Spotlight Ciran, 13 Mirtul
In this episode the Elves knock Ciran unconscious. And in this state, Ciran remembers training in the wild with his father, Esperan. He also remembers that Firin is no stranger, after all. Meanwhile, A tressym named Adon shows up and wants to show Ciran the way to his mother's shrine - called Yeven's Shrine.
S04E17 - Sembian Revival: Battleground of Shadow and Light, 13 Mirtul
Having just left the tomb of Ravena, the group wanders through the grasslands just east of the Stone Bridge, where the Saerbians once escaped the Shadowstorm and Sakkors. They see a cairn marking the spot where the Dawnlord had fallen from the sky to smite the nightwalker. The group discusses the truth of Sonya's past and gets to telepathically meet The Source. At that moment Aldond's new mythallar makes itself known in Ordulin/Sakkors. The group just decides to head east, when they are surrounded by the Wild Elves, led by Firin.
S04E16 - Sembian Revival: Villainous, 12 Mirtul
In this episode we learn that Thera, though badly wounded, survived the Battle of Drelt. Having just arrived in Yhaunn, she proceeds into the quarry (called the Hole of Yhaunn). Inside, you discover what they have been doing with all of those black dragons... In Selgaunt, you learn that Aldond is planning for his own demise, and he schemes with Fargo about the nature of The Source... In Ordulin, you learn that Kaligax, "The Collector," is told by the Raven Queen to lure The Source to their newly constructed mythallar.
S04E15 - Sembian Revival: Tomb of Ravena, 12 Mirtul
Join Sonya, Mitoa, Ciran, and Jendal as they enter the tomb of Ravena, Daughter of the Rain outside of Kulta. There they hope to learn more about the Sembian sword of state, named Aurumordic, that Aldond now carries. It once belonged to Rauthavyr, first ruler of Sembia. And Ravena, was his bride.
S04E14 - Sembian Revival: Kulta, 11 Mirtul
After a tenday of walking and fighting, the group arrives in the village of Kulta. There they meet Godfrey, a local magistrate. From Godfrey, they learn about how the marketplace in Kulta lies on what is referred to as "The Crossroads," and why there are so many yaks in Kulta (and that they are owned by the Hokkera family). Godfrey directs them to Galiena Riyoma, the Harper contact, who is out on her morning walk. With Galiena's help, they begin to analyze the Battlerise orb/beacon.
The "Hokkera" family name is used, with permission, from robsworld.org.
S04E13 - Sembian Revival: In the Realm with Clayton Emery
Lady Luck granted us an asynchronous interview with the Clayton Emery, the author of the "Night School" short story from "The Halls of Stormweather." Learn about the architect of the Tamlin Uskevren character, and about his time writing for TSR and WotC (Wizards of the Coast).
S04E12 - Sembian Revival: The Battle of Drelt, 9 Mirtul
The episode begins in a flashback of Sonya's last few moments on Sakkors. From the flashback we learned that she was one of the last shadovar off of the earthmote before it crashed into the ruins of the Ordulin Maelstrom. We learned that she has a living sentience inside her, called The Source. We learned that her given name was Alashar, and that the Most High (the leader of the shadovar) knew her and came back to save her, for some reason. After Sonya is pulled back to the present, we learn that Cecil and Thera are battling, and that Tunorimorgil has rescued the black dragon wyrmling from the confines of Drelt.
S04E11 - Sembian Revival: Drelt, 8 Mirtul
The party arrives in the "hunter's hamlet" of Drelt. They explain to Cecil that the Black Dragon, Tunorimorgil, wants them outside the city walls. Based on pride or courage, Cecil agrees to face the dragon outside before Eventide. While waiting for the dragon, Thera and the Helms approach from the south. And just as tensions are rising high, Tunori arrives inside of the city in order to free a black dragon wyrmling that Cecil and his crew had captured.
S04E10 - Sembian Revival: The Infested Hills, 6 Mirtul
The party meets the mysterious black-robed figure just as they leave the swamp. Introducing himself as Tunori, he offers to usher the group through the hills if they help him with a very specific task. The group isn't pleased with the task, or with who the figure turns out to be...
S04E09 - Sembian Revival: Meet Sonya: The Creator and Performer
Come listen as we talk to Marco, who created the Shadovar character, and Abby, who plays her on the podcast. Learn about her character build, the evolution of her personality, and possibly some Easter eggs (if you listen carefully).
S04E08 - Sembian Revival: Philip Athans: The Years of Phil
Join us for this first interview of Season 4. Philip Athans was the Managing Editor at Wizards of the Coast when the Sembia: Gateway to the Realms, the Erevis Cale trilogy, and the Twilight War trilogy came out. He was THE Forgotten Realms guy over at Wizards, and we got to spend an hour with him! Come learn about the editorial and author selection process for the Sembia related novels. And listen as we discuss the transitions from 2nd to 4th editions. This was a lot of fun!
S04E07 - Sembian Revival: The Vast Swamp, 5 Mirtul
Heading through the Vast Swamp is one of the most dangerous things you can do in Sembia. But Lady Tymora seems to bless their path, as they bump into a Sharptooth Lizardfolk near the source of the Darkflow River. They work together to battle pursuing Shadar-kai wraiths. After regrouping back at the Sharptooth village they are rewarded by the Blackscale tribe taking them to the edge of the Infested Hills. There they spot an interesting man in black...
S04E06 - Sembian Revival: East Battlerise Redux
Want to hear from the antagonists? In this episode we hear from Kaligax, the leader of the Shadar-kai. We hear from Aldond Talendar and his patron. And finally, we hear from Thera, the Deathstalker. Not a feel-good episode... Unless you like the sound of a dragon eating a guy...
S04E05 - Sembian Revival: West Battlerise, 4 Mirtul
This is an immediate continuation of the last episode, where Sonia and the voice seek out the source of a magical aura from a ruined manor house in Battlerise. There she finds some Sembian Helms guarding a spherical "beacon." She she tries to acquire the orb, she is attacked by the Helms and by the Shadar-kai. Jendal, Ciran, and Mitoa come to help Sonya and the orb gets broken, causing the magical effects of the beacon to end... and those plunging the newly formed earthmote of Jarliel (which we mistakenly call Jariel) to the ground- killing everyone in Jarliel. When Mitoa's Harper friend, Harald, is attacked by the Shadar-kai, he orders Mitoa and crew to go north into the Vast Swamp. Their goal- to find out more about the beacon and about Aldond's relationship to the Shadar-kai.
S04E04 - Sembian Revival: East Battlerise, 3 Mirtul
In this episode, we meet another of our new heroes, Jendal, as he comes into West Battlerise. He approaches the river just as the Sembians begin a dark ritual on the eastern shore of the Darkflow River. The ground swallows up the Cormyrean army. Jendal spends the next few days trying to dig out survivors. That is when Ciran, Sonya, and Mitoa stroll into town looking for the Harper contact, Harald. Sonya begins hearing the voice again, as it attempts to direct her to a powerful source of magic.
S04E03 - Sembian Revival: Daerlun, 1 Mirtul
S04E02 - Sembian Revival: Koril's Well, Greengrass
There is trouble the morning after the undead fight! Sonya has an encounter with the Shadar-kai hitman that are looking for her. The group makes for Daerlun through the Red Water Meadow. There, they realize they are being following. Seeing shelter, they seek out the only help in the area, a crazy old arch druid named Koril.
S04E01 - Sembian Revival: Jarliel, 30 Tarsakh
Welcome to Jarliel (which we mistakenly call Jariel), a port town on the Red Water Meadow in Sembia. On the eve of Greengrass, we meet Sonya, who awakes chained to the ceiling in a holding cell. We meet old friends, Ciran and Mitoa who discuss Mitoa's new Harper mission. At the Foremast, the three characters join together to battle a recent uprising of undead- another of the random wild magic events happening in the realm.
S03E50 - Inglorion Bastards: The Lay of Angruin
This podcast trilogy has been an amazing experience. I've learned so much and am so thankful for all of my guests and listeners that I wanted to go out in Tolkien fashion... So I wrote a lay. I hope you all enjoy it. Don't forget to check back in a few months when Season 4 kicks off with the Sembia Revival campaign. The road goes ever on...
S03E49 - Inglorion Bastards: The Last Episode at the Prancing Pony, Part 2
Shawn and Alan chat with Jared about the Second Prophecy of Mandos and the Dagor Dagorath. They read parts of the early manuscript containing the prophecy and discuss theories about why Christopher (and his father) abandoned this concept. The trio end by introducing the Jared's original poem, Lay of Angruin. Listen to the Lay in episode 150- the last of the Ingolorion Bastards trilogy.
S03E48 - Inglorion Bastards: The Last Episode at the Prancing Pony, Part 1
My double secret guests on this episode are none other than Alan Sisto and Shawn Marchese from the Prancing Pony Podcast. Join us as we learn more about the dynamic duo of the PPP. Come bear witness as we they partake in a "Lightning Round" set of fun question (like they do on their show).
S03E47 - Inglorion Bastards: The Dagor Dagorath
This episode contains the last of the role playing in this campaign. All of the former players came back to play their characters on the Plains of Valinor. It got a little silly and the DM had a little too much whiskey. In the end we learned some off the wall twists of the campaign (including some that will make Tolkien fans enraged).
S03E46 - Inglorion Bastards: Tolkien Pilgrimage- Warwick and Great Haywood
Join us as Dr. Andrew Higgins shows us around Warwick and Great Haywood, both of which were early sources of inspiration for the first iteration of the Lord of the Rings legendarium. Come see Warwick Castle, Shugborough Hall, Essex Bridge, and Rock Cottage. After the virtual tour we get a chance to chat a little more with Andy and what he is currently working on (and it is fascinating).
Visit Andy's blog for more information: http://wotanselvishmusings.blogspot.com
S03E45 - Inglorion Bastards: Tolkien Pilgrimage- Birmingham
Come on a virtual tour with Mary Moore from Birmingham Tours as we visit Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog, the new King Edward's School, Edgbaston Waterworks Tower, and Perrott's Folly.
Visit Birmingham Tours for more information: https://www.BirminghamTours.co.uk
S03E44 - Inglorion Bastards: The "Dwarfish" Riddle
Well, the group certainly isn't as quick as Bilbo at solving riddles, but join them in Gundabad as they try to solve an age old Dwarvish riddle... Or in this case, a "Dwarfish" riddle, in order to get the chain, Angainor.
S03E43 - Inglorion Bastards: Gundabad, From Gút to Bad
The players bungle their way through the first two traps back in Gundabad. Witness the sheer idiocy of this episode as they attempt to find the chain, Angainor.
S03E42 - Inglorion Bastards: Leveling to 20 in the House of Manwë
Back in Ilmarin, Celebrimbor and Fëanor present Feredir with the black, sister swords reforged into Angwedel, or "Iron of the Bound Star." Mor-lomin experiences the true power of the Flame of Arnor using his staff. Ezellendur is donning all three silmarils in the crown, Angrî. Okrin learns that the Mallet of Tombo, that they rescued from Angband, is essential in making the prophecy of Mandos come to fruition. And Burin learns that he is heading home to Gundabad to find the second binding chain, Angainor.
S03E41 - Inglorion Bastards: Lord of the Balrogs
The party exits the Great Gates of Angband only to find Gothmog, the Lord of Balrogs waiting for them outside. A grand battle ensues, whereby Gothmog finds it easiest to chuck the heroes one by one into lava. Even still, good prevails in the end, and the party heads back to Ilmarin.
S03E40 - Inglorion Bastards: John D. Rateliff, Doctor of Fantasy
In what will likely be the last interview with a Tolkien scholar on the podcast, we discuss John's path to Marquette University, where he studied the Tolkien manuscripts. The resulting book is called the History of the Hobbit. John has worked for TSR and Wizards of the Coast, working on Dungeons and Dragons. Listen and learn about his wealth of fantasy knowledge, and the connections he has made over the years.
S03E39 - Inglorion Bastards: Escaping Thangorodrim
As the group destroys the balrog looking creature in the altar room, they attempt to fight off the Virtues of Morgoth, and rescue Alatar, Ilfrin, and Imin. They discover the Mallet of Tombo and Angrî and Morgoth's Crown of Iron before coming face to face with Gothmog, the Lord of the Balrogs.
S03E38 - Inglorion Bastards: Strengths Become Your Weaknesses
The party discovers that Thangorodrim brings out the worst in a hero. They encounter some long lasting sentries in the once ruined fortress of Melkor. Burin proceeds through the "Anger" threshold and Feredir goes through the "Obedience" threshold. At the end of this episode, the group sees an altar and something that looks like a balrog.
S03E37 - Inglorion Bastards: The Virtues of the Dark Lord
The group enters Thangorodrim and immediately feels "miserable." Exploring the passageways of this accused ancient stronghold, they find remnants of evil and must choose who will enter the thresholds labeled for each virtue of Morgoth.
S03E36 - Inglorion Bastards: The Great Gates of Angband
The heroes learn that Littleheart, Imin, and Alatar the Blue have been kidnapped and taken to Thangorodrim. Varda informs the group that Angband, the home of Thangorodrim, is the most evil part of Arda, and that traveling there will likely change each character permanently. Once at the Great Gate, they are told by the sentry that inside the gate, "Your strengths become your weaknesses, your weaknesses become amplified, and each portal requires one of you to succumb to the virtues of the Dark Lord. They are: Greed, Gluttony, Anger, Vanity, and Obedience."
S03E35 - Inglorion Bastards: The Roots of Douglas A. Anderson
Join Douglas A. Anderson and I as we discuss how he originally got to know Humphrey Carpenter, Wayne Hammond, and Christopher Tolkien. Learn how his Annotated Hobbit came to be, and hear some truly interesting stories and anecdotes about independent scholarship and fantasy publishing going back 35 years. Doug and I also discuss our D&D characters' pending adventure into Angband...
Journal of Tolkien Research https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/
Some of Doug's Blogs http://tolkienandfantasy.blogspot.com http://wormwoodiana.blogspot.com http://desturmobed.blogspot.com http://ashiverinthearchives.blogspot.com
S03E34 - Inglorion Bastards: Thus Spake Mandos
The group licks their wounds after the fight against Ungoliant. They decide to head back to Ilmarin and take council. Ingwë has gone to Tirion and collected the Silmarils and used them to set Telperion ablaze. While there, the group rests. Varda and Yavanna make the Miruvórë. Then, a brave Tesoro removes the magical cloak that once saved his life but now has slowly been turning him into Laurelin. Lastly, Fëanor and Celebrimbor join the company in Ilmarin, having been newly released from the Halls of Mandos.
S03E33 - Inglorion Bastards: Ungoliant in Ezellohar, Part 2
This fight marks the hardest the group has ever had, across all parts of the trilogy. Ungoliant is a force that seems to only get stronger as they fight her. Ezellendur is unconscious at the bottom of a Well of Varda and when the water begins to pour forth from the damaged body of Ungoliant, he begins to drown. Tesoro is unconscious also. Burin is stuck in the well. Just when all hope seems lost, Mor-lómin wields the the Flame Imperishable and becomes the light in the dark against his fellow Avathari.
S03E32 - Inglorion Bastards: Ungoliant in Ezellohar, Part 1
The heroes make their way to Ezellohar, knowing that Ungoliant is enroute. The battle begins in the darkest part of the night, and it grows ever darker when the ancient Avathari and her minions show up. Quickly the group becomes poisoned and paralyzed from the sting of arguably the most frightening creature in the legendarium.
S03E31 - Inglorion Bastards: Intrōspiciō
In this episode, Jared looks back at the previous 130 episodes, talks about what he has learned, and what he would do differently. He talks about how important the Tolkien community has been for him over the last three years. He talks what's left to come in the podcast: Cuiviénen, Angband, and Gundabad. There are interviews with Doug Anderson and John Rateliff. There are virtual tours of some of Tolkien's most important English sites. And last but not least, there is the Last Battle. At the end of this episode, listen to a bit of a preview of Jared's Sembian Revival campaign.
S03E30 - Inglorion Bastards: The Turn of the Tide
A nice break to the combat... The group gets back to Ilmarin and finds an old friend. Okrin is back to help them in the final trials! The group discusses how to get the cloak off of Tesoro without killing him. They discuss the vision Mor-lomín had of the coming of Ungoliant. And they discuss the cordial of the Valar- Miruvórë.
S03E29 - Inglorion Bastards: Queen Berúthiel in Meneltarma, Part 2
Have you ever wished Treebeard would say the song title of track #6 from The Chronic? If so (or if not), this episode is for you. Join the players as they finish the fight with Queen Berúthiel, claim Dramborleg, and bring the white tree of Meneltarma back to Ilmarin.
S03E28 - Inglorion Bastards: Queen Berúthiel in Meneltarma, Part 1
If the heroes weren't "cat people" before entering into the inner sanctum of Meneltarma, they certainly aren't now. The cats of the queen grant bad luck to the characters, and the Queen comes out swinging with Dramborleg. Meanwhile, being so close to the white tree of Númenor speeds up Tesoro's tree-bound effect of his cloak.
S03E27 - Inglorion Bastards: In the Room with David Bratman
Few have given so freely of their time and contributed so much to the Tolkien community as David Bratman. Over the past 40 years, he has spent much of his time writing and organizing essays, bibliographies, reader guides about Tolkien and his body of work. Listen as we discuss elven magic, sub-creation, the three different styles of Tolkien's writing, Unfinished Tales, the status of Ungoliant, and whether or not Tolkien was a "cat person."
S03E26 - Inglorion Bastards: The Cats of the Queen
In this episode, the heroes enter the remains of Meneltarma. They are surprised to find several cats following them around the ruins. In the inner sanctum they find a grand white tree and Queen Berúthiel. She is wielding Dramborleg, the vicious heirloom of Númenor.
S03E25 - Inglorion Bastards: The Hallowed Eagle Eyrie
Back at Ilmarin, Irmo thanks the heroes and suggests that they do the Trial of Yavanna to get a sapling of Telperion. The players discuss the history of the Númenóreans, the fate of Númenor, the Great Eagles, the artifact called Dramborleg, and the infamous Queen Berúthiel. The players take a short rest and head to Meneltarma.
S03E24 - Inglorion Bastards: Mbar-Ndor
"Home Land" is the passphrase to summon the portal from Ilmarin. And finally, the party is able to whisper those words and leave the Path of Dreams, having collected the vemon of the Great Glow Worms.
S03E23 - Inglorion Bastards: "Don't Leave The Path"
As the group tries to free Mor-lómin from the jaws of a Great Glow Worm, Feredir and Burin are also swallowed. Tesoro and Ezellendur are standing alone battling the guardians of the Path of Dreams.
S03E22 - Inglorion Bastards: The Steward of Myth, Dr. Vicki Ronn
Dr. Vicki Ronn joins us on this episode to talk about the Mythopoeic Society, their conference, and their awards. She and Jared discuss Tolkien's "old cat lady." Jared asks about the (supposed) newly established Inklings at Oxford. Dr. Ronn mentions what is next on her reading list, the book referred to as the "Chinese LOTR," called Legends of the Condor Heroes. Check out mythsoc.org for more information about the Mythopoeic Society.
S03E21 - Inglorion Bastards: The Olórë Mallë
There be Glow Worms in this episode... They aren't happy to see the party. Tesoro finds a creative way to collect the venom. The group decides which Trial to do next, and Jared mispronounces Meneltarma.
S03E20 - Inglorion Bastards: Cerin Amroth & The Great Glow Worms
The group returns the bodies of Eärendil and Arien to the palace of Ilmarin. Ezellendur becomes the Avatar of Eönwë. The group begins the Trial of Irmo and travels to Cerin Amroth. There they encounter Arwen, circa in FA 211. Though there are no more Golden Mallorn trees in Lothlórien, Arwen tells the group that Tesoro's cloak is the key to reviving a Golden Mallorn. She sends them to collect the vemon of the Great Glow Worms on the Olórë Mallë.
S03E19 - Inglorion Bastards: The Death Throes of Ancalagon
The party manages to collect Arien and the last Silmaril before defeating Ancalagon and heading back through the portal to Ilmarin. Find out why Ancalagon destroyed the three peaks of Thangorodrim the first time he died.
S03E18 - Inglorion Bastards: My Most Beloved Stars
The Coronavirus is bad. Thousands of people are sick and dying. Many people are isolated. Governments and economies are suffering. People have had to put their lives on hold, so to speak. And though the Longwinded One is suffering the same fate as millions of others, including a delayed Tolkien pilgrimage to England, there is some good to be found in these strange times. The first good thing is the ability to spend more time with family. And if Jimmy Fallon can do the Tonight show from home, with his children present, so too can the Longwinded One. Enjoy.. this one is fun.
S03E17 - Inglorion Bastards: The Silmaril of Eärendil
The last of the episodes with audio difficulties, in this episode the players meet their match. Ancalagon begins the beat down, and the group finds the body of Eärendil and his silmaril.
S03E16 - Inglorion Bastards: Ancalagon's Revenge
Having been awakened by Gwarthaur, Ancalagon the Black has knocked Eärendil out of the sky. With him fell his Silmaril and the carriers of the sun and moon, Arien and Tilion. While traveling through Oiomúrë, they find Tilion and the great maiar Eönwë. Then the group arrives at the Helcaraxë, where they find the body of Eärendil and his nemesis.
S03E15 - Inglorion Bastards: The Lay of Narsilion
After the Trial of Ulmo, the group is back on Taniquetil reviewing the Octagram of Ilmarin. The DM tries to bring Charlie up to speed on how to run Burin, and after a short rest, the crew braces for an adventure into the frigid Helcaraxë in the Trial of Vana. Having been reinvigorated, Ulmo begins singing the lay of Narsilion. The group learns of Arien, Tilion, and Eönwë.
S03E14 - Inglorion Bastards: A Conversation with Dr. Dimitra Fimi
A treasure trove of fun and interesting stories, listen as Dr. Fimi discusses her written work, her most influential mentors, her favorite interviews, discovering treasures in the Bodleian Library, why The Hobbit is so much fun to read aloud, and the lay called Narsilion.
Tolkien Experience Podcast: https://luke-shelton.com/2020/01/03/tep-1-dimitra-fimi/
S03E13 - Inglorion Bastards: The Silmaril of Maglor
Charlie, Burin's new player, joins in this episode. And though we had some technical difficulties (you can't hear the player microphones), the storyline is intact. The group defeats the kraken and takes both the Dragon Helm of Dorlomin and Silmaril of Maglor back to Ilmarin.
S03E12 - Inglorion Bastards: Fan Interview: Liam and Bea
Join us as we talk to two fans of the podcast. Liam is from the USA and Bea is from Norway. Together we talk about the campaign, Tolkien, and D&D in general. At around 29 minutes you begin to understand why the podcast is called the "Longwinded One."
Other Podcasts Mentioned: Adventure Zone Realms of Ukodor Tolkien Professor Tolkien Experience Podcast
S03E11 - Inglorion Bastards: Release the Kraken
Join the characters as Maglor leads them into the underwater structure that houses his former Silmaril. Unfortunately, the Silmaril has an angry roommate.
S03E10 - Inglorion Bastards: Maglor's Gap
Heading down to the sea from Ered Luin, the party encounters Maglor standing in the waves. Beside him is another Maglor... The group must decide who is the real son of Feanor, defeat the summoned giant minions, then convince the real elf prince to show them into Maglor's Gap (which was part of Beleriand and is now underwater). He eludes to a great sea creature who has taken his former jewel into its underwater lair.
S03E09 - Inglorion Bastards: "The Seventh in Line and Seventh in Number"
The crew pops out in Mount Dolmed, inside the once great slopes of Nogrod. Here, the spot of awakening for the father of the Firebeards, Burin discovers his true parentage, son of Dain, King Under the Mountain. That puts him in a somewhat unique position in the line of Durin. Afterward, the fellowship sets out west to the coast to find the second son of Fëanor.
S03E08 - Inglorion Bastards: Chatting with the High King
On top of Taniquetil there sits the "mansion of the high airs," referred to as Ilmarin. The players find eight Valar inside looking weary and unmoving. There the High King of the Vanyar, Ingwë, teaches the characters how to travel to and from Ilmarin in a portal. The first stop is Ered Luin, the Blue Mountains.
S03E07 - Inglorion Bastards: Ted Nasmith: A Powerful Affinity for Tolkien
An incredible artist, scholar, musician, and conversationalist, Ted Nasmith delights in this episode as he talks about the evolution of his art and projects. Get to know the man who has turned beloved words into beloved art.
Podcast References: All Artwork can be found on tednasmith.com Ballantine LOTR Covers Hildebrandt Calendars Oxonmoot Paul C Godfried Opera Artistic Influence: Mayfield Parrish NC Wyeth Arthur Rackham
S03E06 - Inglorion Bastards: The Octagram of Ilmarin
The heroes are pushed back to the walls of Tirion before they head up to the domed mansion at the peak of Taniquetil. There, the king of the Vanyar elves, Ingwë, explains why the Valar are "weary" and the tasks they must complete to prepare for the coming of Morgoth. These trials are presenting on something called the Octagram of Ilmarin.
S03E05 - Inglorion Bastards: Caves of the Forgotten, Part 2
In this second part of the battle against the Númenórean soldiers, many on both sides get knocked down, including Ar-Pharazôn.
S03E04 - Inglorion Bastards: Caves of the Forgotten, Part 1
The characters attempt to defend the city of Tirion from the undead Númenórean soldiers, left over from the Great Armament. They continue to spill out of the Caves of the Forgotten. Leading the army, is the once great king, Ar-Pharazôn. One of the members of the fellowship dies...
S03E03 - Inglorion Bastards: Welcome to Tirion
Begin again the adventure at the end of days. This episode takes place immediate after the party defeated Gwarthaur and the raised and possessed Túrin Turambar and Glaurung. Jared reminds the players the state of things, and the group decides what to do with the Silmaril of Maedhros, the Master Palantir, and the tainted rapier (that they trapped Gwarthaur in).
S03E02 - Inglorion Bastards: Dr. Verlyn Flieger, Part 2
In this second part of the interview with Dr. Flieger, we discuss many of her essays. We use "The Body in Question: the Unhealed Wounds of Frodo Baggins" as a vehicle for discussing Raiken. We talk about Numenor in "Drowned Lands" and whether it is possible for sailors to find Meneltarma after the breaking of the world. And we use "The Curious Incident of the Dream at the Barrow: Memory and Reincarnation in Middle Earth" as a means to talk about the Olórë Mallë (Path of Dreams). We end the conversation with a discussion of the Dagor Dagorath.
Other Referenced Works: J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography (by Humphrey Carpenter) Völuspá A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays In Honor of Verlyn Flieger
S03E01 - Inglorion Bastards: Dr. Verlyn Flieger, Part 1
Kick off the last chapter of the trilogy with Dr. Flieger. Listen as we discuss Tolkien's larger body of work, such as: The Lost Road, The Notion Club Papers, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories, and Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics. Learn about the concept of "eucatastrophe" and how that relates to the Lord of the Rings.
Books by Dr. Flieger: Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World A Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien's Road to Faerie Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology
Collections of Essays by Dr. Flieger: Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth Green Suns and Faerie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien There Would Always be a Fairy-tale: More Essays on Tolkien
Other Referenced Works by J.R.R. Tolkien: The Kelevala Kullervo
S02E50 - Inglorion Bastards: Mormegil: Full Cast Reunion
This one is part interview and part acknowledgement. Listen as players and DM talk about what this campaign has meant to them. There are only a few spoilers for Trials of the Valar...
S02E49 - Inglorion Bastards: Forty Years of David Day
Join me as I chat with Canadian author, David Day. We talk about his four decades of writing books for Tolkien fans, his love of poetry, his days as a lumberjack, his interactions with members of Monty Python, his friendships with Alan Lee and John Howe, and his misunderstanding with the Tolkien Society.
S02E48 - Inglorion Bastards: Ne'er Rest, Oh King's Men
In this, the last session of Rise of the Mormegil, the heroes bind the shadow maiar, Gwarthaur. They enter Tirion just before the Caves of the Forgotten open upon Túna and the fallen sons of Númenor come forth. There is no rest for the wicked or the good, it seems...
S02E47 - Inglorion Bastards: Agarwaen, Hill of Úmarth, Part 2
During this 2nd part of the fight, both Burin and Raiken are able to attack again. Glaurung and Túrin fall in battle, and Okrin begins the ritual to bind Gwarthaur.
S02E46 - Inglorion Bastards: Agarwaen, Hill of Úmarth, Part 1
In this episode we pick up where our in-person sessions left off. The group continues fighting Finduilas, Turin, Glaurung, and Gwarthaur. Turin escapes the Force Cage, Glaurung gets a vital part of his anatomy cut off, Burin is charmed, and Okrin turns into an ape. Fun is had.
S02E45 - Inglorion Bastards: Finishing with Feredir
For our last interview of Part Two, Marco comes back to chat with us about the changes Feredir has gone through. He laments the loss of Anguirel, and discusses this continuation of the Túrin Turambar story. He hints at an explosive ending to Rise of the Mormegil.
S02E44 - Inglorion Bastards: The Pass of Light, Part 3 (in-person session)
The last of the in-person session. Apologies for the poor sound quality. The heroes will start the next session against the remaining enemies: Finduilas, Glaurung, and Túrin Turambar (he and Gwarthaur are still stuck in the magic box).
S02E43 - Inglorion Bastards: The Pass of Light, Part 2 (in-person session)
While still fighting the undead associates of Túrin Turambar (aka The Man in Black, aka The Shadow, aka Gwarthaur). Túrin shows up riding his nemesis in life, Glaurung the Deceiver. While engaged in mortal combat, Feredir and Túrin clash the sister swords of Angirel and Anglachel (Gurthang) together. This causes a grand explosion that breaks both blades.
S02E42 - Inglorion Bastards: The Pass of Light, Part 1 (in-person session)
The group arrives at the Calacirya (The Pass of Light). From there they march up the Hill of Túna toward the great Noldor city of Tirion. Before they arrive, they encounter some long passed associates of Túrin: Finduilas of Nargothrond, Beleg Cúthalion of Doriath, and Mîm the Petty-dwarf. They don't look happy about being brought back to life, for ill-purpose.
S02E41 - Inglorion Bastards: Wayfinding with Mark Fonstad
In this episode, we talk to a professor of Geography at the University of Oregon, Mark Fonstad. He happens to be the son of Karen Wynn Fonstad, the cartographer responsible for the Atlas of Middle Earth. We discuss Karen's path into map making and how the idea for the Atlas came about. Mark gives background behind one of the most useful Middle Earth resources in existence.
Robert Fosters- Complete Guide to Middle Earth Anne McCaffrey- Dragonriders of Pern Stephen Donaldson- The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Ursula K. Le Guin- Earthsea Frank Herbert- Dune
TSR's- Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms
J.R.R. Tolkien Collection, Marquette University https://www.marquette.edu/library/archives/tolkien.php
S02E40 - Inglorion Bastards: The Silmaril of Maedhros
Inside the Workshop of Aulë the group discovers Túrin Turambar, having been possessed by Gwarthaur, just finishing a ritual from the Golden Book. In his hands are the reforged sword, Gurthang, and the newly found silmaril of Maedhros.
S02E39 - Inglorion Bastards: The Workshop of Aulë
The group arrives on the western shores of Eldamar, near the base of the Pelori Mountains. There they see the entrance to the Workshop of Aulë. Before entering the sky turns to black, and the dead creatures on the beach come to life.
S02E38 - Inglorion Bastards: Ossë's Friend, Uin
The sea battle concludes as the heroes try to decide what to do with the regent and his men. They also find out who Ossë has been waiting to see- the huge whale, Uin.
S02E37 - Inglorion Bastards: Sea Battle in Southern Eldamar
There were some technical difficulties when recording. Therefore, this episode picks up after the 1st half of a sea battle between the Fellowship of Light and the ambushing Teleri from Avallónë- those loyal to the Regent, Escalwathon. In this episode, you learn the true name of the shadow maiar causing all the trouble- Gwarthaur, and you get to see the Mor-lómin's true form.
S02E36 - Inglorion Bastards: Raiken & Tentacle Monsters
In this interview with Josh, we learn about Raiken's character development through part two of the trilogy. We discuss the difficulty as players and game masters in creating memorable and creative moments. And for the first time in 86 episodes, the interviewer becomes the interviewee.
S02E35 - Inglorion Bastards: Burin Part Deux: It's All About the Dex
Join Spriggz and the game master as they discuss Rise of the Mormegil. Get inside the mind of the original barbarian from the Bastards. Learn about what motivated Burin throughout the campaign, and why this may be the last solo Spriggz interview.
S02E34 - Inglorion Bastards: Nost-na-Lothion: Riddles & Drinking
Mor-lomin wins riddle competition and is forever called Loremaster in Alqualondë. Tesoro reclaims his title at the drinking competition. Later, the group asks Olwë many questions. They ask him about how to curse Túrin from the possession of the shadow maiar, who he calls Gwarthaur. He also tells them that the silmaril of Maedhros has been found in a nearby "Workshop of Aulë.
S02E33 - Inglorion Bastards: Nost-na-Lothion: Melee
A few of the Fellowship of Light enter the Birth of Flowers melee competition in Alqualondë. Only Feredir comes away standing. This time, the champion takes away the wine of the Eldar. Where Limpë had granted Eriol unnaturally long life, it grants Feredir relief of his lycanthropy.
S02E32 - Inglorion Bastards: Nost-na-Lothion: Archery and Performance
To kick off the Birth of Flowers celebration, the elves hold an Archery and Performance contest, which Tesoro and Okrin both delight in. They also announce that Limpë will be the prize for the melee competition.
S02E31 - Inglorion Bastards: Alqualondë: Among the Teleri
Fresh off their adventure at the Stone of the Hapless, the group sails for Alqualondë. There they meet the King of the Teleri, Olwë. The king welcomes the group to Alqualondë for the Birth of Flowers celebration, called Nost-na-Lothion by the Eldar.
S02E30 - Inglorion Bastards: Interview with Michael Drout, Part 2
In this, the second part of Dr. Drout's interview, we discuss how Tolkien reversed the epistemic regime by telling the story from the point of view of the least knowledgeable character. We discuss the inevitable chapter 2, Treatise of Tedium, that most of the time plague fantasy and science fiction writers (but not Tolkien). And finally, we play a game with Professor Drout. We discuss whether aspects of our D&D game would work within the lore of Middle Earth.
S02E29 - Inglorion Bastards: Interview with Michael Drout, Part 1
In this episode we talk to Professor Michael Drout from Wheaton College. We learn why so many scholars think it is important to talk about how to read Tolkien. We discuss how Tolkien created an "impression of depth" through his vast size and intricate detail in his writings. And we learn about Dr. Drout's first time meeting Tom Shippey.
The Tolkien Society https://www.tolkiensociety.org
Modern Scholars https://audiobookstore.com/audiobook-series/the-modern-scholar-series/
Authors and Academics: Tom Shippey (The Road to Middle Earth) Roman Jakobson Gabriel García Márquez Angela Carter Ursula Le Guin (Earthsea) Michael Swanwick Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) Frank Herbert (Dune) Douglas Caine (Constructing Arda) Snorri Sturluson Jacob Grimm Douglas Anderson (Annotated Hobbit) Verlyn Flieger, Patrick Connor, David Bratman (The Tolkien Society) Dimitra Fimi
Mallorn (Tolkien Society) https://www.tolkiensociety.org/society/publications/mallorn/
International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Conference: http://isasweb.net
S02E28 - Inglorion Bastards: Túrin Turambar, The Man in Black
Discover the crypt where Túrin Turambar and Morwen Eledhwen are buried. Discover Sador's dagger, Hathadol. Meet Túrin's former caretaker, Nellas. Back at the Tower of Pearl, they discover that Huor is now in the Halls of Mandos. The group now realizes that the Man in Black is the possessed hero, Túrin Turambar. Idril recommends seeking out Olwë in Alqualondë for council.
S02E27 - Inglorion Bastards: Exploring Talbor, The Stone of the Hapless, Part 2
Discover the creatures awakened by the shadow maiar in the catacombs of Tol Morwen. The group continues onward toward the crypts of Túrin Turambar and Morwen Eledhwen.
S02E26 - Inglorion Bastards: Exploring Talbor, The Stone of the Hapless, Part 1
Appearing in the catacombs of Tol Morwen, burial place of both Túrin and his mother, the group is split up. Experience the traps first-hand as the group attempts to navigate this shrine belonging to the woodmen of Brethil.
S02E25 - Inglorion Bastards: The Sleeper in the Tower of Pearl
Tuor and Idril allow the group access to the mystical fountain in the Tower of Pearl. According to Ossë, this fountain is one of the only things near Eressëa that can transport the group to the Stone of the Hapless, burial place of Túrin Turambar. Anguirel, Feredir's sword, has been seeking this place since the Battle of the Grey Havens.
S02E24 - Inglorion Bastards: The Digital Philologist, James Tauber
The Digital Philologist, James Tauber, explains to us the history of philology, how it has evolved, and the benefits of using technology to study the classics (including Tolkien). Come listen to this Renaissance man as he talks to us about why the love of wisdom and the love of words are so important.
S02E23 - Inglorion Bastards: Battle at the Tower of Pearl
Having just barely made it to the walls of the Tower of Pearl, the group finds it seemingly devoid of assistance. What ensues is a gruesome battle of allies. The "super-hero" werewolf is finally put to rest before Idril and Tuor come out to greet the group.
S02E22 - Inglorion Bastards: Wolf in the Enchanted Isles
For an episode where little is achieved, this is quite a fun session. The group spends a comical hour trying to figure out how to escape the newly transformed Feredir. The great wolf, Taurmyrnoth, has his last little bit of revenge as Feredir chases his friends on toward the Tower of Pearl.
S02E21 - Inglorion Bastards: The Shadowy Seas, Part 2
The fellowship finishes the battle against the sea creature. They end up on the Enchanted Isles just as the sun sets to reveal a full moon. Growling noises begin to come from Feredir.
S02E20 - Inglorion Bastards: The Shadowy Seas, Part 1
You learn that Ossë is quite eccentric. He has been dropping fish into the water in Tavrobel while "waiting for a friend." From Tavrobel, the group heads into the Shadowy Seas. They quickly discover the dangers of traveling after the Man in Black, even by sea.
S02E19 - Inglorion Bastards: Fiona Jallings Teaches Sindarin
The brilliant creator of Realelvish.net talks with us about her site, her book, her classes, and the Sindarin language. We also talk about the Parma Eldalamberon journal, the Vinyar Tengwar journal, and the cultural rules elves use for naming things and people. Lastly, she breaks down some of elvish words we used in the campaign.
Sites Mentioned: https://realelvish.net http://www.eldalamberon.com http://www.elvish.org/ https://folk.uib.no/hnohf/ https://www.fanfiction.net
Sindarin Words Discussed: Talcrist = Foot Cleaver (instead of Hathadol) Gwarthauron = Dirty Abominable One (instead of Gwarthaur) Chiras Dellais Thrui = Finding of Wicked Secrets (instead of Rhû Limbdoll, Battle of) Celebwing Thrui = Wicked Silver Waves (instead of Drû Celebross, Battle of) Gwaith Calad = Fellowship of Light (instead of Nos Glanadur) Morveloth = Mighty Night (instead of Taurmyrnoth)
S02E18 - Inglorion Bastards: Írimë Comes to Tavrobel
Gilfanon tells the group about the next part of the Prophecy of Mandos. He explains that if the group wishes to go to Talbor, the only way to do so is via the Tower of Pearl. The party meets up with their old friend Írimë in Tavrobel, and there they acquire a ship from their new sea captain, the maiar Ossë.
S02E17 - Inglorion Bastards: House of the Hundred Chimneys, Part 2
The group finds the source of the Evil Breath- the "voyager" Eriol himself. He has clearly been corrupted by the Man in Black, and has recently plagued the lower levels of the House of the Hundred Chimneys.
S02E16 - Inglorion Bastards: House of the Hundred Chimneys, Part 1
The group encounters more Evil Breath and some Shadow Hounds in the lower levels of the House of the Hundred Chimneys. Burin falls into a pit during the first moments of their battle with the source of the Evil Breath.
S02E15 - Inglorion Bastards: The Evil Breath & Gilfanon
The party comes to the House of the Hundred Chimneys and discovers the Evil Breath has come to Eressëa. Gilfanon asks them for their help eliminating the source of the Evil Breath in the lower levels in exchange for information.
S02E14 - Inglorion Bastards: Talking Quenya with Paul Strack
Join us for this language focused discussion with community expert, Paul Strack. We talk to him about the evolution of Tolkien's languages, the nature of Quenya, and we dissect some of the Quenya words from the campaign.
Quenya Words Discussed: Minyasercë = First Blood (instead of Ennayór) Corondur = Servant of the Mound (instead of Ezellendur) Morlumbë or Morhala = Dark Shadow (instead of Mor-lómin)
Tolkien Language Conference: http://www.omentielva.com
Where to find Paul: https://eldamo.org https://realelvish.net
S02E13 - Inglorion Bastards: Kortirion Among the Trees
Seeking Meril-i-Turinqi - the Lady of the Isle - the party arrives at Kortirion and discovers the Man in Black has already been there (and left his mark). After a grand battle, Meril tells the group that the Parma Kuluina (the Golden Book) has been stolen. They learn that the Man in Black was trying to forge a weapon there, and they learn the first part of the Second Prophecy of Mandos.
S02E12 - Inglorion Bastards: Seeking the Lady of the Isle
The group fights for their lives against an awakening evil in the forests outside of Kortirion. Okrin hopes to reach the "ancient city on a leaguered hill" before the Man in Black can defile its towers, its libraries, or its caretaker - Meril-i-Turinqi - the Lady of the Isle.
S02E11 - Inglorion Bastards: The Cottage of Lost Play
In this episode the characters chat with Littleheart, the Gong Warden, and the couple - Lindo and Vairë. There they learn about the Man in Black and that the library of Kortirion will have information about Talbor (the word Feredir's sword keeps whispering). Enroute to Kortirion, they encounter a problem...
S02E10 - Inglorion Bastards: Okrin Laid Bare
The last of the new character chats. The DM also talks about the nature of the podcast, possible fan interviews, and reads a passage about Feredir when he was a child. End this episode with the characters' first impression of the Cottage of Lost Play.
S02E09 - Inglorion Bastards: The Deep and Dark of Mor-lómin
Trying to keep these double entendres titles going for the player interviews is difficult, but well worth it. In this interview, we learn about Jon the player behind Mor-lómin. We learn that there is something truly horrifying hidden behind his dark elven-looking exterior. And we learn that this podcast is probably better named, "The Second Prophecy of Mandos" or "The Dagor Dagorath."
S02E08 - Inglorion Bastards: Ezellendur, Servant of the Mounds
It wouldn't be a Middle Earth story without an elf in the fellowship. With Angolan having been dubbed the curator of artifacts at Elostirion, the party needed to fill their elven quota. Ezellendur was their man. Learn how he joined the party, why he has a bone to pick with the shadow, and who the player is behind the elf.
S02E07 - Inglorion Bastards: The Blight of Alalminórë, Through the Land of Elms
Making their way from Avallónë, the group sees the effect the shadow has had on the land. They encounter evil and undeath along their route to The Cottage of Lost Play.
S02E06 - Inglorion Bastards: Escape the Tower of Avallónë, Part 2
The characters finally escape the tower and spend the last 15 minutes of the episode discussing the Man in Black (the shadow) and their role having released this evil upon the world.
S02E05 - Inglorion Bastards: Escape the Tower of Avallónë, Part 1
Raiken, Burin, Tesoro, and the newcomer- Ezellendur- are promptly arrested when they arrive in Avallónë. At the heart of the city is the Tower of Avallónë, where the recently stolen Master Palantír used to reside. It is also the home of the city prison, where the characters meet Okrin and someone who looks like Raiken. The party reunites and is broken out of prison by a mysterious man that calls himself Mor-lómin.
S02E04 - Inglorion Bastards: Meet the Characters... Again
Rejoin the players for their first session together in part 2 of this trilogy. Learn how the campaign has changed, and meet the new characters.
S02E03 - Inglorion Bastards: The Tolkien Professor Interview, Part 3
In the final installment of Dr. Olsen's interview, we discuss the nature of the Ainur, the sentimentality of the dwarves, Stephen Colbert, and Corey's recent delve into rap music.
S02E02 - Inglorion Bastards: The Tolkien Professor Interview, Part 2
In the second part of the interview, we discuss the man and the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Professor Olsen then weighs in about elements of Taradon's Wager.
S02E01 - Inglorion Bastards: The Tolkien Professor Interview, Part 1
Join us as we chat with Dr. Corey Olsen about his first experiences playing Dungeons & Dragons, about his double major in English and Astrophysics, and about the genesis of The Tolkien Professor.
S01E50 - Inglorion Bastards: Eressëa: Full Cast Reunion
Welcome to the last episode of Part 1. Nearly two years later the full cast reassembles to discuss the campaign to date. Hints about Part 2 and Part 3 slip out in this episode.
S01E49 - Inglorion Bastards: Across the Straight Road
After the the Umbarians have fled and the portal to the Lonely Isle has closed there is still much to do at the Grey Havens. Gildor Inglorion and Círdan the Shipwright explain that Raiken has passed unto the west, and that there were some corsairs that passed with him having the presence of the shadow maiar with them. They fear for the Master Palantir, in Avallónë, and for what they believe to be the beginning of the Dagor Dagorath (The Final Battle).
S01E48 - Inglorion Bastards: Battle of Drû Celebross, Part 2
In the final battle of part one, Burin's greatest fear is unleashed, and Raiken makes a huge sacrifice to save Arda.
S01E47 - Inglorion Bastards: Battle of Drû Celebross, Part 1
The Battle at the Wild Waves was fought at the Grey Havens in 2954 when the Umbarian corsairs besiege Cîrdan and his kin. The Nos Glanadur arrive, mid-battle, just as the Shadow appears to threaten everything both east and west of the Belegaer.
S01E46 - Inglorion Bastards: The White Tower of Elostirion
The heroes travel from the Old Forest, over the Brandywine Bridge into the Shire, and on to Tower Hills. There they pick up the Horn of Thorondor to aid them in their upcoming battle at the Grey Havens.
S01E45 - Inglorion Bastards: From Apprentice to Foe, Part 2
Bear comes back from the Undying Lands, as Grimald (now Grimmyrnoth the werewolf) bites almost everyone in the party. Join the end of the battle as the heroes decide where to go next.
S01E44 - Inglorion Bastards: From Apprentice to Foe, Part 1
Having left the Prancing Pony, the group travels quickly to Lindon via the Great East Road. North of Old Forest the group realizes quickly that the now deceased werewolf, Taurmyrnoth, has gotten the last laugh, having infected Burin's apprentice.
S01E43 - Inglorion Bastards: Tesoro Does LOTR / Back in Breeland
Join us for the last player interview of part one. Listen to Max talk about his hobbit character Tesoro. At the end of the interview, the players wind up back where they started, at Bree. Barliman Butterbur has some bad news for the Fellowship of Light.
S01E42 - Inglorion Bastards: The Watcher at Tharbad
After the ritual the fellowship trails the shadow through Tharbad. At the Greyflood, they encounter Estel, the Dúnedain, and a creature akin to the Watcher at the Westgate of Moria.
S01E41 - Inglorion Bastards: The Ritual
With Raiken dying on the plains of Rohan, the group decides to do Taradon's ritual. The good news is that Raiken is healed. The bad news is that the group released a shadow maiar from the void.
S01E40 - Inglorion Bastards: Handling the Uruk-hai
In our most inappropriate episode to date, the characters finish off the last of the enemies at the Fords of Isen. Meanwhile, the players lose their minds after a called shot to a very sensitive region.
S01E39 - Inglorion Bastards: The Morgul Blade
When the party decided to put off doing Taradon's ritual, Saruman found a way to force their hand. Our heroes are sandwiched at the Fords of Isen between more Umbarians, trying to recover their lost equipment, and the prototype Uruk-hai. One of them has a Morgul blade... Enough said.
S01E38 - Inglorion Bastards: Interview with LOTRO
Join us as we discuss all things Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) with Jerry Snook and Chris Pierson, the Community Manager and Lead World Builder (respectively) from Standing Stone Games.
S01E37 - Inglorion Bastards: To Ritual or Not to Ritual
Now that they have the items assembled and the riddle of Taradon's Wager figured out, will the party perform the ritual? Saruman seems to think they should. To help them in their decision, Saruman sends out some prototype Uruk-hai with a Morgul Blade to chase them through the plains of Rohan.
S01E36 - Inglorion Bastards: Saruman’s Basement, Part 3
The heroes crack the mysteries of Taradon, find the last of the items, and solve the mysteries of the "Wager." The question is, what will they do with that information?
S01E35 - Inglorion Bastards: Saruman’s Basement, Part 2
The party is still finding their way through the catacombs of Orthanc. In this session they are on the verge of finding Taradon's shield, the embodiment of his "Wagers" diamond.
S01E34 - Inglorion Bastards: Saruman's Basement, Part 1
The group is in Isengard. Saruman informs the party that Taradon built Orthanc back in the Second Age. He then grants permission to search through Orthanc's catacombs to find the shield of Taradon and the last item of Taradon's Wager.
S01E33 - Inglorion Bastards: Interview with Cubicle 7's Jacob Rodgers
Jacob Rodgers is a writer and developer for The One Ring and Adventures in Middle-earth. Join us as we ask him about his own personal experience with role playing and Tolkien and as he hints as some of the upcoming product releases from Cubicle 7.
S01E32 - Inglorion Bastards: A Reprieve in Isengard
The fellowship manages to defeat Taurmyrnoth with no visible lasting damage, and they limp their way into Isengard. There they seek the counsel of Saruman the White as Mt. Doom comes alive.
S01E31 - Inglorion Bastards: Taurmyrnoth, Part 2
This is the second part of this epic fight. The group attempts to take out the wargs before focusing their attention on Taurmyrnoth.
S01E30 - Inglorion Bastards: Taurmyrnoth, Part 1
Waking up in Lorien was a pleasant way to start the player characters' day. Walking along Fangorn Forest and being discovered by the werewolf Taurmyrnoth was a great way to ruin their day.
S01E29 - Inglorion Bastards: Help from Lothlórien
In this episode, the party staggers into Lothlórien seeking the help of the "Lady of Light." There they discovered that Taradon had studied the works of Celebrimbor in years past, and that he had left his "key" behind.
S01E28 - Inglorion Bastards: Inside Feredir
Continuing the innuendo style player interview titles... Join us for this episode as we talk to Marco about his Dúnedain Wanderer.
S01E27 - Inglorion Bastards: Reunion with Balin
The heroes finish up the fight at the Mirrormere with a little help from Ori and Balin. Burin gets to reconnect with his father, they learn a bit about galvorn, and the group plans to walk through Lothlórien.
S01E26 - Inglorion Bastards: Durin's March
The party heads from Mountain Hall to the Mirrormere, hearing that Balin had been seen heading that way. There they encounter a few Longbeards, Lóni and Nalí, who are also looking for Balin. An unpleasant surprise are the patrolling orcs, from Moria.
S01E25 - Inglorion Bastards: Yuletide Wrap-up
The party finishes the Yule celebration at Mountain Hall with the arm wrestling and dancing competitions. After, players discuss the next best possible course of action.
S01E24 - Inglorion Bastards: Yuletide Drinking
This was one of the most fun sessions to record and edit. The Mountain Hall Yuletide Drinking Contest. Don't count out the hobbit!
S01E23 - Inglorion Bastards: Yuletide Melee
Our heroes are still at Mountain Hall celebrating Yule with the Woodmen. In this session, Burin cleans up at the Melee competition and is named Lord of the Vales.
S01E22 - Inglorion Bastards: Welcome to Mountain Hall
Hartfast the Woodmen of Mountain Hall welcomes back Raiken and his brother for the Yule celebration. Raiken and his company compete in the archery and axe throwing competitions.
S01E21 - Inglorion Bastards: Raiken Uncovered
In this episode, we get to interview the man behind the character of Raiken. Josh talks to us about his inspiration for Raiken and how Tolkien influenced his life.
S01E20 - Inglorion Bastards: Morulunn
For Raiken and Angolan, this is the culmination of a lifetime of fear and intrigue about creatures of shadow, specifically one referred to as Morulunn. Raiken's brother is at a breaking point with his hysterical obedience to his dead father. And when the creature from Avathar decides to show up, all hell breaks loose.
S01E19 - Inglorion Bastards: The Old Well
Raiken's brother leads the party to where his "father" is being held prisoner. What they discover inside of the Old Well of Mirkwood is more disturbing than anything they have discovered so far on their quest. And it is about to get worse...
S01E18 - Inglorion Bastards: The Great Spiders of Mirkwood
After Raiken's brother surprises the group in Mirkwood, he aids them in battling some eight legged monsters. After dispatching these beasts, Evoric claims he can lead his brother and the group to where their father lives. He mentions an old evil that has trapped him, and that reminds a few party members of a long remembered horror from their past.
S01E17 - Inglorion Bastards: Old Forest Road
The group begins their trek through Mirkwood on the Old Forest Road. There they encounter the last person in the world Raiken would expect to see.
S01E16 - Inglorion Bastards: The Long Marshes
Having rested at Erebor, the heroes set out through the Long Marshes. There they trudge southward toward their entry point in Mirkwood. Before they can enter the forest, however, bats from Dol Guldur intercept them.
S01E15 - Inglorion Bastards: A Night With Angolan
This is another debrief session with the person who plays Angolan the elf. Christian joins the DM to discuss the quirky elf and previews the exciting things that await the players in Mirkwood.
S01E14 - Inglorion Bastards: Erebor & Alatar
The battle-weary heroes stumble into Erebor. There they meet a Blue Wizard. He has some bad news... They are being hunted by the great wolf- Taurmyrnoth. The group decides that they must take the retrieved Elendil Stone to the elves in Rivendell, or perhaps home to Lindon. But first they must make their way through Mirkwood, careful of the ancient evil that lays in parts of that forest.
S01E13 - Inglorion Bastards: The Great Cold Drake of the North
In the middle of the battle with the Umbarian corsairs, a giant dragon swoops low and lands at the watchtower on Zirakinbar. The pirates had been banking on the dragon, named Raenar, to take them across the land to Mordor where they would deliver the Elendil stone unto the enemy. Raenar, as it turns out, has his own opinions on the matter.
S01E12 - Inglorion Bastards: The Watchtower of Zirakinbar
The fellowship heads deep into the Withered Heath, where they finally corner the Umbarian corsairs at the watchtower of Zirakinbar. There they discover that the Umbarian leader is the sworn enemy of Feredir, the Dunedain. He is a Black Numenorean, a former King's Men of Numenor.
S01E11 - Inglorion Bastards: Where the Great Dragons Bred
This week our heroes make their way from the River Greylin and into the Withered Heath. There they continue to track the Umbarian corsairs to the great Watch Tower on Zirakinbar. What they discover there is far beyond a handful of pirates...
S01E10 - Inglorion Bastards: Crossing the River Greylin
That's right. This whole episode our heroes are trying to cross a river. But foul voices on the wind compel the water to turn against the fellowship. And crebain spies keep watch as the Umbarian corsairs march farther into the Withered Heath.
S01E09 - Inglorion Bastards: Up Close and Personal with Burin
What better time to interview the player who plays our resident dwarf than after we have heard the party enter Durin's Fane. Learn more about Burin's origin session and the future of Balin's son.
S01E08 - Inglorion Bastards: The Fane of Durin
In this episode, the group seeks shelter in the ancient Fane of Durin, a hidden temple to the first dwarf. Inside the temple they discover some finely crafted dwarves traps, and a stone so beautiful that only the Arkenstone can compare.
S01E07 - Inglorion Bastards: The Outskirts of Gundabad
The crew tracks a pack of Umbarian corsairs through the misty mountains and into the Helegrod region, near Gundabad. There they meet a familiar pair of dwarves and find one of the artifacts from Taradon's Wager.
S01E06 - Inglorion Bastards: Arador's End
The fellowship trails the Umbarian thieves through Arador's End, the final resting place of both Aragorn's grandfather and Feredir's grandfather. There the group group encounters a hill troll and some Dourhand Dwarves.
S01E05 - Inglorion Bastards: Recap and Debrief
Jared, the GM (Game Master), retroactively recaps the adventure to date and the structure of the campaign itself. He then introduces the footage of the players debriefing their experience traveling from Bree to the spurs of the Misty Mountains.
S01E04 - Inglorion Bastards: Battle of Rhû Limbdoll, Part 2
The crew finishes up the battle in Tol Ascarnen and rescues the captured Dunédain. They discover that the pirates have journeyed north through Arador's End with another of the artifacts from Taradon's Wager.
S01E03 - Inglorion Bastards: Battle of Rhû Limbdoll, Part 1
The fellowship heads north into Hithlad, up to a fortification called Tol Ascarnen. There they partake in a battle that the elves would later call "the Discovery of Wicked Secrets."
S01E02 - Inglorion Bastards: Escape the Red Maiden
In this episode the characters set out east on the Great East Road, and travel north into the Ettenmoors. There they encounter the Hillmen of Creoth and learn more about them than they care to know.
S01E01 - Inglorion Bastards: Meet the Characters
Gildor Inglorion assembles the fellowship at the Prancing Pony. Meet the players and characters that will embark on this journey.