Season 3, TradReviews, Episode 4: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, & the Board Games

J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork

J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork (New Line Cinema)

On the month's episode of Trad Reviews, we will be talking about the perennial classic works of J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

We will take a deep look at these novels, how they present the central themes, some of the extremely few criticisms of the work, as well as dispelling some myths and misunderstandings associated with them. A close look will be given to the central characters in the novels and the lessons learned from each of them. From a Catholic perspective, it is obvious that Tolkien's deep Catholic faith played a central role in these works, and we will explain how. Additionally, we will compare and contrast the novels with the Hollywood series adaptations by Peter Jackson and discuss whether or not the silver screen versions of these does justice to the novels.

Lastly, we will close with a look at the Lord of the Rings board game and why the one we chose to discuss is worth looking into for wholesome entertainment.

Join us as host and honorary Hobbit Nicholas Wansbutter lights up some pipe weed and gives his thoughts on Tolkien's works and why they are considered essential reading.


Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
Show Run Time: 30 minutes
Show Guest(s): None
Show Host(s): Nicholas Wansbutter
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