Episode 40.3 – The Greatest Adventure: The Desolation of Elijah (Part 3 of 3)


Osgiliath could only hold so long against the wrath of Minas Morgul. Similarly, in this epic conclusion of our three-part discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit or There and Back Again, we fail to keep Elijah’s wrath toward Peter Jackson’s film adaptation at bay.

Next book: Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

Episode 40.2 – The Greatest Adventure: Riddles From the Web (Part 2 of 3)


The epic saga continues in part two of The Greatest Adventure, wherein we continue our discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit or There and Back Again. Look, some of you might say that this episode is completely unnecessary. You may also say that we just crammed in a bunch of stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with the book in order to stretch this thing out to three episodes, and you wouldn’t be wrong. We try our hand at a few riddles, listen to some fantastic songs from the Rankin/Bass animated film, and wrap up our discussion of the book. It’s more fun than a barrel of dwarves!

Episode 40.1 – The Greatest Adventure: The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins (Part 1 of 3)

In this opening episode of an epic three-part series, we begin the greatest adventure by discussingĀ The Hobbit or There and Back AgainĀ by J.R.R. Tolkien. Ansel, much like a certain wizard, guides us into the world of Middle Earth via the lens of the book, the Rankin/Bass animated film, and Leonard Nimoy’s masterful song, the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.