GGG#12: Corey Olsen
Episode 12 << Click to Listen
The Tolkien Professor, Corey Olsen, joins us to talk about Tolkien, Medieval literature, and whether Balrogs have wings.
Panel Topic: Tolkien
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0:00 Introduction by Tor.com
0:37 Dave and John introduce the show
Interview: Corey Olsen
02:22 Interview begins
02:39 How Corey got interested in Medieval literature, and the Medieval spirit of Tolkien
04:58 Chronological snobbery and other common misconceptions about the Medieval world
07:47 Who takes a class on Tolkien?
09:44 Tolkien and war
10:57 Themes in Tolkien’s work
11:54 J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century by Tom Shippey–is Tolkien the most important author of the 20th century?
12:29 Is George R.R. Martin really “the American Tolkien”?
15:38 Do Balrogs have wings? Paying attention to what is on the page
17:35 Dave’s mom has a complaint that is totally legitimate unless you happen to be a linguist
19:04 Regarding Tom Bombadil
21:02 The Professor weighs in on the movies
33:09 End of interview
Dave and John discuss all things Hobbit
33:10 Proper pronunciation, and Dave’s adventures in trying to teach Tolkien
35:16 Fantasy languages: world-building from the ground up
37:04 Introducing young people to fantasy literature via Tolkien, and how to make people aware of the existing short fiction market
38:37 John’s take on the “author of the century” label for Tolkien
40:45 If sexy elves and space marines didn’t exist, would it be necessary to invent them?
45:13 Almost a decade later, the guys talk about the Peter Jackson films, and get a little misty about the dungeon crawl in Fellowship
51:37 The importance of Gandalf’s death and what it can teach new writers
53:52 The new Hobbit movie vs. the original Hobbit
01:07:19 There and Back Again, and Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of The Hobbit
01:11:47 Regarding George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones coming to HBO, and retrofitting the mythology of an author’s first story into a later epic
01:15:11 Avatar: The Last Airbender as an example of great world-building–join us at Tor.com for the Rewatch!
01:16:29 Show wrap-up
Next week: John Langan, author of House of Windows!
Thanks for listening!