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Episode 33 is here! Don't be so upset; it's only a short one! Vasilios discusses the passing of Sir Ian Holm and the new Tolkien material that has been announced, and then pads quietly into the Hobbit Hole, where a decision of Gandalf's resonates with him quite loudly.Sir Ian Holm Obituary: https://variety.com/2020/film/global/ian-holm-dead-bilbo-b…
 
Episode 32! In this episode, Vasilios gives you the latest news from Oxonmoot. Then the Felf (famous First Age Elves whose name begins with F) parade continues with short profiles of Finarfin, Fingon, and Finrod. He crowns YOUR favorite Felf and HIS favorite Felf. Are they the same? Find out! In the Hobbit Hole: the often-forgotten beauty of gift-g…
 
Episode 31! In this episode, Vasilios gives his take on the Josh Gad-hosted Reunited Apart: Lord of the Rings Edition. Then, set on helping you remember which F-named Elf (Felf?)is which, he does a quick rundown of Finwë, Feanor, and Fingolfin's greatest hits (with Finarfin, Fingon, and Finrod to be covered next week). In the Hobbit Hole: heroes in…
 
Episode 30 has arrived! Another "tens" milestone! In this episode Vasilios describes what it was like listening to the unendingly talented Andy Serkis perform a reading of "Riddles in the Dark" and gives his impressions of the upcoming Gollum video game stills. In the Hobbit Hole: hearing the call of the sea in your own life.Hobbitathon News Story:…
 
Episode 29 is here!Vasilios shares Tolkien news from the reptile and motorcycle realm (yes, you read those correctly), talks about the Tolkien Society Awards, and reads his newest review! Afterward, he heads straight for the Hobbit Hole, where he drops some HUGE personal news. Then he explores a famous passage from The Return of the King and talks …
 
Episode 28 is a VERY special episode. Vasilios gets to talk with that immensely talented musician who moved hearts at SoCal Moot, Charlie Vaughn! They discuss Charlie's experience playing at the moot, his musical process, and his love of things Tolkien. Then, sit back and enjoy TWO of Charlie's songs in their entirety (including the audience favori…
 
EPISODE 27! In this episode, Vasilios discusses his magical Tolkien Reading Day experience, then talks Disney and Pixar's ONWARD from a Tolkienist perspective. So SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS! He points out all the Tolkien homages he found in the film, then takes a look at the thematic similarities and differences between ONWARD and Tolkien's legen…
 
It's a BONUS Episode for Tolkien Reading Day 2020! What!? In this episode, Vasilios talks a little bit about what March 25th means to him, discusses nature as a doorway to Faery, and then reads a bit from his favorite Tolkien short story,"Smith of Wootton Major."Happy Tolkien Reading Day, everyone!If you'd like to hear a bit more Vasilios, tune in …
 
Episode 25! Quarantine will not stop your host from releasing podcast episodes! Vasilios shares the recent Tolkien news regarding RPG's and Amazon's The Second Age, and then delves, or should I say climbs, into his latest topic: HEIGHTS! Have you ever wondered the precise heights of Elves, Men, Wizards, Dwarves, and Hobbits? Oh, you haven't. Ah, we…
 
A shortie but goodie! Vasilios talks about the shorter episodes to come, covers all the best Tolkien-related news from the last 2 weeks, including a major casting change in the Amazon Lord of the Rings series, then GETS INTO IT: in the Hobbit Hole, he goes all the way back to the first chapter of the Silmarillion to see how Eru Illuvatar has got ev…
 
In Episode 18, Vasilios relates some more Lord of the Rings Series news, then dives back in to his in-depth look at the Great Eagles. This time, he takes a close look at their doings in The Lord of the Rings. What can the most famous of Tolkien's works tell us about the much-discussed, oft-maligned majestic birds of his legendarium? Not stopping he…
 
In Episode 17, find out the latest Tolkien-related news! Later, Vasilios continues researching his fine feathered friends, the Great Eagles! What are they up to in The Hobbit? How does it inform their behavior in the Silmarillion? What does it say about them in general? In the Hobbit Hole: a look in your host's eyes and a certainty in his heart.NOT…
 
In the 16th episode, Vasilios broaches that familiar Tolkien topic: eagles! We know they're not a jewelry delivery service, so what are they, actually? Search and rescue workers? Air force? Glorified airbuses? By logging all their appearances in the official canon, Vasilios tries to crack the code of the much-maligned feathered fouls. In the Hobbit…
 
It's a short one! Vasilios discusses his tardiness, the brevity of the episode, and his priorities, then gets to the good part: the Hobbit Hole! In the Hobbit Hole we hear about how self-doubt qualified one very famous wizard for one very important job, and how this just might make Vasilios a good candidate for... well, listen and find out!Soundclo…
 
In Episode 14, Vasilios talks about his very fun Baggins Birthday Bash experience, and the unexpected Lord of the Rings celebrity he ran into! In the Takeaway, he continues to track the most famous Dwarf-Elf friendship in all Middle-earth history and discusses how it's so much more than a bromance. Finally, in the Hobbit Hole: Vasilios is presented…
 
Introducing a NEW SEGMENT - which means a NEW SOUND EFFECT! Vasilios went and saw Two Towers and Return of the King in theaters for the first time since he was in high school, and he talks about his mixed feelings. Then, join him as he tracks the relationship between everyone's favorite unlikely pair of friends in the trilogy, Gimli the Dwarf and L…
 
Vasilios takes a few minutes to talk about the Tolkien news in his life, and then dives into one of his favorite short stories in the world, Tolkien's "Smith of Wootton Major," exploring three reasons why he just loves this tale so gosh-darn much. In the Hobbit Hole, Vasilios points to a certain tendency of the protagonist, and how this tendency ca…
 
In Episode 11, Vasilios responds to some listener feedback! First on the docket: can books be considered inherently better than drama? Vasilios discusses. Then: is The Lord of the Rings' struggle of good versus evil realistic enough to be taken seriously? Vasilios explores. In the Hobbit Hole: Vasilios lets Frodo speak for him about exposure to ele…
 
Vasilios gives an Amazon Lord of the Rings series update and then dives in to TOLKIEN, the 2019 film adaptation of the Professor's life. Was there more to like than dislike? Also, in the Hobbit Hole: Tolkien's plea regarding art criticism, and how it might reflect on Tolkien biopic opinions. Finally, SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't seen the movie yet…
 
After responding to some feedback, Vasilios talks the upcoming Lord of the Rings series on Amazon Prime! What does the choice of the Second Age mean? What can we garner from the choice of creative team? WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT!? In the Hobbit Hole: seas, forests, and the key to marital bliss.Find This Podcast:Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/tolkientakeawa…
 
Vasilios continues to tell of his adventure(honeymoon) down in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Hear of his exploits in Wellington and Glenorchy! Meet the legendary Ray of Rivendell! Finally, in the Hobbit Hole, Bilbo explains why Vasilios chose New Zealand in the first place.Find This Podcast:Find This Podcast:Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/tolkienta…
 
Vasilios returns after a long-expected sojourn into the lands of career change, marriage, and honeymoons! He discusses said sojourn, his journey to the Middle Earth at the bottom of the world, and the new format of the podcast. In the Hobbit Hole: using what you've got.Hobbiton Movie Tours: www.hobbitontours.comThe Prancing Pony Podcast:Website: ht…
 
Tolkien Takeaway is back with Episode 6; or the Doctor and the Professor! Vasilios is back in the booth with special guest, friend, comedian, producer, and Dr. Who expert LAUREN BANCROFT! They dive deep, discussing what connects them to their beloved universes, being whisked off on adventures, regeneration, and forgiveness. Bonus- learn Lauren's lo…
 
In Episode 5, Vasilios digs out the thesis essay he wrote for his Tolkien seminar in college! Can fantasy ever be dramatized properly? What do Peter Jackson's films contribute? What do Tolkien's visual descriptions do for readers? In the Hobbit Hole: death in a different light.For additional reading:The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien - edited by Humphre…
 
In Episode 4, Vasilios is back on the mic to discuss ... hobbit politics?? Make way for ancient conflicts, classified information, bureacracy, and party loyalty! Find out what this stuff is doing in a charming young adult fantasy novel. And in today's Hobbit Hole: to hoard gold, or not to hoard gold? That is the question.Dan Carlin's Hardcore Histo…
 
The first episode with a guest! Vasilios brings in his good friend, artist, animator, designer, editor, podcaster, and huge Star Wars nerd Cameron Dexter of the Timm Talk Podcast to talk some Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. They get into his nerd origin story, mentors, character arcs, and New Years greetings! In the Hobbit Hole: going easy on your…
 
The sophomore episode of the podcast! Vasilios traces the story of Galadriel through the works of Tolkien, discovering some fascinating things about her evolution. Three-dimensional female characters? Check! In this episode's Hobbit Hole: acknowledging the positives of the present!Find This Podcast:Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/tolkientakeawayApple Po…
 
The pilot episode of the podcast, where Vasilios outlines his relationship with Tolkien and his relationship with podcasts! In the Hobbit Hole: filling the gap yourself. He speaks quickly and nerdily.Find This Podcast:Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/tolkientakeawayApple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tolk…ay/id1170320003Facebook: facebook.com/t…
 
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