Beneath Your Feet 23: Old Forest

Beneath Your Feet 23: Old Forest

Aug 15, 2013

I am joined once again by the inimitable Alberos for a trek through the oldest of forests! We talk about the various locales and its connexion with Fangorn. More on the Old Forest: The Brasse Map Tolkien Gateway Essay – ‘Chapter By Chapter’ This week’s music: All your Light (Times Like These) by Portugal the Man [buy] Despertar by Aisha...

Beneath Your Feet 22: Lone-lands

Beneath Your Feet 22: Lone-lands

Aug 13, 2013

Oh, loneliest of lands. Whither would we be without you to carry us from level 20 to 30? Tomeoric (which I sadly mispronounced on the show; it’s “toe-MAYO-rick”) joins me in a discussion of the high points of the zone, from Weathertop to Agamaur, newbie experiences with the zone, and a few things you may have missed along the way. More...

Beneath Your Feet 21: Bag End

Beneath Your Feet 21: Bag End

Aug 11, 2013

Bag End! Most desirable of hobbit holes. The home of the Bagginses is a symbol or entry point into Middle-earth. In this episode we look at the history of the place, its meaning and its layout. Not a bad thing to have to all of you fall festivalers. More on Bag End Tolkien Gateway Bag End pictures from The Hobbit film This episode’s music: Bilbo’s...

Beneath Your Feet 20: Anduin

Beneath Your Feet 20: Anduin

Aug 9, 2013

One year of Beneath Your Feet! Who woulda thunkit? There have been ups and down but I’m glad all of you have stuck with BYF and are still enjoying the episodes, no matter how regularly they are released. I appreciate it! This special episode looks not at a region but the Great River Anduin that flows from the far north, all the way to the sea. It’s...

Beneath Your Feet 19: Falathlorn

Beneath Your Feet 19: Falathlorn

Aug 7, 2013

Gil-galad was an elven king; of him the harpers sadly sing. This episode, another quick one, explores the beautiful elf starter area of Falathlorn and it’s connexions to the fallen kingdom of Lindon and Gil-galad, it’s former king. More info on Falathlorn and Lindon: Lotro-Wiki Wikipedia Encyclopedia of Arda Tolkien Gateway This episode’s...

Beneath Your Feet 18: Bamfurlong

Beneath Your Feet 18: Bamfurlong

Aug 5, 2013

Short and sweet, this episode takes a quick look at the farm of Bamfurlong and its master, Farmer Maggot. What is his connexion to Tom Bombadil, and why is Frodo so very afraid of him? Have a listen and find out. http://lotroacademy.com/byf/BYF%2018%20-%20Bamfurlong.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download...

Beneath Your Feet 17: Goblin-town

Beneath Your Feet 17: Goblin-town

Aug 3, 2013

Down, down we go! Starry, of Starry Mantle fame, comes along for a trek deep down into the Misty Mountains, where awaits a trove of history; from Bilbo’s buttons to Gollum’s cave to disco goblins and beyond. Have a listen, my lad! Ho ho, my lad! Yeah, sorry… The Starry Mantle! More on Goblin-town: Tolkien Gateway LOTRO Goblin-town Map LOTRO...

Beneath Your Feet 16: Enedwaith

Beneath Your Feet 16: Enedwaith

Aug 1, 2013

First, thank you all so much for enduring my little impromptu break! I believe things are back on track here at Beneath Your Feet. Enedwaith is a big, unruly zone, so I had to call in the big, unruly podcasting guns. Syp joins me as we explore and discuss the many, many different areas of the ‘middle waste’, from its brief history as a forestry...

Beneath Your Feet 15: Buckland

Beneath Your Feet 15: Buckland

Jul 30, 2013

There’s queer folk in Buckland, or so the saying goes. Arwen Kester joins me for a look at this odd and wonderful colony of the Shire. More on Buckland and the Brandybucks: Tolkien Gateway Wikipedia (with family tree) Short bio on Meriadoc ‘The Road Goes Ever On’ (screens that correspond to the story) Be sure to have a listen to Arwen’s...

Beneath Your Feet 14: The Cuthstan

Beneath Your Feet 14: The Cuthstan

Jul 28, 2013

We are getting closer and closer to Rohan! So with this 14th episode, I have a look at the new(ish) Great River region, specifically the Cuthstan a great statue erected to remind us of the friendship between Gondor and Rohan Please be sure to comment, as I always appreciate feedback (positive or negative) and feel free to email me with any questions or...

Beneath Your Feet 13: Misty Mountains

Beneath Your Feet 13: Misty Mountains

Jul 26, 2013

Far over the Misty Mountains cold… I’m flying solo again in Episode 13, up and away to the Misty Mountains cold! Join me in a brief look at what makes those Mountains one of the great crossroads of Middle-earth. For more info on the Misty Mountains, head to… LotR Wikia Over the Misty Mountains poem “Living in the Misty Mountains”...

Beneath Your Feet 12: Trollshaws

Beneath Your Feet 12: Trollshaws

Jul 24, 2013

“When four hobbits and a ranger find their way over the Last Bridge and into the Trollshaws they come upon a strange but familiar sight: three stone trolls.” Though these three louts are the icons of the Trollshaws, there is a lot more to it than just Bert, Tom, and William. Merric of A Casual Stroll to Mordor joins me as we sift through the autumn...

Beneath Your Feet 11: Midgewater and the Weather Hills

Beneath Your Feet 11: Midgewater and the Weather Hills

Jul 22, 2013

Neek-breek! Breek-neek! It rings in your ears like creeping death. The buzzing, the moisture, the stinging and biting, the ruinous spiders and goblins All in a days work for you adventurers passing by Midgewater Marshes. And on the far side comes sweet relief as we find the Weather Hills and its most famousest peak, Weathertop. Have a look around these parts...

Beneath Your Feet 10: West Angmar

Beneath Your Feet 10: West Angmar

Jul 20, 2013

Ah, lovely West Angmar. It’s like a nuclear waste land, if Sauron had developed the bomb. And who should join me here in this wretched land? Why, Doc Holliday of course! Have a listen and get a better appreciation for the lands of the Witch-king. Here are a few links to get you some more info on Angmar: Tolkien Gateway Ten Ton Hammer LOTRO Wiki   ...

Beneath Your Feet 09: Winter-home

Beneath Your Feet 09: Winter-home

Jul 18, 2013

Ah, the tail end of the Yule Festival and all the snowballs and goodies that come with it. In this episode I have a look at Turbine’s holiday creation and see how well it fits here in Middle-earth. Enjoy! As Winter-home is strictly part of the game (not the books) and strictly a holiday locale, I thought I had best investigate before it goes into...

Beneath Your Feet 08: Brandywine Bridge

Beneath Your Feet 08: Brandywine Bridge

Jul 16, 2013

Ah, the Bridge. It’s the first sight a traveler sees before crossing the Baranduin into the Little Land. This week I have a long, hard look at that Bridge and we see who’s made it and why, and why it has everything to do with the Shire. Enjoy! This was a fun, short episode as it’s just a small bit of real estate in Middle-earth (but an...

Beneath Your Feet 07: The Walls of Moria

Beneath Your Feet 07: The Walls of Moria

Jul 14, 2013

The West Gate, Durin’s Door, the Walls of Moria. For many LotRO players it was a first step into a great beyond, as both the opening to the alien realm of Moria and also as the games first full expansion. This week I have a look at those walls, the story of Bosi and company, and, of course, the Watcher in the Water. Have a listen! Bosi leads the way. But...

Beneath Your Feet 06: Forochel

Beneath Your Feet 06: Forochel

Jul 12, 2013

It’s cold, so very cold. As we approach the unforgiving season of winter let’s have a look at the frosty tundra of Forochel Bay! It’s a shorter episode this time. I hope I don’t sound too snarky in this episode: my attempts at humour sometimes come off as scoffish and that is not my intent. How about some screenies? If you’d like...

Beneath Your Feet 05: Lake Evendim

Beneath Your Feet 05: Lake Evendim

Jul 10, 2013

Time to take a dip! Goldenstar of A Casual Stroll to Mordor joined me this week for a trip to the great lake of Eriador. The ruins of Annuminas, the remnant of Rangers, the sheer beauty of the vista make this an amazingly scenic zone. Enjoy! Thanks go to Brian for some beautiful shots of Evendim, and thanks again to Goldenstar. Be sure to check out her great...

Beneath Your Feet 04: Tolkien Basics

Beneath Your Feet 04: Tolkien Basics

Jul 8, 2013

I’m often concerned with the number of proper nouns I use in this show; if you’ve never read the Silmarillion, it can be a problem. Who are the Noldor? The Vanyar? The Edain? Who are the Valar? My hope is that this episode will fill in some of those gaps for those of you less familiar with the deeper histories of Middle-earth. I am joined by the...