Pop Medieval Ep 48: Where There’s a Whip…

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Pop Medieval Ep 48: Where There's a Whip...
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Doc and Nina try to record an episode without giggling, but the lord of the lash says, “nay, nay, nay!” They are back in Nerdhaven studios together and, propelled by the new Lord of the Rings series called “The Rings of Power,” discuss some Tolkien adaptations. Stay for a serenade. 

Topics discussed: Overpromising book deadlines, selective rotoscoping, a shocking dvd discovery, Rankin Bass’s confusing start and bizarre flashbacks, Nina’s need for a map, Frodo-mon, the fourth wall break, and justice for the felbeast. 

Recommendations

Dan Olsen’s Exhaustive History of Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr_rb_pitHk

Old English and Samwise Gamgee by Dr. Richard Scott Nokes (https://books2read.com/u/3yPjRp)

Listen to “Where There’s a Whip There’s a Way” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoAfb3f04mo)

Pop Medieval Episode 32: In Mother Russia…They Include Tom Bombadil

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Pop Medieval Episode 32: In Mother Russia...They Include Tom Bombadil







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We lost our minds earlier this month when Russia’s 5TV uploaded a two-part Soviet television adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. This performance, once believed lost to time by scholars who knew of its existence, comes from 1991, at the tail-end of the Soviet Union. Now, both parts are up on YouTube for the world to watch. It’s time to pack a thermos of borscht and set forth on an adventure toward Mount Doom on a mission of perestroika!

Doc and Nina discuss the performance as both a scholar of Soviet/post-Soviet History and a defender of the performing arts (respectively). They’ll start off by giving the low production value a context, work their way through the mournful Russian folk music, puzzle about the frigid weather in the Shire, and, of course, discuss Tom Bombadil. Nina is on a quest for Soviet propaganda and Doc will also answer the question: is The Lord of the Rings an allegory for WWII? Warning: bad Russian accents and worse Soviet jokes lie within.


Show notes:

Part One of the performance: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vquKyNdgH3s)

Part Two of the performance: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLevCLNnLmg)

The Guardian article: (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/05/soviet-tv-version-lord-of-the-rings-rediscovered-after-30-years)


Recommendations

The Pyramid Collection (https://www.pyramidcollection.com/)

Beowulf: Prince of the Geats (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455348/)


Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina and email at podcast at profawesome dot com!