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There And Back Again

In this series, story expert Alastair Stephens guides you through the pages of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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There And Back Again 2: Confusticated And Bebothered

This week, we meet out hero, our wizard, and many, many dwarves. Welcome to the first chapter of The Hobbit! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

20 Jan 2017

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There And Back Again 4: Elves and Goblins

This week, Bilbo reaches Rivendell and delves beneath the Misty Mountains in the third and fourth chapters of The Hobbit! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! On Fairy Stories, JRR Tolkien If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

3 Feb 2017

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There And Back Again 59: A Sword-Day, A Red Day

In this week’s session, we discuss hope and despair, the siege of Gondor, and the clash of Gandalf and the Witch-King of Angmar. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! Pledge your support directly via PayPal! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

20 Apr 2018

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There And Back Again 34: The Breaking Of The Fellowship

In this session, we conclude The Fellowship of the Ring and witness the end of the Fellowship in chapters 9 & 10 of Book 2 of The Lord Of The Rings. For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

29 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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There And Back Again 62: The Hands Of A Healer

In this week’s session, we discuss hope and despair at Denethor’s pyre, and then bring athelas to the Houses of Healing. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! Pledge your support directly via PayPal! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

11 May 2018

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There And Back Again 16: A Long-Expected Party

This week, we begin The Fellowship Of The Ring, and discuss hobbit culture, the influence of the ring, and how much Gandalf really knows. For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

5 May 2017

Rank #6

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There And Back Again 22: Tom Bombadil

In this session, we discuss the importance of blue jackets and yellow boots, and journey with the hobbits through the Barrow-Downs! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

22 Jun 2017

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There And Back Again 8: Magic And Mirkwood

This week, Bilbo ventures into Mirkwood and becomes a hero in the eighth chapter of The Hobbit! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! On Fairy Stories, JRR Tolkien If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

3 Mar 2017

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There And Back Again 6: The West And The Wild

This week, Bilbo emerges from the Misty Mountain and moves into the Wild in the sixth chapter of The Hobbit! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! On Fairy Stories, JRR Tolkien If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

17 Feb 2017

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There And Back Again 28: Small, But Great In Mischief

In this session, we complete our discussion of the Council of Elrond in Book 2, Chapter 2 of The Lord of the Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

11 Aug 2017

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There And Back Again 23: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

In this session, we arrive in Bree, spend some time at the Prancing Pony, and meet the man they call Strider! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

29 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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There And Back Again 7: The Other Side

This week, Bilbo meets Beorn in the seventh chapter of The Hobbit! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! On Fairy Stories, JRR Tolkien If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

24 Feb 2017

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There And Back Again 35: Two Roads Diverge

In this session, we delve deep into the final temptation of Boromir, and discuss Frodo’s choice at the end of the Fellowship of the Ring. For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

13 Oct 2017

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There And Back Again 58: Comfort Me Not With Wizards

In this week’s session, we discuss the new The Fall Of Gondolin book, the muster of the Rohirrim, and the beginning of the Siege of Gondor. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! Pledge your support directly via PayPal! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

13 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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There And Back Again 29: Nine Vs. Nine

In this session, we make a valiant effort to leave Rivendell and make it to Caradhras in Book 2, Chapter 3 of The Lord of the Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

18 Aug 2017

Rank #15

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There And Back Again 39: Fire And Deep Water

In this session, we share the tale of the entwives and are reunited with Gandalf in book three, chapters four and five of The Lord Of The Rings! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! Lord of the Rings: How To Read J.R.R. Tolkien (Michael D. C. Drout) If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

16 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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There And Back Again 17: Shadow And Sam

This week, we cover the first half of the second chapter of The Fellowship of the Ring, and discuss what Gandalf knew and when, the history of the ring, and the darkening world. For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

11 May 2017

Rank #17

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There And Back Again 61: Out Of Doubt, Out Of Dark

In this week’s session, we conclude the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and discuss eucatastrophe, magical winds, and try not to weep openly. Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: See the slides for this session There And Back Again: Production Schedule Support Point North on Patreon! Keep Point North caffeinated by buying me a coffee! Pledge your support directly via PayPal! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

4 May 2018

Rank #18

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There And Back Again 9: The Return Of A King

This week, Bilbo rescues the dwarves from the halls of the Wood Elf King, and the company arrives in Laketown in the ninth and tenth chapters of The Hobbit! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! On Fairy Stories, JRR Tolkien If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

10 Mar 2017

Rank #19

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There And Back Again 19: Black Riders

This week, we cover chapter three of The Fellowship of the Ring, and discuss hobbit-style urgency, leaving Bag End, encounters with Black Riders, and elves, sir! Elves! For the slides which accompany this lecture, click here; for the complete series schedule, click here! Download the mp3 here, subscribe on iTunes, on YouTube or via RSS! Show notes: Support Point North on Patreon! If you have thoughts on this episode, get in touch! Follow Point North on Twitter, like on Facebook, or send email to pointnorthmedia@gmail.com. There And Back Again is a Point North Media production by Alastair Stephens, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.

26 May 2017

Rank #20