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THE SECRETS OF

Middle Earth

The Secrets of Middle-Earth explores the very Catholic works from the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien in both his writing and the screen adaptations of them, digging into the deeper meanings and hidden layers for the truth and beauty found therein.

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  • Tolkien and Lewis

    Tolkien and Lewis

    Inklings! Jeff Haecker, Thomas Salerno, and Alix Murray discuss literary friends J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, how their shared experiences and academic careers led to the Inklings and how that friendship shaped Narnia and Middle Earth.

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  • A Special Message from StarQuest

    A Special Message from StarQuest

    StarQuest CEO Dom Bettinelli has a special message for all listeners and supporters of StarQuest’s shows.

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  • Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 10-12

    Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 10-12

    Of the Sindar, Sun and Moon, and Men. Thomas Salerno, Patrick Mason, and Jeff Haecker discuss the next part of the Silmarillion in their ongoing deep read series, and discuss the themes of light vs. dark, life and death, and the gift of mortality.

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  • The Hunt for Gollum (Fan Film)

    The Hunt for Gollum (Fan Film)

    Before the upcoming big budget Hollywood film was announced, there was a fan film about the hunt for Gollum, and Thomas Salerno, Jeff Haecker, and Patrick Mason dive in to discuss it. Plus lots of discussion of upcoming Middle Earth-themed media.

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  • Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 9: Flight of the Noldor

    Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 9: Flight of the Noldor

    Continuing their walk through the Silmarillion, Thomas Salerno, Jeff Haecker, and Patrick Mason discuss the tragic kinslaying and the oath that would bring doom to Middle Earth as well as the themes of pride, betrayal and the consequences of your actions.

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  • Middle Earth in Star Wars

    Middle Earth in Star Wars

    Much of modern culture was influenced by Tolkien’s writings and Star Warsis no different. Thomas Salerno, Jeff Haecker, and Patrick Mason are joined by Kathryn Laffrey to discuss all the ways that Tolkien’s ideas, characters, and plots have influenced Star Wars.

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  • Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 6, 7, & 8

    Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 6, 7, & 8

    Continuing their dive into the Quenta Silmarillion, Thomas Salerno, Jeff Haecker, and Patrick Mason discuss Melkor’s corrupting influence, Fëanor’s tragic complexity, and the symbolism of Ungoliant’s darkness and hunger as they set the stage for the entire First Age.

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  • Peter Jackson’s The Return of The King

    Peter Jackson’s The Return of The King

    The trilogy ends! Jeff Haecker, Thomas Salerno, and Alix Murray finish their discussion of the Peter Jackson LOTR trilogy, diving deep into the themes of sacrifice, courage, resilience, and more, while comparing how the films differed from original book and the film’s lasting impact.

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  • Tolkien Reading Day 2024: Service and Sacrifice

    Tolkien Reading Day 2024: Service and Sacrifice

    The theme for Tolkien Reading Day 2024 is Service and Sacrifice, so Jeff Haecker, Thomas Salerno, and Patrick Mason shares their favorite quotes from Tolkien’s works on the subject, concluding that nearly the whole Legendarium is on that topic.

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  • Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 3, 4, & 5

    Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 3, 4, & 5

    Awakening. Thomas Salerno, Jeff Haecker, and Pat Mason continue their walk through the Silmarillion, covering the creation and awakening of Elves, origins of orcs, the first binding of Morgoth, and themes of power, sacrifice, and morallity.

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  • Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers

    Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers

    So much happens in Peter Jackson’s film verison of The Two Towers. Jeff Haecker, Thomas Salerno, and Alix Murray discuss the film’s portrayals of Faramir and Theoden; the themes of hope, unity, and despair at Helm’s Deep; and the changes made from the book.

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  • Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 1 & 2

    Quenta Silmarillion, Ch. 1 & 2

    Continuing their discussion of The Silmarillion, Thomas Salerno, Jeff Haecker, and Patrick Mason discuss the beginning of the Quenta Silmarillion and the themes of fate, free will, creation, and destruction within Tolkien’s universe.

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