We welcome Taylor Driggers, author and scholar, to discuss the intersections between christian faith, fantasy, and queerness.
We look at ‘ Silvergifting’ (Sauron/Celebrimbor) fan fiction. After an intro to fan fiction and its history, we do a few readings of fics.
A deep-dive discussion of Galadriels’s flaws and journey to redemption. Pride, colonialism, revenge, sub-creation, and kinship with Feanor.
Part 2 of Season 1 of ‘Rings of Power’. We examine how the series depicts elves & gender roles, “Incel Sauron”, and Queer representation.
Finally discussing the Tolkien event of the year – the first season of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’. We start by giving each of our wide-ranging reviews of the series, then get into the divisive fan response and resulting challenges with talking about the series in public spaces. And we analyze how the series depicts race, gender, disability, and their intersection, as well as representations of ‘the other’.
Alicia & Tim share their experiences from their first time attending ‘A Long-Expected Party’ at the Pleasant Hill Shaker Village in Kentucky and recount how they were pleasantly surprised to find it to be quite a Queer event! Then discuss some recent happenings in the world of Tolkien – some troubling, others inspiring.
Dive deep into one of the most complex characters that Tolkien could never quite make up his mind about: Galadriel, Lady of Lothlórien. We dig deep into the lore to uncover the queer identity and relationships of the mightiest and fairest Elf in the Third Age, and get nerdy about language and gender roles.
Everyone recounts their history with Tolkien’s legendarium, and shares personal experiences and interactions with Tolkien fandom & scholarship. We wrap up with a summary of why ‘Queer Lodgings’ exists, some of our goals for the podcast, and tease some future episode topics.
A systematic refutation of common social media complains about Rings of Power through textual evidence from Tolkien and other sources, demonstrating how silly and often rooted in racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry the arguments are.
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