The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers Review & Analysis Part 3 (Chapter 12-Chapter 16)

May 22nd, 2022

The Battle of Helms Deep is over, the power of Saruman is broken, and now we move to the perspective of the other main characters, Frodo & Sam. We're excited to have you join us today as we jump into the next five chapters of The Two Towers which include The Taming of Sméagol through The Window on the West.


Tag along as we follow Frodo & Sam after they depart the Company and make their way towards Mordor alone, find unsuspecting help along the way, attempt to pass through some eerie marshlands, approach the Black Gate from a distance, make the decision to put their trust in a sneaky creature, and meet a few men from Gondor that are reminiscent of some old friends.


With Chase & Josh detailing the major key details of each chapter, providing analysis of foreshadows and thought processes of certain characters, and debating scenarios in which different paths may have been taken... don't go anywhere.


"We wants it! But'--- and here there was a long pause, as if a new thought had wakened. "Not yet, eh? Perhaps not. She might help. She might, yes."

The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers Review & Analysis Part 2 (Chapter 7-Chapter 11)

May 15th, 2022

Gandalf has rejoined the fray at the turning of the tide and with the help of Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli, King Théoden and his men leave Edoras ready for battle. And today, a battle they will get.  Thanks for stopping by today as we jump into the next five chapters of The Two Towers which include Helms Deep through The Palantír.


Stick around while we cover the siege which encompasses all of Saruman's might against a much smaller force, the Ents taking advantage of a defenseless Isengard, a grand reunion amongst friends, a dispute amongst Wizard's, and an glass ball orb that almost ruins everything.


With Chase and Josh describing one of the most climactic battles in the series, discussing what stuck out most in each chapter, touching on easy to miss detail, pointing out major foreshadows, and debating some interesting questions... Don't miss out!


"Behold, I am not Gandalf the Grey, whom you betrayed. I am Gandalf the White, who has returned from death. You have no colour now, and I cast you from the order and from the Council."

The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers Review & Analysis Part 1 (Chapter 2-Chapter 6)

May 8th, 2022

Boromir has fallen, Merry & Pippen have been taken captive, Frodo & Sam go their own way, while Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli give chase to the orc hoard. Today we are diving fully into the second book in The Lord of the Rings franchise, The Two Towers covering Chapter 2 through Chapter 6 (The Riders of Rohan-The King of the Golden Hall).


Join us as we meet some of the horse lords of the Riddermark, watch a disagreement amongst three different factions or orcs unfold, are introduced the the ancient Ents of Fangorn Forest, are rejoined by an unexpected powerful ally who is the same yet different, and finish up with a difficult decision made by King Théoden.


With Chase & Josh fully transitioning to the next novel in the acclaimed series, discussing the highs and lows of the chapters, detailing the major events that take place, and debating potential "what if" scenarios when it comes to love connections amongst a key character, this is one you don't want to miss!


"Be merry! We meet again. At the turn of the tide. The great storm is coming, but the tide has turned."

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship Differences Part 2 Between Novel & Film

May 1st, 2022

Today Chase & Josh close out The Fellowship of the Ring in it's entirety as we compare the second half of the novel (as well as the first chapter of The Two Towers) to the Extended Edition Part 2 film!


Tag along as we discuss some of the notable differences found between the movie and the book such as; The reforging of Elendil's sword and Aragorn taking it straight from Rivendell, who the Crebain report to, who manipulates the weather on the mountain Caradhras, the Fellowship being attacked by a pack of wolves prior to their trip into Moria, who it was that disturbs the lake before the mountain's entrance, which creature spears Frodo, how the company enters Lothlórien, the incorporation of a lead Uruk-hai, and an all out battle scene that we get to visually witness.


With The Riddikulus Crew notating the main differences that stood out to them individually, providing their thoughts on the second half of The Fellowship of the Ring, giving their takeaways on the first installment of the series as a whole and providing a numeric ranking score for both the novel and the film, stay tuned!


'At that moment there was a twang of bowstrings: several arrows whistled over them, and some fell among them.  One smote Frodo between the shoulders and he lurched forward with a cry, letting go his paddle: but the arrow fell back, foiled by his hidden coat of mail.  Another passed through Aragorn's hood; and a third stood fast in the gunwale of the second boat, close by Merry's hand.  Sam thought he could glimpse black figures running to and fro upon the long shingle-banks that lay under the eastern shore.  They seemed very near.'

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship Review & Analysis Part 6 (Chapter 21-Chapter 1 of Two Towers)

April 24th, 2022

The momentary safety of Lórien is pleasant and brings a sense of comfort to the Fellowship after such a great loss, but decisions have to be made and the Ring isn't getting any closer to Mount Doom while they remain there. Today we continue the quest and cover the remainder of The Fellowship of the Ring novel and also the very first chapter in The Two Towers which include Farewell to Lórien through The Departure of Boromir!


Follow along as we learn about the two paths that lie ahead for the Fellowship, the gifts Galadriel bestows upon each member, the revelation of who has been following the group since Moria, a treasonous act, the path the ring bearer decides to take, an attack that results in a kidnapping, and one of the company's final farewell.


With Chase & Josh closing out the first novel in this epic series, giving their perspectives on the characters choices, detailing the major key moments that define this section of the tale, and debating a "what could have been" moment, don't miss out.


"Farewell, Aragorn! Go to Minas Tirith and save my people! I have failed."

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship Review & Analysis Part 5 (Chapter 16-Chapter 20)

April 17th, 2022

The Counsel of Elrond has spoken, the Ring must be destroyed and Frodo has agreed to take it to Mordor himself, so we pick back up in Rivendell for the next part of the journey where we will be going over the next five chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring today which include The Ring Goes South through The Mirror of Galadriel!


Tune in as we find out who will accompany Frodo on this quest, important presents Bilbo bestows upon Frodo, the dangers of the mountain Caradhras, the perilous alternate route chosen, an ultimate sacrifice made, and the introduction to the Lady of Lórien.


With Chase & Josh tackling the climactic moment of the first novel of this series, providing takeaways and detailing easy to miss details, engaging in debates, and highlighting foreshadowed moments, don't miss out.


"It was a Balrog of Morgoth," said Legolas; "of all elf-banes the most deadly, save the One who sits in the Dark Tower."

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship Differences Part 1 Between Novel & Film

April 10th, 2022

Chase & Josh are back at it again today where we compare the first half of The Fellowship of the Ring novel to it's Extended Edition Part 1 film counterpart!


Join us as we highlight some of the key differences between the movie and book such as; the hobbit's trip into the Old Forest and subsequently their introduction to Tom Bombadil, Gandalf's conflict with Saruman, which elf helps Frodo get to Rivendell, Bilbo's place in the Council of Elrond and many more.


With The Riddikulus Crew detailing the differences that resonated with each of them, their thoughts about the first half of The Fellowship of the Ring as a whole, and giving a numeric rating for both the novel & film, this is one you don't want to miss.


'When the old man, helped by Bilbo and some dwarves, had finished unloading, Bilbo gave a few pennies away; but not a single squib or cracker was forthcoming, to the disappointment of the onlookers.' "Run away now!" said Gandalf "You will get plenty when the time comes."

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship Review & Analysis Part 3 (Chapter 11-Chapter 15)

April 3rd, 2022

The journey keeps rolling as we continue on our way to Rivendell with the hobbits and the Ranger called Strider as detailed through the next five chapter of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.


Today we will see an escape from Bree, a battle at Weathertop, one of the group sustains a life threatening injury, unexpected help comes, and a secret council is held in the House of Elrond.


Don't miss out as Chase & Josh take you on this next part of the adventure and discuss key events, highlight references to past works of literature, detail important foreshadows, and debate interesting topics!


"I will take the Ring", he said, "though I do not know the way."

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship Review & Analysis Part 2 (Chapter 6-Chapter 10)

March 27th, 2022

We continue along down the road today where we pick back up with our favorite hobbits and tag along through the next sequence of events that unfold between Chapter 6-Chapter 10 of The Fellowship of the Ring!


Join us as we tag along on a trip through The Old Forest, meet a strange yet friendly character that helps them out of a bind who is more than meets the eye, tangle with a Barrow wight, enjoy a few brews at The Prancing Pony, and are introduced to a very important Ranger.


With Chase & Josh providing the highlights of each chapter, giving their respective takeaways, pondering thought provoking questions and closing out with some debates, this is one you don't want to miss!


"I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will."

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship Review & Analysis Part 1 (Chapter 1-Chapter 5)

March 20th, 2022

The time has come. Today Chase & Josh begin one of the most influential fantasy-fiction franchises of all time in The Lord of the Rings.  We are going to join the Hobbits on their big adventure and see it through to the very end!


We are going to tackle multiple chapters in each episode and will stop at the midway point and the end of each novel to compare it to the part 1 and part 2 extended edition of the films, so buckle up because this is going to be one wild journey.


Today we cover the first 5 chapters where we get to hear about an old Hobbit's birthday, the backstory of a specific ring, leaving Bag End, and black riders making an appearance. We're just starting off with this great franchise, so don't miss out!

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