Mercury Direct, J. R. R. Tolkien’s History of the World

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Today is the 125th birth anniversary of J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973). Today’s Planet Waves FM is an extended special edition, devoted to the work to which Tolkien himself was most devoted: The Silmarillion.

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Dear Friend and Listener:

Today is the 125th birth anniversary of J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973). Tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here] is an extended special edition in two segments, devoted to the work to which Tolkien himself was most devoted: The Silmarillion.

Published posthumously in 1977, Tolkien worked on The Silmarillion throughout his career, before The Hobbit and long after the completion and success of The Lord of the Rings.

J. R. R. Tolkien.

J. R. R. Tolkien.

I begin the show with a half-hour roundup of Mercury direct and associated astrology. Then we check in with the Indigo Girls and I come back with a reading of Tolkien’s natal chart. For reasons I explain, I use the 9 pm version, with regal Leo rising and distinctive Chiron ascending on the eastern horizon.

The rest of the program intersperses samples of The Silmarillion read by Martin Shaw [access full recording here] and my commentary about them. I relate these much earlier works to what later develops in The Lord of the Rings.

I’ll say it again here: once you have some familiarity with The Silmarillion, then The Lord of the Rings bursts into another dimension of reality. The very thing about The Lord of the Rings is how real it feels, like he’s reporting a history that actually once happened and that he somehow witnessed.

When you know something about the histories he’s describing, for example when you know what that abandoned ancient foundation once was (such as at Weathertop), the story’s ancient and interwoven nature becomes more vivid. Tolkien’s work, in total, is called the “legendarium,” a term that applies to him alone.

Anyway — tonight, if you like, you’ll meet the original goddesses and gods who gave rise to Middle Earth, you’ll meet the Noldor elves, you’ll hear the history of Morgoth, mentor to Sauron. I end with a sample of The Rings of Power and The Third Age, a concise summation of the key plot elements leading into Frodo’s journey to Mordor with the One Ring.

Here is a map of Middle Earth. Tolkien’s writing method was to plot his stories on a map.

I make reference to Akallabeth: The Downfall of Numenor. This is Tolkien’s telling of the Atlantis myth, unlike any I’ve ever heard, reaching into the heart of the spiritual rather than technical crisis in that pre-history. You can hear Akallabeth on this website we found.

Here’s the natal and progressed charts I’m using for Prof. Tolkien.

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Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky!

With love,

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8 thoughts on “Mercury Direct, J. R. R. Tolkien’s History of the World

    1. Amy Elliott

      He says something similar in that letter.

      But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people.

  1. Glen Young

    I am more of a Stan Lee admirer and the fantasy world he created. His birthday according to the Four Winds Report is Dec. 28, 1922. Then you got Nichelle Nichols and Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek; it was so sad to hear of the real life conflict stardom created between the Gemini stars: William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

      1. Eric Francis Post author

        Star Trek was visionary down to the cellular level. The mission of peace (at height of Vietnam) , the multiracial officer group, an influential black woman whose job was outreach (black is beautiful) and so on and on. The stories were all kitsch, however, the overall plot structure carried the weight of the message. And the shows always had some ethical twist. It was old fashioned pulp Sci Fi as done in a conscious age, the 1960s.

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