Tea with Tolkien
By Kaitlyn Facista
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Join us for a cup of tea as we grow together in Hobbitness and Holiness, inspired by the faith and philosophy of JRR Tolkien.
||CleanEpisode 7: Squad Goals, Friendship in Middle-Earth||In which we chat about friendship within The Lord of the Rings & ways we can ourselves be better friends.||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Love Mingled with Grief||Sorrow and Joy, Grief and Love||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Concerning Conversion (Feat. Alex Facista)||A chat about conversion stories -- both Mabel Tolkien's and our own!||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Ways to be more of a Hobbit at Heart in the new year (plus, a giveaway!)||A few excerpts from Concerning HobbitsHobbits “love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favorite haunt.” “As for the Hobbits of the Shire, with whom these tales are concerned, in the days of their peace and prosperity they were a merry folk. They dressed in bright colours, being notably fond of yellow and green…” “Their faces were as a rule good-natured rather than beautiful, broad, bright-eyed, red-cheeked, with mouths apt to laughter, and to eating and drinking. And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them). They were hospitable and delighted in parties, and in presents, which they gave away freely and eagerly accepted.” “They were, if it came to it, difficult to daunt or to kill; and they were perhaps, so unwearyingly fond of good things not least because they could, when put to it, do without them, and could survive rough handling by grief, foe, or weather in a way that astonished those who did not know them well and looked no further than their bellies and their well-fed faces…”“The Shire at this time had hardly any ‘government’. Families for the most part managed their own affairs. Growing food and eating it occupied most of their time. In other matters they were, as a rule, generous and not greedy, but contented and moderate, so that estates, farms, workshops, and small trades tended to remain unchanged for generations.” “There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - The HobbitWays to Be More of a Hobbit at Heart in the New YearSpend more time outside Next time it’s nice outside, grab a book and read a little Go for a hike or walk along a trail Have a picnic! Take some breaks from the internet Consider starting a garden, it can be small if you’re just starting out Less fast food, more home cooking The Shire Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel Be intentional about being hospitable, make a point of inviting others into your home Give gifts as often and as generously as you are able Spend time in fellowship with others Host at least one party this year Maybe this year you’ll learn how to brew beer Maybe smoke a little pipe tobacco with friends Look for opportunities to humble yourself Let your Yes mean Yes and No mean No Frodo didn’t accept the task of carrying the Ring halfheartedly, once he said yes he stayed committed as long as he could Become a better friend. Everyone needs a Samwise. Be intentional about becoming a better friend to someone who needs one this year. Eat more Second Breakfast. Sit beside the fire and just think every so often, ponder things Read and write poetry Host a Hobbit Party! Every September 22 we host a party in celebration of Frodo and Bibo’s birthdays, you should too. I have tons of ideas here. Favorite Tweets (see the whole thread here)Zegg Noggenour @zgochenour: (go-ken-hour) The heart of the hobbit lifestyle is hospitality. One of my favorite hobbit practices is giving gifts on your birthday. hannah 🎄 @hanmariams -staycations are good-give yourself an afternoon break for tea-learn how to garden or at least keep a plant alive from Trader Joe’s-disappear from birthday parties in dramatic fashion Robert the Nobody @Robert_in_MN -Be content with where you are but don't turn down a grand adventure if it's presented to you. -Wear more bright colours-Take time to contemplate, preferably with a pipe or tea-Eat six small meals throughout the day-Be proud of who you are and where you come from Nick Senz @NickSenz Get to know and fall in||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: December 25, The Ring Goes South||The significance of December 25th in Tolkien's world||12/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: An Unexpected Book List||Kaitlyn shares her favorite books by Tolkien and concerning Tolkien||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: A Long-Expected Podcast||Getting to the heart of my hopes for Tea with Tolkien & why I want to encourage you to read more Tolkien.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0: Chatting with Lily||Thank you so much for listening to our first little test episode, where I’m joined by my daughters Lily and Marigold. In this episode, we chat about why hobbits have hair on their feet, why Gollum is so scary, and what it’s like to be a hobbit kid. Listen to the very end to hear Marigold saying mama. I hope you like this tiny test episode and I can’t wait to share more (real) podcasts with all of you soon. :)||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This is absolutely delightful, I cannot wait to hear more about Tolkien and Faith, though I will occasional drink Coffee and not Tea while listening.
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Adorable first episode! ☺️ can’t wait to hear what you have in store.
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