We, and creation itself, actualize the possibilities of the God who sustains the world, towards becoming in the world in a fuller, more deeper way. - R.E. Slater

There is urgency in coming to see the world as a web of interrelated processes of which we are integral parts, so that all of our choices and actions have [consequential effects upon] the world around us. - Process Metaphysician Alfred North Whitehead

Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem says (i) all closed systems are unprovable within themselves and, that (ii) all open systems are rightly understood as incomplete. - R.E. Slater

The most true thing about you is what God has said to you in Christ, "You are My Beloved." - Tripp Fuller

The God among us is the God who refuses to be God without us, so great is God's Love. - Tripp Fuller

According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater

Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater

Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger

Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton

I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – Anon

Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII

Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest

People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – Anon

Certainly, God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater

An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater

Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann

Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner

“Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14) or, conversely, “I AM who I AM Becoming.”

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton

The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – Anon

The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah

If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – Anon

Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord

Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another, so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

To promote societal transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework which includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace. - The Earth Charter Mission Statement

Christian humanism is the belief that human freedom, individual conscience, and unencumbered rational inquiry are compatible with the practice of Christianity or even intrinsic in its doctrine. It represents a philosophical union of Christian faith and classical humanist principles. - Scott Postma

It is never wise to have a self-appointed religious institution determine a nation's moral code. The opportunities for moral compromise and failure are high; the moral codes and creeds assuredly racist, discriminatory, or subjectively and religiously defined; and the pronouncement of inhumanitarian political objectives quite predictable. - R.E. Slater

God's love must both center and define the Christian faith and all religious or human faiths seeking human and ecological balance in worlds of subtraction, harm, tragedy, and evil. - R.E. Slater

Thursday, September 15, 2022

THE RINGS OF POWER - Episode by Episode Breakdown & Interviews


Explanation of Resources
by R.E. Slater

RESOURCE 1 - VID LIBRARY
I chose video-author "Nerd of the Rings" for his full historical overviews of Tolkien's Middle-Earth which histories are viewable here.  On that link you will find a vast library of short videos explaining Tolkien's Middle-Earth.
Below, however, will be all things related to "The Rings of Power" which are not from Tolkien's pen but are speculative stories based upon Tolkien's incomplete histories of the First and Second Ages of Middle-earth.
In essence then, I have developed two indexes... one index related to Tolkien and the other index here to derivatives works from Tolkien's writings imagined in Prime Video's film series of "The Rings of Power." Enjoy.

 

RESOURCE 2 - WRITTEN LIBRARY
I have created an even fuller list of Middle-Earth articles over the past month to further assist in understanding Middle-Earth's vast fictional histories. This will include:
  • my take on Christian process philosophy and theology including relevant indexes related to that subject. Like Tolkien's writings, this is the subject matter which has captivated me to invest ten years of updating a Christianity which has become radically out-of-date with its source, Jesus, requiring its deconstruction and reconstruction on better grounds than it has had traditionally.
  • Next, there will be found a very full list of Tolkien's legendarium which I felt is related to "The Rings of Power" (Ages 1 and 2 of Middle-Earth); and finally,
  • An Index of five (5) videos discussing Tolkien's Middle-Earth from a contemporary Intersectional-Process view through a series of podcasts hosted by Homebrewed's Tripp Fuller.

 

RESOURCE 3 & 4 - THE RINGS OF POWER
  • Here, on this site today, with the help of "Nerd of the Rings" we will complete Prime Video's remake of Tolkien's Second Age of Middle-Earth, The Rings of Power week to week. as they come out. Enjoy! 

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Official Trailer | Prime Video
Jul 14, 2022
The legend begins. #TheRingsOfPower

The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth's history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness.
Beginning in a time of relative peace [beginning of Middle-Earth's Second Age], the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.


The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Official Trailer | Prime Video
Aug 23, 2022

The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth's history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness.
Beginning in a time of relative peace [beginning of Middle-Earth's Second Age], the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

Rings of Power Episode 1 BREAKDOWN
Lord of the Rings on Prime Explained
Sep 2, 2022 

Deep dive into Rings of Power Episode 1: "Shadow of the Past" !  We'll look for all the references to Tolkien's deeper lore, explain what is happening, and I'll give some thoughts along the way.

Rings of Power Episode 2 BREAKDOWN
Lord of the Rings on Prime Explained
Sep 2, 2022



Rings of Power Episode 3 BREAKDOWN
Lord of the Rings on Prime Explained
 Sep 9, 2022



Episode 4 - missing

Episode 5 - missing


Rings of Power Episode 6 BREAKDOWN
Lord of the Rings on Prime Explained
 Sep 30, 2022



The History of Mordor & Mount Doom
Tolkien Explained
Oct 1, 2022



LIVE with Tyroe Muhafidin (Theo, The Rings of Power)
Streamed live on Oct 4, 2022



Rings of Power Episode 7 WATCH PARTY
Streamed live on Oct 6, 2022



Rings of Power Episode 7 BREAKDOWN
Lord of the Rings on Prime Explained
Oct 7, 2022



Sauron the Shapeshifter
Tolkien Explained
Oct 8, 2022



LIVE with Jed Brophy, Phil Grieve, Luke Hawker,
& Robert Strange - Uruks in The Rings of Power!
Streamed live on Oct 12, 2022



Rings of Power Episode 8 Finale WATCH PARTY
Streamed live on Oct 13, 2022



Rings of Power Episode 8 FINALE BREAKDOWN
Lord of the Rings on Prime Explained
Oct 14, 2022



The Complete Travels of Celeborn
Tolkien Explained
Oct 15, 2022



LIVE with Jamie Wilson, Head of Prosthetics on The Rings of Power
Streamed live Oct 18, 2022




A Complete Video History of Middle-earth - by Nerd of the Rings





Recommended: View by "Full Playlist"
for chronological historical ordering
R.E. Slater
I chose video-author "Nerd of the Rings" for his historical overviews of Middle-Earth. Here, on this page I've tweaked the main lists to jive chronologically with Tolkien's dates. Otherwise, all sub-lists are as the video-author intended. Many thanks to his efforts and the help they may provide to traveller's journeying through Tolkien's vast lands and legends of Middle-Earth!

By Nerd of the Rings 

Sharing a passion for all things Tolkien!  On Nerd of the Rings, I'll post videos explaining characters and concepts from Middle-earth history, map the travels and events, gaming, Amazon's Rings of Power series ( #LOTRonPrime ), and more!

If you love the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion, the books, the movies, the music - any and all of Middle-earth, please subscribe and join me in this adventure.  I am honored to share this love of Tolkien with such excellent and admirable hobbits!





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TOLKIEN THEORY

In these videos, we speculate on some of the mysteries
of Middle-earth and play out some "What If" scenarios!



What if Gandalf Took the Ring? | Tolkien Theory