EPISODE ARCHIVE

IMAGINARY WORLDS IS A BI-WEEKLY PODCAST HOSTED BY ERIC MOLINSKY ABOUT SCI-FI AND OTHER FANTASY GENRES -- HOW WE CREATE THEM AND WHY WE SUSPEND OUR DISBELIEF​.


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MUSIC LIST

​Masters and Students by Sono Sanctus

Gudrun by Phantom Fauna

Biome by Melodium

​Frosted Glass by Podington Bear

Imaginary Mixdown by Phantom Fauna

​Through the Woods by Sono Sanctus


J.R.R. Tolkien wanted his work to be taken seriously. But his magnum opus The Lord of the Rings was unlike most literature of the mid-20th century, which was modern. And wasn't The Hobbit a children's book? Critics mused, is this sequel supposed to be serious literature for adults? But there was a group of people who took Middle-earth very seriously and pushed this cult classic into the mainstream. Michael Drout, Gary Lachman and Ethan Gilsdorf explain how and why Tolkien became a folk hero of the counter-culture -- whether he liked it or not.   

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Episode 49: The Hobbits and The Hippies