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VoK 265: The World of Ice and Fire – Talking Targaryens (Part 2)


Welcome back to a Podcast that is never Late, but arrives exactly when it means to. The unintentionally annual Targaryen Cast will this time cover the the willfully negligent Viserys to the willfully stupid Daeron.

Viserys 2:25
Aegon 24:43
Aegon 3rd 41:48
Daeron 1:01:25
Total Length 1:24:21

Warning! There are a spoiler to A Dance of Dragons in the First few seconds, so if you haven’t read the book then just start listening 35 seconds in.

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VoK 240: Varley’s Plea aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 5)


In the fifth part of the Linear Game of Thrones Re-read, the Vassals discuss feedback on the previous episode and finish up August 298, covering Jon 3 (12m), Tyrion 3 (28m), Arya 2 (40m), Bran 4 (56m). The aftershow starts at 1hr 15m.

For the listener playing along at home, the next instalment will cover the chapters in September 298 – Ned 5, Jon 4, Cat 5, Tyrion 4 and Ned 6.

This episode discusses the books in spoiler-y detail but doesn’t give spoilers from the show.

Picture credit: HBO’s Game of Thrones. Music credit: The Presidents of the United States of America.

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VoK 212: Comic Book Club (Vol.4): Fables (by Bill Willingham)


The fourth meeting of The Secret Book Club discusses the comic Fables, written by Bill Willingham published by Vertigo Comics.
Please join the Hosts (Scott, Thomas, Greg, Shane, and Jo) as we discuss the wonderful world of Fables which includes explaining why the world works (Hint its magic), why Snow White is so dumb, and the merits of interspecies sex.

Edited by: Skywaltzer
Image: Snow White and Bibgy by Mark Buckingham
Aftershow: “Magic” written by William Lyall and David Paton. Performed by Pilot.
After After Show: “Magic” written by B.o.B, Rivers Cuomo, and Dr. Luke. Performed by B.o.B. Ft Rivers Cuomo

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VoK 188: The World of Ice and Fire – Talking Targaryens (Part 1)

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The Vassals meet in the Aegonfort to make sure you pass your Targaryen history test and discuss – at extreme length and enormous detail – the Conquest of Westeros and the reign of the first four Targaryen kings. Roman emperors, Viking history, and the Olsen family are also discussed, to varying degrees of elucidation.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

2:50 – Aegon the Conqueror
53:00 – Aenys (the Annoying)
1:06:08 – Maegor the Cruel
1:30:00 – Jaehaerys the Conciliator

This podcast is part of series of in-depth discussions covering all of the various sections of The World of Ice and Fire (by George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia & Linda Antonsson). Stay tuned to VOK for lots more installments!

Edited by inkasrain

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VoK 62: LOTR ReRead (Part 4) – The Journey into Mordor


Join our Fellowship of Vassals as they Journey Into Mordor, and discover that the much-dreaded Book Four of Lord of the Rings has more to it than just ‘more walking’.  Not least, many spoilers for all of Tolkien’s oeuvre.


  1. 02:45 Shellfish aka Peter describes The Taming of Smeagol, and his deep and abiding fascination for Elvish rope.
  2. 12:45 JoThirteen aka Joanna taks us through The Dead Marshes, and asks what exactly the magicks are that are preserving the bodies.
  3. 19:20 EastTexasDirewolf aka Shane leads us to The Black Gate, in which  we debate whether the black gate is, in fact, just a big gate.
  4. 28:40 Middlecylones aka Amanda speaks Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit in which we discuss  the coolness of armoured elephants.
  5. 45:30 Bina007 gasps in awe at Faramir in The Window On the West, and gets excited about how the Dalai Lama could use the Ring to take over India.
  6. 57:50 Teddard aka Eddie watches over The Forbidden Pool and asks if Frodo was a victim of creaking doors.
  7. 1:01:30 WhiteRaven aka Brett takes a Journey To The Crossroads, in which there are some cool staves and a Venn diagram of doucheyness.
  8. 1:04:45 Nadia leads us into Cirith Ungol and Shelob’s Lair where we discuss Orc technology, Beren and Luthien and whether Frodo is Lord of the Rings.
  9. 1:19:00 Shellfish aka Peter describes the Choices of Master Samwise, as Frodo continues his habit of being stabbed by new and exotic things, this time off-screen, and Shelob Occupies Wall Street
  10. 1:30:00 Outro.


Editing credits: Bina007 using music from the original soundtrack to The Two Towers composed by Howard Shore.

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VoK 60: LOTR ReRead (Part 3) – The Treason of Isengard


The ongoing quest to re-read Tolkien’s fantasy classic continues as the Fellowship of Vassals tackles Book Three of Lord of the Rings aka The Treason of Isengard.

In this  third episode, Nadia, Eiffel aka Matt, Shellfish aka Peter, Amanda aka MiddleCyclones,  Joanna aka JoThirteen, Brett aka Whiteraven and Bina007 enumerate their love for all things Rohan!

Beware of Spoilers: This podcast discusses Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and the Silmarillion in detail.

00:00 Introduction to the Fellowship and Bina’s geeky key stats.

05:00 JoThirteen leads a discussion on Chapter One – The Departure of Boromir – Should this chapter have been in the previous book? How were orcs and trolls made? Why does Aragorn keep Boromir’s betrayal secret?

13:00 Eiffel leads a discussion of Chapters Two and Five – The Riders of Rohan and The White Rider – Is Saruman deliberately trying to look like Gandalf? How come Gimli is happy to ‘ride bitch’? Is Aragorn every funny? Does Gandalf know about the Entmoot? Is it weird that Saruman is abroad before battle?

49:00 Whiteraven leads a discussion of Chapters Three and Four – The Uruk-Hai and Treebeard – is cutting off a hand harder than swinging a sword? Poor Orcs! Did the movie misrepresent Ents?  What happened to the Entwives?

1:05:00 MiddleCyclones leads a discussion of Chapter Six – The King In The Golden Hall – in which we express our Hama-love for seemingly hours; Theoden compared to Mufasa and/or the Arthurian Fisher-King;  why do they let Wormtongue go?

1:22:00 Nadia leads a discussion of Chapter Seven – Helm’s Deep – Do the movies rob Treebeard and Theoden of their agency? The Elves show up! Erkenbrand doesn’t! The absurdity of Aragorn parlaying with the Orcs!

1:45:00 Bina007 leads a discussion of Chapters Eight and Nine – The Road to Isengard and Flotsam and Jetsam – On the new no-nonsense Gandalf the White and the importance of chilling out.

1:54:00 Shellfish leads a discussion of Chapter Ten – The Voice of Saruman and Chapter Eleven – The Palantir – what is the nature of Saruman’s power? Would Theoden have fallen?  How Theoden has all the best lines. Does Saruman know Gandalf has the Ring? Was Saruman always bad? Is it credible that Gandalf doesn’t know about the Palantir?

Edited by Bina007 using extracts of music from the official soundtrack to The Two Towers composed by Howard Shore.

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