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VoK 717 – Rings of Power s1e5 review – The Mithril MacGuffin


Join Alix (Aiwendil), Bina007, Brett (Whiteraven), Marie (Nymeria) and Matt (Varley) as they discuss the lovely singing of the proto-hobbits (4m); the likely identity of Adar (7m); the Mithril MacGuffin (21m); and Numenor spending a whole episode deciding to go to war (30m). Spoilers for the Silmarillion.

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VoK 714 – Rings of Power s1e4 review – Daddy Issues


Join Bina007, Marie (Nymeria), Matt (Varley) and Michael (Khal Wadege) as they discuss the motives of Elrond (3m) in Moria; the identity of Adar and whether its Theo or his sword that really matter in the Southlands (11m); and how far Miriel has agency in Numenor (17m).

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VoK 711 – Rings of Power s1e3


Join Alix (Aiwendil), Bina007, Eddie (Teddard), Jock (MunroJock2), Marie (Nymeria), Matt (Varley), Michal (Inkasrain) and Michael (Khal Wadege) as they discuss the hotness of Elendil, the stubbornness of Numenorians, the impatience of Galadriel, the selective compassion of Harfoots and the stupidity of Elf-cops. Spoilers for the Tolkienverse abound.

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VoK 707 – Rings of Power s1e1/2 – Can you hear the drums, Palando?


Join Amber(rocks), Bina007, Brett (White raven), Casey (Blue Eyed Queen), Eddie (Teddard), Greg (Claudius The Fool), Matt (Varley), Michal (Inkasrain) and Michael (Khal Wadege) as they discuss the first two episodes of Amazon’s new Rings of Power. Spoilers for all of Tolkien’s published works and adaptations thereof.

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VoK 677: Creature Chat – Ghosts


Is this the night the hand comes out?

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Matt/Varley
Kat/kitkathistory24601
Adam/drownedsnow
Michal/inkasrain
Zander/TheLordBaron
Jock/munrojock2

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VoK 672: Creature Chat – Zombies



Just a Saturday morning chat about walking corpses.

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Abby/Daceymormont
Zach/Alias
Matt/Varley
Duncan/Valkyrist
Kat/kitkathistory24601

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VoK 655: Creature Chat – Werewolves



Absolute lunacy erupts as the Vassals come face to face with werewolves! Is the beauty of this beast more than skin-deep? Topics include the history of werewolf tales, possible inspirations, shapeshifters around the world, and general human-canine relations.

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Abby/daceymormont
Adam/drownedsnow
Matt/Varley
Kit/kgcanary
Jock/munrojock2

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VoK 650: LOTR Reread – Fellowship Part 4


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In this episode of the new reread of The Lord of the Rings, join Vassals Marie (Nymeria), Alix (Aiwendil), Zach (Alias), Matt (Varley) and Adam (drownedsnow) for chapters 6 through 10 of the Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2. We journey through Lothlorien and to the falls of Rauros, with many tangent discussions on Lembas, cherry tomatoes, and fantasy along the way.


Credits:
Edited by Marie

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VoK 647: Creature Chat — Vampires


Creature chat discusses vampires!

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Zander/The Lord Baron
Sara/DrBlood
Jock/munrojock2
Abby/daceymormont
Matt/Varley
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Content Warning: This episode contains discussion and descriptions of sex and sexuality, bodily fluids, decaying corpses, murder, torture, animal distress, and very bad vampire impressions.

Credits:
Edited by Shellfish

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VoK 642: A GameShow of Thrones #3 (VOKathon Edition)



During their 24-hour VOKathon, the Vassals face off in another thrilling round of A Song of Ice and Fire trivia. Join quizmaster Duncan (Valkyrist), scorekeeper Matt (Varley), reigning champion Michal (inkasrain), and challengers Abdullah (Quaith from Asshai), Peter (Shellfish), Abby (DaceyMormont), Sara (DrBlood), Zach (Alias), Ben (King Jucio), Matt (mattdaze13), Michael (Khal Wadege) David (davidhhh), Hannah (thewingedshadow), Patrick (TheTall), and Kevin (nuncle kevin).

Who will claim the crown? Who will spit the dummy? There’s only one way to find out!

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 637: Bridgerton (Season 1)


Review of Season 1 of Bridgerton, a show watched in over 82 million households worldwide.

Hosts: Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Bina (Bina007), Marie (Nymeria), Hannah (shadow_ baby), Matt (Varley)

Credits:
Edited by Glen.

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VoK 621: Indian Matchmaking (Netflix)


Hey, you single? Join Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Tanja (Scilens), and Matt (Varley) as we discuss Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking, the reality dating sensation that’s sweeping several nations. Who’s our favorite match candidate? Why do people get married anyway? Would we go to a face reader? What’s up with the molecular gastronomy? And will Vyasar hang out with us, pleeeeease?

In the aftershow, we’re joined by Bina007 to go in-depth on her take on the series, as well as Indian culture, diaspora, and the role that matchmaking plays in Indian life around the world.

Credits:
Edited by Michal (inkasrain)

Music: Marrakesh Market by Parry Music 
(We note that Marrakesh is in Morocco, not India, but this music was used in the show and it slaps.)

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VoK 619: The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 12 – Order of the Phoenix Start)


The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to start the fifth book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix. Join Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), Zander (The Lord Baron), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 1-6.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Loved Ones and Leaving by Nicholas Hooper 

Reclaiming Magic: ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Advocate for Trans Rights
‘Harry Potter’ Helped Me Come Out as Trans, But J.K. Rowling Disappointed Me
Opinion: Harry Potter’s Magic Fades When His Creator Tweets
Combatting Transphobia from a Clinical Psychology Perspective with Oak Reed

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VoK 617 – Return of the King Extended Edition Fan Rewatch Part 2


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The Vassals finally head Into The West with the final part of their Return of the King Extended Edition rewatch. This part begins at the Muster of Rohan, 1hr49m into the film. Learn how the movie did Gandalf and Faramir AND Aragorn dirty, but that the absence of the Scouring of the Shire isn’t actually a problem.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Matt/Varley, Marie/Nymeria, Alias/Zach and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VoK 616 – Return Of The King Extended Edition Fan Rewatch Part 1


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The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Join the Vassals on their rewatch of the Extended Edition of The Return of the King. As the film is so long, they watch the pre-amble to the final battle, and leave as Gimli enters the Paths of the Dead (to the end of scene 33) and just before The Muster of Rohan.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Nadia, Matt/Varley, Alias/Zach and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VOK 614: Two Towers EE Fan Watch


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Following on from our LOTR AltHistory discussion, the ReRead crew get together to watch the Extended Edition of The Two Towers. They ramble chat and occasionally offer insights into why Faramir is dreamy.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Nadia, Matt/Varley, Marie/Nymeria, MunroJock2 and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VOK 613: The Fellowship Of The Ring Fan Watch


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Following on from our LOTR AltHistory discussion, the ReRead crew get together to watch the Extended Edition of Fellowship of the Ring. They ramble chat and occasionally offer insights on why Boromir is the most under-rated character in LOTR.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Nadia, Matt/Varley, Paul/Ser Dinner Roll and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VoK 609: Remember Cedric Diggory? aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 11)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to pick up the fourth and final part of The Goblet of Fire. Join Jock (munrojock2), Matt (Varley), Saad (saad164), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 31-37 and complete the book.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Harry in Winter by Patrick Doyle

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VoK 608: A GameShow of Thrones #2 (ASOIAF Trivia)



What started out as a wholesome round of A Song of Ice and Fire trivia, quickly descends into drunken, isolation-induced mayhem. Vassals Michal (inkasrain), Matt (Varley), Adam (drownedsnow), Hannah (shadow_ baby), David (davidhhh), and Abby (Daceymormont) duke it out for supremacy. Listen at your own peril! 😜

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 606: The Plot Against America (HBO miniseries)


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The Nerdywells discuss Philip Roth’s 2004 alt-history novel and the recent HBO series based on it. Spoilers for both within.

Topics:
Lindbergh baby ratings
10 mins in – the romantic idealism of Herman Levin and the tragic cynicism of Alvin Levin
27 mins in – the strength of Bess Levin and vacuity of Evelyn Finkel
36 mins in – Interlude: what really happened at the end?
46 mins in – the assimilationist politics of Rabbi Bengelsdorf
58 mins in – Sandy, Philip, Seldon and Alt history as a genre
1 hr 11 mins in – the ending again! Seriously if any of you can explain this to us please write in.

Hosts: Bina007, Matt/Varley, Greg/ClaudiusTheFool, Adam/DrownedSnow, Abby/DarceyMormont and Jock/MunroJock2.

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