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Friday, December 20, 2019

Medieval History 101: Episode XII

Dr. Rachel Fulton Brown presents the Unauthorized community with a Christmas present that is also a harbinger of things to come next spring.

Once upon a time, the people of England had a mythology rich in symbolism and metaphor pointing to the ultimate truth. There was one story in particular which captured the imagination of poets, the story of a star that entered into time and lifted the people of the world out of darkness. The star’s name was Earendel—but what did his name mean? Who among men was so wise that he could unravel the riddle and make clear the mystery? J.R.R. Tolkien believed he knew! O come, O come, and learn the story of the star!

The episode guide is here.

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14 Comments:

Blogger Lazarus December 20, 2019 1:17 PM  

She's back!

Good

Blogger nbfdmd December 20, 2019 2:34 PM  

Something I've noticed: if the "star" is personified as a male, it's ultimately a allegory for Jesus and being put out there by the Good Guys. If the "star" is female, it's the Jews up to their usual tricks.

Blogger Silent Draco December 20, 2019 2:53 PM  

Day shall come again!

Blogger Critias December 20, 2019 6:45 PM  

Awesome, this is great stuff. Thanks for everything! And Merry Christmas Dr. Brown.

Blogger Sargent.matrim December 20, 2019 7:34 PM  

Awesome.

Blogger damaris.tighe December 20, 2019 10:35 PM  

Fantastic ! We missed Fencing Bear.

Blogger The CronoLink December 20, 2019 11:32 PM  

Beautiful. Thank you, Vox and Dr. Fulton.

Blogger wreckage December 21, 2019 12:51 AM  

Always educational, great to have her back.

Blogger wreckage December 21, 2019 12:58 AM  

Hearing that passage from Tolkien read.... Tolkien if anything is UNDER rated.

Blogger Johnny B December 21, 2019 8:10 AM  

Thank you Dr. I'm looking forward to it.

Blogger Section 8A December 21, 2019 8:18 AM  

I'll be watching that with a glass of wine.

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira December 21, 2019 9:15 AM  

I'm really enjoying her video lectures.

Blogger Silent Draco December 21, 2019 5:18 PM  

Wonderful video, and I need to watch again. There's a more telling use of the Phial that was not read, a few pages later. Frodo's faith flared up and made Shelob turn in doubt and fear. Sam's faith in the True and Good and love for his master called the power of the Silmaril like a nova to that dread pass, and the wounded spider fled in mortal terror.

" ... Faith, Hope, and Love, and the greatest of these is Love."

Blogger Angela December 22, 2019 2:59 PM  

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I can't express just how much I appreciate having access to Fulton Brown at UATV.

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