Would you be delighted or horrified to learn that your favorite passage or character or scene in The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings could be traced to a modern novel you had never heard of? In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown reviews Holly Ordway’s Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages (Word on Fire, 2021) to test the flavor of Tolkien’s story-soup. We read from fairy tales (The Yellow Fairy Book), historical romance (John Inglesant), science fiction (Out of the Silent Planet), and adventure stories (She) to test our ability to study Tolkien’s story-tower without knocking it down. Spoiler alert! Your favorite characters may not be who you thought!