The fall of the angels, the fall of the Elves. Next we should learn about the fall of the Men, right? You would think—and yet, as Tolkien told Milton Waldman, in his legendarium “the first fall of Man, for reasons explained, nowhere appears.” How could Tolkien claim to be writing a mythology acceptable to “a mind that believes in the Blessed Trinity” and not address the question of Man’s fall? In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown reads the Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth (“Conversation between Finrod and Andreth”) in quest of Tolkien’s lost story of the Fall of the Hildor, the Younger Children of Ilúvatar. What story had Andreth heard that she was too wary—or embarrassed to tell?