1600 and counting

You’ve seen what’s happening at YouTube. You’ve seen BitChute get taken down. As of this morning, UATV now features 1,600 videos and 1,653 hours of original audio/video entertainment and education on its own entirely independent platform. We’re also in the process of adding a new set of servers and increasing our maximum bandwidth by 400 percent. If you haven’t subscribed yet, what is stopping you? We’re only 500 subscribers away from an important milestone, so perhaps consider giving a subscription to someone for Christmas and help us hit our goal by the new year.

In other development news, the first three volumes of the Junior Classics will be shipping before Christmas, most likely this month. We’d hoped to get them out in October, but that didn’t work out. We will send out the digital versions of those three volumes at the same time the hardcovers ship, but not the leather versions. The leather will ship as a 10-volume set when all ten volumes are ready next year. At the same time they are shipped to the campaign backers, the first three volumes will be made available for sale through our usual book-selling channels.

I also would be remiss if I failed to mention that Razorfist’s new book, The Long Moonlight, is now available in paperback and hardcover at Amazon, and in audiobook+ at Arkhaven. Ignore the out-of-print message on the paperback, as that merely indicates that the title was in revision at the printers. And for Castalia subscribers, the November book will be Corrosion by Johan Kalsi.

On the comics front, we are holding off on sending out new publications until our new platform is ready for release, at which point we plan to drop a near-tsunami of content on everyone. The reason we are doing so will become obvious in retrospect, but rest assured that production continues apace. In not-unrelated news, we recently acquired the arkhaven.com domain. And finally, Rebel’s Run is going well, the script is complete, the core production team is in place, and we even have a possible candidate for Rebel.


Through A Glass Darkly

 

Episode 15 of The Forge of Tolkien, THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, is now live on #UATV.

Tolkien insisted in his letter to Milton Waldman that there was no “Magic” as such in The Lord of the Rings, at least not “magic” associated with the Elves. Elvish “magic” was rather “Art” “delivered from many of its human limitations,” while the devices of the Enemy were better labeled “Machines,” especially in their use for dominating others’ wills. And yet, of the “magical” devices that appear in The Lord of the Rings, the most powerful—with the exception of the One Ring—were made by Elves, most particularly the Palantiri or Seeing Stones through which Sauron projected his Eye. 

In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown explores the tension between “Magic” and “Machines” as a problem for Christians in their use of similar devices from the Renaissance to the present day. Why did Galadriel invite Frodo and Sam to look into her Mirror if she knew what it showed could be dangerous if acted upon? What did Pippin see when he looked into the Palantir of Orthanc—and why did he scream?

New videos from Wranglerstar, The Legend Chuck Dixon, and RAZÖRFIST are also live.


The Ent in the Moon

 

The Forge of Tolkien Episode 14, THE ENT IN THE MOON, is now live on #UATV.

Tolkien insisted that he did not consciously invent many of the details in his stories, including most famously the Ents. These characters, he insisted, were compounded of “philology, literature, and life,” drawing on particular words from Old English, stories like Shakespeare, and the actual differences between “male” and “female” attitudes towards gardening. In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown explores the roots of the Ents in the Old English poem “The Ruin,” Tolkien’s work for the Oxford English Dictionary on words beginning with “w,” the Green Knight in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and the song Frodo sang at the Prancing Pony—and its “Mannish” predecessor about the Man in the Moon. What do giants have to do with towers and the “stain” on the Moon? It is all part of the mystery of “asterisk reality” and the love of Logos. 


Ichor and Potatoes

 

Episode 13 of The Forge of Tolkien, ICHOR AND POTATOES, is now live on #UATV.

After chanting his verses about Eärendel the Mariner in the Hall of Elrond at Rivendell, Bilbo challenged the Elves to determine which bits he had written and which were written by Aragorn. The question was a trick, as Aragorn only added a bit about a “green stone”, but it was also serious: why should the Elves be able to tell the difference in poetic style between a Hobbit and a Man? 

In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown explores Tolkien’s use of poetic style as a way into the problem of writing fantasy. Drawing on Ursula K. LeGuin’s advice to aspiring fantasists, she considers the importance of speech in the act of imaginative creation and how style is critical to the composition of Christian literature. Which is better when writing fantasy: ichor or potatoes? A style reaching for the sublime, or a style willing to humble itself even unto Hobbits? 


This is why UATV is necessary

 In case you still haven’t subscribed to Unauthorized because YouTube content is free:

YouTube has scrubbed many popular “QAnon” and independent news channels from its platform after announcing new rules that prohibit what it deems to be “harmful conspiracy theories.” The channels collectively had millions of subscribers and some of the many channels that were removed during this purge include:

  • X22 Report (952,000 subscribers)
  • SGTreport (630,000 subscribers)
  • Edge of Wonder (467,000 subscribers)
  • Praying Medic (391,000 subscribers)
  • And We Know (385,000 subscribers)
  • Amazing Polly (375,000 subscribers)
  • Joe M (367,000 subscribers)
  • Dollar Vigilante (304,000 subscribers)
  • Mouthy Buddha (296,000 subscribers)
  • JustInformed Talk (281,000 subscribers)
  • RedPill78 (269,000 subscribers)
  • The Patriot Hour (248,000 subscribers)
  • In Pursuit of Truth (242,000 subscribers)
  • Destroying the Illusion (238,000 subscribers)
  • TRUreporting (215,000 subscribers)
  • Alice Down The RabbitHole (174,000 subscribers)
  • Spaceshot76 (159,000 subscribers)
  • World Alternative Media (154,000 subscribers)
  • McAllisterTV (127,000 subscribers)
  • Sarah Westall (125,000 subscribers)
  • Radio-Québec (120,000 subscribers)
  • Truth and Art TV (113,000 subscribers)
  • Dustin Nemos (113,000 subscribers)
  • Blessed To Teach (109,000 subscribers)
  • Woke Societies (108,000 subscribers)
  • Stroppy Me (83,400 subscribers)
  • Patriots’ Soapbox News Network (80,000 subscribers)
  • Angel Wallace (63,000 subscribers)
  • Titus Frost (44,400 subscribers)

YouTube claims that it’s introducing this new policy to remove conspiracy content that’s “used to justify real-world-violence” – a claim that’s similar to those used by several other tech giants when justifying their arbitrary QAnon bans. For example, Facebook framed its QAnon ban as a crackdown on “potential violence.”

Under YouTube’s new policy, content that “targets an individual or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify real-world violence” are banned. Of course, YouTube doesn’t explain how it determines when a conspiracy theory is being used to justify real-world violence.

Subscribing to a free channel under SJW control is not going to accomplish anything. Supporting a channel that is providing a save haven to creators who are unauthorized by the thought police will.


A Taste for Tongues

 

Episode 12 of The Forge of Tolkien, A TASTE FOR TONGUES, is now live on #UATV.

What flavor is English? Is it the same as Welsh? What does it mean to love many different languages, and yet to have a “native” language that is different from one’s mother tongue? Can Elves tell the difference between Man and Hobbit? Can Hobbits understand Elvish even if they don’t know the words? In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown explores Tolkien’s theorizing about language as something we are born with and yet learn; something that has flavor as well as sense, that might come in dreams as well as with our blood, and yet is at once personal and inherited. We meet Alwin Arundel Lowdham and his linguistic “ghosts.” And we learn the difference between Avallonian and Adunaic—and how to say “gods” in both. 

In other Unauthorized news, if you’re interested in understanding why you should ignore the polls and reviewing the non-poll evidence that a Trumpslide is in the making, check out 654 DEMORALIZATION SEASON and 655 THE EVIDENCE THAT TRUMP IS WINNING on The Darkstream.


Norman Castles

Episode 11 of The Forge of Tolkien is now live on Unauthorized.

Tolkien famously insisted in the Foreword to the Second Edition of The Lord of the Rings that, “in the intention of the author,” the story had no “inner meaning or ‘message’… It is neither allegorical nor topical.” Rather, Tolkien said, he had always preferred “history, real or feigned”—without explaining which he thought he was writing in the story of the Ring.

In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown tackles the puzzle of what Tolkien meant by history and its relationship to myth through a close reading of Night 64 of The Notion Club Papers. We meet the barber Norman Keeps and his stories about the Dark Ages, compare the barber’s version of English history to the history everyone remembers in W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman’s 1066 and All That (1930), and look out with Lancelot and Guenever on Arthur’s Merry England in T.H. White’s The Once and Future King (1939-1958). Was Tolkien simply crafting an elaborate joke claiming that he was writing history—or did he have a more serious purpose in interweaving the mythical with the historical?


Falling Wide Asleep

 Episode 10 of The Forge of Tolkien, FALLING WIDE ASLEEP, is now available on #UATV.

What did Frodo mean when he said that returning to the Shire at the end of the hobbits’ journey through Middle-earth felt “like falling asleep again”? What kind of journey had the hobbits been on? In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown reads Night 61 of The Notion Club Papers, following Ramer as he describes his experiments with time-travel—and dreams. Ramer’s exercises are shown to have a curious similarity with T.S. Eliot’s invocation of time in Burnt Norton (1936):

Time present and time past

Are both perhaps present in time future.

Thereby raising the question of what Eliot and Tolkien had been reading about the nature of time. As a bonus, we learn what meteorites remember—and why it is dangerous to dream-journey without a guardian.

In other Unauthorized news, the first exclusive episode of The RazörForce Offensive, podcast is now live and available for listening or download to UATV subscribers.



A Deeper Delve

 

The Forge of Tolkien episode 9, A DEEPER DELVE, is now available on Unauthorized.

Are you the kind of Tolkien fan who reads the Appendices in The Lord of the Rings and is still hungry for more? What if you had Appendices for Tolkien’s life? In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown takes a tour through Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond’s 3-volume J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (2017), delving deep into the Chronology, the Genealogies, Bibliographies, and Guide. What is the difference between trivia and knowledge? How does knowing what Tolkien did on 7 September 1955 help us understand his creative work? And what does “Ae Adar Nín” mean in Sindarin?