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As they explore the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, hosts Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese welcome readers of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and the other works in the Middle-earth legendarium to tune in as they discuss favorite passages from the books and films that started the worldwide fantasy phenomenon. Alan and Shawn engage in plenty of in-depth study of Tolkien's books, but with a healthy dose of self-effacing humor, pop-culture references, and bad puns. These are the ...
 
Exploring the Tolkien Legendarium with the Christian Faith - Join Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, Richard Rohlin and their guest co-hosts as they explore the life, works and Middle-earth legendarium of author J. R. R. Tolkien, informed by the Orthodox Christian faith.
 
Welcome to “An Unexpected Podcast: Talkin’ Tolkien”. We invite you to join us in an adventure as Ezra and Lane delve deep into Middle Earth. Each fortnight we will gather for a book re-read, show speculation, and much more! So grab your book, a highlighter, cup of coffee, and keep a pocket-handkerchief close at hand. Remember, “Not all those who wander are lost” and we intend to let our imagination wander far and wide. Speak "Friend" and ENTER!!!
 
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On episode 236, we are continuing our tour of The History of Middle-earth series as we survey The Lays of Beleriand. The Lays of Beleriand contains poetic versions of The Children of Húrin and Beren and Lúthien, as well as fragments from poetic versions of other Middle-earth tales. Join us! Links: Breton Lai ("Lay") (wikipedia) Alliterative Verse (…
 
On episode 236, we are continuing our tour of The History of Middle-earth series as we survey The Lays of Beleriand. The Lays of Beleriand contains poetic versions of The Children of Húrin and Beren and Lúthien, as well as fragments from poetic versions of other Middle-earth tales. Join us! Links: Breton Lai ("Lay") (wikipedia) Alliterative Verse (…
 
Our heroes ride up the long and winding road that leads to Théoden’s door, but first they have to get through two sets of guards. Fortunately, Gandalf’s polyglottal talents get them through the first gate into Edoras, and they’ll be allowed into Meduseld itself just as long as they check their weapons at the door… their ancient, irreplaceable, pric…
 
Today’s episode was produced by James Pierson. James can be found on titter @jpierson Citations Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings. HarperCollins, 1991. Tolkien, J. R. R. Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. New York: The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1988. Print. Part Three, Section 2 “Cirion and Eorl and the …
 
On episode 235, we are continuing our tour of The History of Middle-earth series as we survey The Book of Lost Tales II. The Book of Lost Tales II contains the earliest versions of legends including "Beren and Lúthien", "The Children of Húrin", "The Fall of Gondolin", "Eärendel", and "The Ruin of Doriath". Join us! Become a patron of The Tolkien Ro…
 
On episode 235, we are continuing our tour of The History of Middle-earth series as we survey The Book of Lost Tales II. The Book of Lost Tales II contains the earliest versions of legends including "Beren and Lúthien", "The Children of Húrin", "The Fall of Gondolin", "Eärendel", and "The Ruin of Doriath". Join us! Become a patron of The Tolkien Ro…
 
Before we return to The Lord of the Rings for the further adventures of The White Rider and Friends in Rohan, we spend some time in the common-room with listeners for another quarterly live Q&A episode! Current events with Saruman at Isengard are clearly on the minds of many, as we field questions about Ol’ Many Colors himself and the Ents who’ve u…
 
On episode 234, we continue our survey of The History of Middle-earth series, as we explore the last 6 chapters of The Book of Lost Tales I. Join us! Become a patron of The Tolkien Road. Leave a tip. For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Also, follow us on Twitter via @Tolki…
 
On episode 234, we continue our survey of The History of Middle-earth series, as we explore the last 6 chapters of The Book of Lost Tales I. Join us! Become a patron of The Tolkien Road. Leave a tip. For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Also, follow us on Twitter via @Tolki…
 
Happy Tolkien Reading Day! On March 25 every year — the date of the fall of Barad-dûr — Tolkien lovers worldwide celebrate by reading the Professor’s works. A theme is chosen by The Tolkien Society every year, and for 2021 the theme is Hope and Courage. Join us for our sixth annual celebration of this international event, as Alan and Shawn courageo…
 
What would they have done without Bilbo?! ~ We move from black squirrels to wooden barrels as we tromp into The Hobbit Chapter 9 - Barrels Out of Bond! We are excited to have you along for another adventure!!! Don't forget your pocket handkerchief ~ The Bywater Post: please send your "Tolkien Stories" to anunexpectedpod@gmail.com We will read and s…
 
On this episode, we are exploring the first 4 chapters of The Book of Lost Tales I. Join us! Become a patron of The Tolkien Road. Leave a tip. For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Also, follow us on Twitter via @TolkienRoad. This episode is executive produced by Kaitlyn of …
 
On this episode, we are exploring the first 4 chapters of The Book of Lost Tales I. Join us! Become a patron of The Tolkien Road. Leave a tip. For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Also, follow us on Twitter via @TolkienRoad. This episode is executive produced by Kaitlyn of …
 
The newly-minted Gandalf the White advises the Three Hunters to leave the Hobbits in the strong, twiggy hands of Treebeard and go to Edoras. They agree, but Legolas still wants to know how Gandalf is — y’know, not dead — launching the wizard into a brief account of his fight with Durin’s Bane, and your hosts into an epic series of sidebars about Ga…
 
On this episode, we are continuing our After The Silmarillion journey as we begin a survey of The History of Middle-earth series, beginning with The Book of Lost Tales I. Become a patron of The Tolkien Road. Leave a tip. For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Also, follow us …
 
On this episode, we are continuing our After The Silmarillion journey as we begin a survey of The History of Middle-earth series, beginning with The Book of Lost Tales I. Become a patron of The Tolkien Road. Leave a tip. For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Also, follow us …
 
The old man is revealed to be an old friend: Gandalf the (Formerly) Grey, returned beyond hope from death in battle with the Balrog of Moria. Enhanced in power and in insight, Gandalf gets caught up on the news he missed while he was out; and then offers some wisdom to his companions about Sauron, Saruman, and the power hidden in the forest. Danger…
 
Today’s episode was produced by James Pierson. James can be found on titter @jpierson Citations Forchhammer, T. (2015). On Tolkien’s Notes on “Fate and Free Will”. Retrieved 2021, from http://www.scififantasynetwork.com/on-tolkiens-notes-on-fate-and-free-will/ Tolkien, J. (2009). Notes and Documents, Fate and Free Will (C. F. Hostetter, Ed.). Tolki…
 
Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli follow the trail of the missing hobbits, gradually drawing closer to the forbidding fringes of Fangorn Forest. They find new signs that give them hope, but the Dwarf can’t forget about the mysterious old man, and the trees don’t seem to be taking too kindly to his axe. Soon the old man appears again, leading to a surprisi…
 
Steven “Yay!” Christoforou returns to the podcast to talk with Fr. Andrew about using Tolkien and other imaginative fiction in ministry, about what it means to live (and not live) in Sarumanic fashion, and how confronting monsters is at the core of the Christian life. Thrill as Steve can’t remember not to call him Sauron, Fr. Andrew badly pronounce…
 
Baaaack! Flies, Spiders, and Bombur!! ~ We move from Were-bears to black squirrels as we tromp into The Hobbit Chapter 8 - Flies and Spiders! We are excited to have you along for another adventure!!! Don't forget your pocket handkerchief ~ The Bywater Post: please send your "Tolkien Stories" to anunexpectedpod@gmail.com We will read and share those…
 
On this episode, we are continuing our After The Silmarillion series by taking a look at the contents of Unfinished Tales. Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Also, follow us on Twitter via @TolkienRoad. Th…
 
On this episode, we are continuing our After The Silmarillion series by taking a look at the contents of Unfinished Tales. Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Also, follow us on Twitter via @TolkienRoad. Th…
 
We welcome the acclaimed illustrator Ted Nasmith back to The Prancing Pony Podcast for his first full-length interview! We catch up with Ted about life, art, and everything else since we last spoke to him at Tolkien 2019, including the recent publication of the illustrated edition of Unfinished Tales and teasers about the new illustrated edition of…
 
ON THIS EPISODE, we embark on our journey through the post-Silmarillion landscape by taking a high-level look at Unfinished Tales. Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Also, follow us on Twitter via @Tolkien…
 
ON THIS EPISODE, we embark on our journey through the post-Silmarillion landscape by taking a high-level look at Unfinished Tales. Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Also, follow us on Twitter via @Tolkien…
 
Waiting for the Ents to make a decision turns out to be an exercise in patience for Merry and Pippin, until Treebeard mercifully excuses them from the proceedings. He leaves them in the company of Quickbeam: a younger, hastier Ent who’s about as hobbitish as they come (admittedly, a low bar). We get to the rocky bottom of the relationship between E…
 
On this episode, we discuss our path for the foreseeable future, including our BIG PLAN with regard to tackling the remainder of Tolkien's Middle-earth works. Join us! Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Al…
 
On this episode, we discuss our path for the foreseeable future, including our BIG PLAN with regard to tackling the remainder of Tolkien's Middle-earth works. Join us! Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.com/TolkienRoad. Al…
 
At Wellinghall, Merry and Pippin learn more about the Ents’ hope for the future (in song form!) and get some sleep — horizontally — before leaving in the morning for Entmoot under the protective bough of Treebeard. Ents soon arrive in a startling variety of shapes, sizes, and likenesses, and begin a meeting to get to the root of the Saruman problem…
 
We are joined by Dr. Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien's Modern Reading, which addresses several misconceptions about Tolkien and will give you a renewed perspective on his life and work! Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.c…
 
We are joined by Dr. Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien's Modern Reading, which addresses several misconceptions about Tolkien and will give you a renewed perspective on his life and work! Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.c…
 
After hearing Merry and Pippin’s account of their recent adventures, Treebeard starts talking (and doesn’t stop) about wizards, ecopolitics, and “the one that got away”. Unfortunately, spokesplants for Fimbrethil and the Entwives have not responded to requests for comment, and we won’t hold our breath waiting for them to. But at least now Treebeard…
 
We're joined by our friend and fellow-traveler Kaitlyn Facista of Tea with Tolkien to discuss Hobbit Parties, Silmarillion Book Clubs, Middle-earth lore, and all things Tolkien. Join us! Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.…
 
We're joined by our friend and fellow-traveler Kaitlyn Facista of Tea with Tolkien to discuss Hobbit Parties, Silmarillion Book Clubs, Middle-earth lore, and all things Tolkien. Join us! Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit TolkienRoad.com or Facebook.…
 
Fr. Anthony Cook returns to the podcast to take a deep dive with Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick into the Ainulindalë, Tolkien’s myth of how the creation is sung into being, including the origin and problem of free will and evil, as well as the making of the Tolkienian divine council. They wrap up with a new segment, looking at the Finnish epic The Kalev…
 
Merry and Pippin travel deeper into Fangorn Forest with a guided tour (really more of a picked-up-and-carried tour) provided by Treebeard. Their host may be more wooden than Alan and Shawn, but he’s both informative and entertaining, singing songs and telling stories about the forest and the Ents themselves. Soon they arrive at Wellinghall, where h…
 
On episode 226, we examine the period of Tolkien’s life from the publication of The Lord of the Rings through his death in 1973. We also discuss a listener question regarding Tom Bombadil and the Blue Wizards. Join us! Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please vi…
 
On episode 226, we examine the period of Tolkien’s life from the publication of The Lord of the Rings through his death in 1973. We also discuss a listener question regarding Tom Bombadil and the Blue Wizards. Join us! Please patronize the Tolkien Road: https://patreon.com/tolkienroad For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please vi…
 
Escaping from mortal danger into deadly peril, Merry and Pippin wander into Fangorn Forest. The place seems more strange than scary, but it’s far from welcoming; and an offhand comment by Pippin about almost liking the forest attracts the attention of the local plant life. Is the mysterious Ent all bark and no bite? Or will it tear the hobbits limb…
 
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