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The Prancing Pony Podcast is a weekly show about the Middle-earth legendarium of J.R.R. Tolkien, hosted - for six seasons - by Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese. As the show returns for its seventh season, Alan welcomes an all-star cast of co-hosts to join him as he explores the first part of The Return of the King! Alan and all his co-hosts are passionate Tolkien enthusiasts, and they invite listeners to enjoy their detailed exploration of Tolkien’s work, with smart but straightforward discu ...
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The Adventures of Sir Rodney the Root is a new fantasy audio-comedy about the misadventures of a knight named Gilbert just trying to do the right thing. Unfortunately, he's been saddled with a rag-tag group of companions: a fabulous elf mage, an ambitious human princess, a sassy dwarf thief, a bizarre human child, a stoner unicorn... and a root named Sir Rodney. Will they complete their convoluted fetch-quest and restore Rodney to human form? Or will they end up in way more trouble than they ...
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After a failed suicide attempt, Calvin, a hilariously eccentric, mentally unstable, and incredibly violent quantum physicist awakens to find himself in a fantasy world complete with trolls, elves, dwarves, and other stupid fantasy creatures. Unwittingly, our hero (if you can dare call him that) is thrown in the middle of an international conspiracy involving a tyrannical elf queen and a ploy to turn the global gold standard to her favor. However, Calvin's ever swinging mood and severe manic ...
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HEMA stands for Historical European Martial Arts and is an activity practiced by thousands across the country and around the world. The HEMA-Cast is a podcast focused on the topics and events important to the HEMA community. By going to events and interviewing members of HEMA, we get to exchange ideas and get to know the HEMA community at large.
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Since 2018, the Tolkien Experience Project has been collecting stories from Tolkien scholars and fans around the world. Now, we have partnered with The Prancing Pony Podcast and Dr. Sara Brown to create the Tolkien Experience Podcast — an attempt to bring the fan and scholarly communities together around our shared passion: the works of J.R.R. Tolkien! Each episode, Luke and Sara ask a notable scholar or member of the fan community to share their responses to the original Tolkien Experience ...
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An Actual Play podcast using The One Ring 2e tabletop roleplaying game and exploring the realms of Middle-Earth. Spanning the time between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, a small company of heroes discover the ancient kingdom of Angmar is waking once more. The company studies ancient ruins, fights bands of orcs and evil men, and tries to stir the powers of Eriador to action. The Waking of Angmar is a production of Adventures in Lollygagging.
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The Movie Multiverse follows, analyzes and discusses the growing number of shared movie universes based on comic book superhero properties and beyond. Subscribe to hear reviews and the latest news about universes such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Cinematic Universe, the Fox Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Sony Spidey-verse, the Star Wars Universe and many more!
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An Actual Play podcast using the Call of Cthulhu tabletop roleplaying game, running through the classic campaign Horror on the Orient Express. In 1923, as ancient evils threaten to resurface, a group of investigators race across Europe in the renowned and luxurious train. Lollygagging on the Orient Express is a production of Adventures in Lollygagging.
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On this evidence-driven debate show, panelists argue controversial theories behind hit songs—from rap to rock to showtunes—exploring three grand themes that weave through all of pop music: Heroin, Buttsex, and Lord of the Rings.But what is “Eye of the Tiger” ACTUALLY about?For that matter, what is Sade’s 1985 hit “Sweetest Taboo” really about? -- Heroin? Buttsex? Either seems credible. Perhaps it’s written from the perspective of the wizard Saruman, exulting in the power gained from his secr ...
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Matt and Katie continue their discussion on The Marvels on and discuss our fascination with villains on this episode. You'll also get to hear our facebook community share who their favorite villains are and why. Matt and Katie read from the Offical DCU Encyclopedia and try to guess if less known heroes are heroes or villains.…
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The Realm of Sauron is ended, and the realm of Sara has begun. Join The Man of the West as he welcomes back Dr. Sara Brown as we visit the vulcanology lab once more in our first episode on The Field of Cormallen. Sam won’t let Frodo quit just yet, The Host of the West prepares for their imminent demise, and the Eagles play one more show at the Mora…
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On this episode of the show, we share our thought on the latest MCU movie the Marvels. We also share some of your responses to the question of what makes a great hero. Chat GPT makes into and even ranks the conversation. We share some ways we can all be heros and even dig into an official Marvel character guide to discover some unsung heroes who wi…
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Mount Doom threatens to burn the land and boil the sea; Matt threatens more “where there’s a whip” references. Join us as we’re joined by Tom Hillman to talk about his book Pity, Power, and Tolkien’s Ring just in time for said ring to be destroyed in our final episode on the chapter Mount Doom. Sam finally feels pity for Gollum, the Phial of Galadr…
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We had the priviledge of recording this live episode of the podcast at Edge Church in January of 2024! The episode kicks off our series about heroes! We talk about Marvel, DC, Superpowers, Superheroes and we pay special attention to Captain America. We had fun playing "would you rather" with audience members and interacting with everyone.…
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Frodo understands that when you can’t crawl, you find someone to carry you; Matt understands that when you can’t get a reference, you find someone to explain it to you. Join us as we offer a brief lesson on vulcanology in our third episode on the chapter Mount Doom. Frodo crawls towards a road, Sam wonders how it got there, and an old friend drops …
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Sam naively offers to ‘share the load’ with Frodo, while Matt naively offers to do a few more episodes of the podcast. Join us as Sam goes full Marie Kondo for the last steps of their journey in the chapter Mount Doom. We remember the Host of the West, Sam remembers the oliphaunt, while Frodo is naked in the dark, unable to remember much of anythin…
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Sam decides to trust to luck again, while Alan and Matt decide to back the Gríshnakh-Uglúk 2024 ticket. Join us in examining the virtue of cloaks as we begin the chapter Mount Doom. Sam considers the difficulty of the route, evaluates the remaining supplies, and carries on an inner dialogue about Bywater and Rosie Cotton. We learn what Tolkien thou…
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Sam suggests that Frodo and he should trust to luck, while Alan and Matt suggest they might want to reconsider. Join us as we spot that stinking villain — no, not Fëanor — sniffing around Frodo, as we wrap up the chapter on The Land of Shadow. Sam gives until it hurts, Frodo falls asleep, and they somehow find themselves participating in the 10k Ru…
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Two orcs engage in a spirited debate about Gollum, while two other orcs engage in a spirited debate about… oh, who am I kidding? Alan and Matt never debate. Join us as we discover that orcs prefer tattling on their peers rather than just killing them, as we keep moving deeper into The Land of Shadow. A tracker orc fails to track two very nearby hob…
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Sam insists on drinking first to protect Frodo, while Alan and Matt ruin any chance they have at a couple of bottled water sponsors. Join us for our discovery that Mordor is only mostly dead, as we continue our long and unpleasant way north in The Land of Shadow. We take a closer look at the geography of Mount Doom, while Frodo and Sam take a close…
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Frodo and Sam get out of the predicament in the Tower only to have to head further into Mordor, as Alan and Matt get out of their QAN predicament only to have to… well, do this. Join us as Sam exaggerates the lengths of thorns while we begin our four-part walk through The Land of Shadow. Nazgûl cries just don’t hold the same terror anymore, Shagrat…
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On this episode, Matt and Katie discuss time machines. The DeLaurian, Tardis, and Time Map are just a few of the great time machines we encounter in our favorite sci-fi flicks. We also hear an interview from Twin Cities Convention about time travel. Let us know in the comments what your favorite mode of time travel is!…
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We’re known for our short and concise answers, says The Nerd of the Rings, as he joins The Man of the West just in time to answer listener questions on our 25th Questions After Nightfall! From Ainur bowling leagues to light bulb moments, from Farmer Maggot to our favorite head canon, our listeners keep us on our toes. Matt whiffs on a Firefly refer…
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Frodo declines to acquiesce to Sam’s request to share the burden of the Ring… means ‘no’. Join Alan and Don as Sam becomes Frodo’s personal shopper in the worst clearance sale ever in our final episode on The Tower of Cirith Ungol. Sam forgives Frodo for his Ring-induced thievery allegation; we discuss the origin of orcs (again!); and the Watchers …
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This is the second episode in a series on time. For this episode Matt and katie discuss Loki choosing to continuously loop back in time in order to save his friends and the multiverse. Matt and Katie also discuss getting stuck in loops or patterns of behavior and thinking and about how the self-sacrifice of Jesus can disrupt those negative patterns…
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In the middle of his darkest moment, Sam sings; in the middle of this episode, Don and Alan sing. One of these two was a good decision. Join Alan and Don as Sam longs for Frodo, and refuses to say goodbye to the Stars in our third episode on The Tower of Cirith Ungol. Snaga loses a hand and rolls a natural 1; Sam finally finds his beloved Frodo; an…
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Nerdy Folks was recently at Twin Cities Con! We had a blast meeting people and taking in the offerings at this amazing convention in Minneapolis, MN. We kicked off this new series on time by interview folks about where they would go if they could travel to the future, to the past and anywhere in time on a one-way ticket! Here the article Matt refer…
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Sam finds a way past the Watchers to rescue Frodo, as Don finds a way past Alan’s bad jokes to rescue the episode. Join Alan and Don as Sam continues his search for Frodo in a place absolutely filled with Orcs in our second episode on The Tower of Cirith Ungol. Sam is relieved to find nearly all of the Orcs are dead; we discuss the nature and origi…
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The traditional view of what aliens are holds that aliens are simply other forms of sentient life that evolved elsewhere and have traveled through space to reach us. Other theories do exist, including the idea that aliens might be from another dimension. Many cultures belief systems, including Christianity, believe there is an unseen spiritual dime…
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Sam hesitantly takes what he sees as an irrevocable step down into Mordor; Don Marshall hesitantly agrees to do one more chapter with The Man of the West. Jon Alan and Don as Sam forgets his peril and bravely ventures into Mordor to rescue Frodo as we begin Book Six with The Tower of Cirith Ungol. Sam gets his first glimpse at Mount Doom; resists t…
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Matt and katie discuss two famous Alien Abduction stories. The Barney and Betty Hill case and the case of Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson both made a splash in the media and brought alien abduction into the national zeigeist. Matt and Katie also listen to a story told by one of Matt's youth group students and try to guess if the story is proportedly tru…
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Why do we assume that aliens would show up and annihilate us? Maybe aliens would take pitty on us and actually help us. Conflicts around the world: Crisis Group International: https://www.crisisgroup.org/visual-explainers/10-conflicts-2023/ Global Conflict Tracker: https://www.cfr.org/global-conflict-tracker Geneva Academy: https://geneva-academy.c…
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In the campaign finale, the fellowship and its allies face off against Gulfane and the denizens of Angmar. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played …
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Frodo has been a prisoner of the Orcs for more than a year in podcast time, but what’s another episode between friends? Before Alan and Don Marshall start our read through of Book VI of The Lord of the Rings, we take a look back at the previous books as we discuss the themes and events of the story so far - maybe with a special eye towards Frodo an…
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Is the U.S. Government in possession of alien technology? Are products we use everyday the result of secret programs working to reverse engineer that alien tech? These are real question being asked by members of congress and by faculty at Harvard university. Harvard Professor Story: https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/avi-loeb-harvard-professor-ali…
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The fellowship infiltrates Carn Dûm. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Melissa. https://twitter.com/melazera Floi. Dwarven Treasure Hunter…
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NASA has an alien Czar. Congress holds a public hearing on UAP sightings. Aliens have been a stable of sci-fi for decade, but it appears that aliens have gone mainstream. Matt and Katie also share 8 noteable alien encounters from a list courated by Chat GPT, who may or may not be an alien intellegence. Whether or not aliens are out there, many of u…
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The fellowship faces doom and and a long-gestating betrayal atop Khelek-dûr. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Melissa. https://twitter.co…
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The Fëanor piñata takes some more hits as The Man of the West welcomes Don Marshall, the Obscure Lord of the Rings Facts Guy, to the Prancing Pony Podcast just in time to answer some really obscure questions! From Narya’s chain-of-custody to Goldberry growing tired of trochaic tetrameter, our listeners do their best to trip us up. Alan gets choked …
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The fellowship travels to an icy tower protecting the paths to Carn Dûm. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Melissa. https://twitter.com/me…
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Join both The Man of the West and the Lord of the Mark as they celebrate the release of their new book by recording a LIVE episode at The Tolkien Society’s 50th Oxonmoot in Oxford! Guests include Kristine Larsen, John Rateliff, Brian Sibley… and 135 of our closest friends! Recommended Reading: include Letters from FC, Fall of Númenor, and The Histo…
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The fellowship rejoins their company of allies and plans their next excursions across Angmar. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Melissa. h…
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The fellowship descends into Othrond Gul, hoping to discover the fate of their dear friend, Sorondir. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Me…
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The company reaches Angmar. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Melissa. https://twitter.com/melazera Floi. Dwarven Treasure Hunter. Played …
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Perils mount for the fellowship as ravenous bats descend on Nadil's homestead. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Melissa. https://twitter.…
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The march on Angmar begins. The fellowship comes across old allies in Rhudaur. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Melissa. https://twitter.…
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Sauron smells a trap, and sends his lieutenant to open the door and see who’s there; Matt smells a sidebar, and sends Alan to find out more. Join us as the Mouth of Sauron says too much, but doesn’t lose his head, as we conclude The Black Gate Opens — and Season 7 of the PPP! We meet perhaps the scariest steed ever to walk the earth, discuss the ab…
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After suddenly waking in the Dreamlands, in the city of Ulthar, the investigators board yet another train. This is an actual-play of HORROR ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS for CALL OF CTHULHU, a roleplaying game by CHAOSIUM INC. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #callofcthulhu #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Joseph Tidwell. Stuntman. Played by J…
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Goodbyes are said in Bree and Combe. The fellowship travels to Weathertop for a mustering of allies. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Mel…
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Some of Aragorn’s followers are told how they might “keep what honor you may”; The Nerd of the Rings returns to the Common Room to keep what honor HE may. Join Matt and Alan as Aragorn heads out to knock on the door of the scariest house on the block as we begin The Black Gate Opens. Merry stays behind to heal as Pippin goes with Beregond to follow…
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After securing ranger help, the fellowship returns to Bree for a muted Yule celebration. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Melissa. https:…
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Gimli says he’s near the end of their tale; Alan and Shaun aren’t convinced. Join us as we discuss how hard it is to look at your watch when you’re in battle, as we complete The Last Monolog… er, Debate. The Lords of the West conclude they have only a choice of evils; long-term weather forecasting isn’t a thing in Middle-earth; and counting to 7,00…
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With the first piece of the simulacrum safely in hand, the investigators board the Orient Express, bound for Milan. This is an actual-play of HORROR ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS for CALL OF CTHULHU, a roleplaying game by CHAOSIUM INC. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #callofcthulhu #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Joseph Tidwell. Stuntman. Pl…
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Nightmares become all too real as the fellowship faces a new danger. This is an original adventure using ONE RING 2e, a tabletop roleplaying game by FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING. Find us online at https://www.thelollygaggers.com/ #TheOneRing2e #ActualPlay #ttrpg - Cast - Eryniel. Ranger of the North Champion. Played by Melissa. https://twitter.com/melaze…
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Legolas and Gimli reunite with Merry and Pippin, telling them stories about the last few days. Shaun Gunner (not Shawn) reunites with Alan, telling him how much he hates seagulls. Join us as we learn just how wrong everybody’s been about beards as we begin The Last Debate. Legolas and Gimli play SimCity; we read the tragic story of Nimrodel and Amr…
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