Best Silmarillion podcasts we could find (Updated August 2019)
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The Tolkien Road
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A long walk through Middle-earth! Join co-hosts John & Greta as they go chapter-by-chapter through The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and all of Tolkien's other works.
 
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 ...
 
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The Tolkien Road
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A long walk through Middle-earth! Join co-hosts John & Greta as they go chapter-by-chapter through The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and all of Tolkien's other works.
 
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Athrabeth
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Athrabeth is a monthly podcast that invites you down the lesser trod paths of Tolkien's Legendarium. Each episode we pick a single chapter, essay, fragment, or topic, and do a deep dive, exploring it as both fans and scholars.
 
Tolkien TV Talk, the podcast where we get hyped and keep you informed on everything you need to know talk about the upcoming Lord of The Rings Amazon series. Hosted by wishful hobbits.
 
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Green Dragon Live
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Green Dragon Live is for anyone who has, or has ever wanted to go to J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Whether it is your first or eleventy-first time, we will be your guide through the Lord of The Rings, the Hobbit, the Silmarillion, and everything else that has to do with this world. We will dig deep and bring you all of the information you need to deepen your love and knowledge of Middle-earth.
 
A podcast for people that love Lord of the Rings and want to know more about the Silmarillion, but maybe do not enjoy the way it's written. Or maybe you just want to hear someone talk about it!
 
"In this Music, the World was begun"A Podchaser list created by eluttrull.
 
Three friends get together each week and start talking Tolkien. Tolkien Expert Katie Sabo, casual fan Jon Cox, and newbie Chase Smith spend each week talking through these books chapter by chapter. A great book club experience, this show offers a conversational and fun way to read along!
 
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EstelPod
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A place for my mind singing and discuss my passions in poem and prose.
 
Like Tolkien? Love Tolkien? Are you the Tolkien fan other Tolkien fans are afraid of? This is the podcast for you.
 
Join the father and son podcasting team of Michael and Micah (12 years old) as we discuss current news regarding all things J.R.R. Tolkien: literature, movies, audio, video, games, festivals, events, music, and more. We also delve deep into the world of Arda and Middle-earth via Tolkien's writings to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the world he created.
 
Ask an Elf
 
A place where we discuss art in popular culture as artists living and working in Los Angeles.
 
Two Nerds and a Guy From Long Island is a bi-weekly comedy podcast that was borne from the attempts of Ricky and Dirk, two life-long proto-nerd friends, to desperately explain the geekier sides of life to their native Long Island pal, Dave.The results are, well, a mixed bag.Can Ricky and Dirk explain the phonetic intricacies of Elvish? Why Arrakis is the only place in the galaxy you can get melange? The difference between a Moogle and an Esper? And whether or not Han shot first?… And does Da ...
 
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Concerning Tolkien's surprising insights on the meaning of life... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! On this week's episode, we take a close look at Tolkien's 1969 letter to Camilla Unwin (granddaughter of the original Hobbit publisher) on "the purpose of life". This is Letter 310. His insight ...…
 
Concerning Tolkien's surprising insights on the meaning of life... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! On this week's episode, we take a close look at Tolkien's 1969 letter to Camilla Unwin (granddaughter of the original Hobbit publisher) on "the purpose of life". This is Letter 310. His insight ...…
 
On this episode, we discuss the recent video unveiling the creative team behind Amazon's forthcoming Middle-earth TV show, discuss the career and work of each team member, and what this bunch might mean for the overall direction of the show. TOPICS JD Payne & Patrick McKay (Showrunners) Gennifer Hutchison (writer) Helen Shang (writer) Jason Cah ...…
 
On this episode, we discuss the recent video unveiling the creative team behind Amazon's forthcoming Middle-earth TV show, discuss the career and work of each team member, and what this bunch might mean for the overall direction of the show. TOPICS JD Payne & Patrick McKay (Showrunners) Gennifer Hutchison (writer) Helen Shang (writer) Jason Cah ...…
 
This episode Jude and Stef talk to Dawn Walls-Thumma, founder of the Silmarillion Writers Guild and author of a fascinating survey on the culture and practices of the Tolkien Fanfiction community. Dawn's Socials Twitter: @DawnFelagund Silmarillion Writers Guild Dawn's Personal Page Show Notes Join Athrabeth's Discord! Works Referenced This Epis ...…
 
Concerning The Hobbit, the 1977 animated film… If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (film discussion starts at 5:30)... Background / Rankin & Bass Notable actors Opening / Bilbo / Gandalf / Dwarves Trolls Rivendell / Elrond No Stone Giants! Misty Mountain Goblins Gollum Eagles No ...…
 
Concerning The Hobbit, the 1977 animated film… If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (film discussion starts at 5:30)... Background / Rankin & Bass Notable actors Opening / Bilbo / Gandalf / Dwarves Trolls Rivendell / Elrond No Stone Giants! Misty Mountain Goblins Gollum Eagles No ...…
 
We end Season 3 by welcoming Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull to the podcast! This renowned husband-wife team have co-authored some of the most essential books in Tolkien studies. In addition to several volumes on Tolkien’s art (such as J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator) they’ve given the world The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Compani ...…
 
Concerning Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”… If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (film discussion starts at 5:30)... Smaug’s big splash / Bard The Master's Death Thorin’s Dragon Sickness / The Arkenstone Dol Guldur Thranduil The Battle The Journey Home BIR ...…
 
Concerning Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”… If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (film discussion starts at 5:30)... Smaug’s big splash / Bard The Master's Death Thorin’s Dragon Sickness / The Arkenstone Dol Guldur Thranduil The Battle The Journey Home BIR ...…
 
Strider is remarkably not disappointed that the Elf who’s overtaken them on the road is not his girlfriend. It’s Glorfindel of Rivendell; and for listeners who remember our episodes on the fall of Gondolin, we’ll not only answer the question of whether this Glorfindel is really that Glorfindel, we’ll also delve into Tolkien’s essays to understa ...…
 
Concerning “The Last Stage”, from a homely house to Shire shenanigans… Please support on Patreon for as little as $1 per episode! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 7:30)… Arriving in Rivendell Songs of the Elves: "The Dragon is Whithered" The Last Road / Trolls Gold Road Go Ever On... The auction... Losing property & reputation Yea ...…
 
Concerning “The Last Stage”, from a homely house to Shire shenanigans… Please support on Patreon for as little as $1 per episode! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 7:30)… Arriving in Rivendell Songs of the Elves: "The Dragon is Whithered" The Last Road / Trolls Gold Road Go Ever On... The auction... Losing property & reputation Yea ...…
 
Strider’s path to Rivendell leads the hobbits through rough terrain; all the while, the days get colder and Frodo gradually succumbs to the evil effects of the Witch-king’s blade. A bad situation starts to look even worse when Pippin and Merry catch a glimpse of three trolls ahead — and if that sounds familiar to you, then you scored higher tha ...…
 
Concerning “The Return Journey”, from grievous goodbyes to peak panoramas… Please support on Patreon for as little as $1 per episode! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 7:30)… Bilbo Awakens Thorin's Death / Dwarf Eschatology Eagles / Beorn King Dain / Thorin Buried with Arkenstone Happily Ever After / Goodbyes The Journey Home Begin ...…
 
Concerning “The Return Journey”, from grievous goodbyes to peak panoramas… Please support on Patreon for as little as $1 per episode! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 7:30)… Bilbo Awakens Thorin's Death / Dwarf Eschatology Eagles / Beorn King Dain / Thorin Buried with Arkenstone Happily Ever After / Goodbyes The Journey Home Begin ...…
 
Frodo awakens, wounded and bewildered, after the attack on Weathertop. Believing they’ve been led into a trap, Sam is certain (again) that Strider is not to be trusted, but the Ranger proves himself useful (again) by treating the wound with athelas, a healing herb of the Dúnedain. The wonder drug doesn’t work wonders, but it eases Frodo’s pain ...…
 
Concerning “The Clouds Burst”, from Arkenstone arrangements to Bolg's battalions... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 11:00)… Negotiating the Arkenstone Gandalf Revealed / Bilbo Rebuked An Ugly Truce / Dain Arrives The Dwarves Spring / The Battle ...…
 
Concerning “The Clouds Burst”, from Arkenstone arrangements to Bolg's battalions... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 11:00)… Negotiating the Arkenstone Gandalf Revealed / Bilbo Rebuked An Ugly Truce / Dain Arrives The Dwarves Spring / The Battle ...…
 
Mary and Tim are back with Part 3 of The Silmarillion Explained! This episode covers the coming of Men in The First Age. Next episode: Beren and Luthien! Twitter: @TimothyPG13 @TheRealBeauYork @MithrandirRisen @ThoughtBubbleFM @Podastery @SquireRadioBy Thought Bubble Audio.
 
Jude and Stef review the new Tolkien biopic, as well John Garth's "Tolkien and the Great War". Some beefs are had. Show Notes Join Athrabeth's Discord! Works Referenced This Episode Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth Karukoski, Dome (Director) (2019) TolkienBy Jude Vais & Stef Midlock.
 
Concerning “A Thief in the Night”, from Thorin's threat to Bilbo's burglary... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 13:00)… The Arkenstone and Thorin’s Threat Roäc’s Warning Bilbo’s Plan Bilbo and Bombur Bilbo and the Elves What is Bilbo’s plan? The ...…
 
Concerning “A Thief in the Night”, from Thorin's threat to Bilbo's burglary... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 13:00)… The Arkenstone and Thorin’s Threat Roäc’s Warning Bilbo’s Plan Bilbo and Bombur Bilbo and the Elves What is Bilbo’s plan? The ...…
 
Alan and Shawn are pleased to welcome Greg Hildebrandt to the Prancing Pony Podcast! An iconic artist and illustrator, Greg (together with his twin brother Tim as the Brothers Hildebrandt) helped a generation of readers visualize Middle-earth in the Ballantine Books J.R.R. Tolkien Calendars from 1976 to 1978, and continues to create fantasy and ...…
 
Concerning “The Gathering of the Clouds”, from Roäc the Raven to Bard's brigade... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 13:00)… The gathering of the birds / The old Thrush returns Quoth the Raven: "Smaug is Dead" "Go to Dain!" / Fortifying the Mounta ...…
 
Concerning “The Gathering of the Clouds”, from Roäc the Raven to Bard's brigade... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 13:00)… The gathering of the birds / The old Thrush returns Quoth the Raven: "Smaug is Dead" "Go to Dain!" / Fortifying the Mounta ...…
 
It’s our most Bombadilicious episode yet! Once again, Alan and Shawn open the common-room to listeners for live, unscripted questions that we answer on the spot as best we can. This time around we tackle several questions about Rings of Power (and the people who wear them), the optics of invisibility, and how not to purloin poultry. Also, some ...…
 
Concerning “Fire and Water”, from Smaug's blaze to Bard's shot... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 7:45)… Meanwhile back in Laketown...SMAUG!!! Bard the Bowman The Thrush Smaug is Dead! Bard and the Master Blaming the Dwarves Birds Spread the Wor ...…
 
Concerning “Fire and Water”, from Smaug's blaze to Bard's shot... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 7:45)… Meanwhile back in Laketown...SMAUG!!! Bard the Bowman The Thrush Smaug is Dead! Bard and the Master Blaming the Dwarves Birds Spread the Wor ...…
 
Evening falls on Weathertop, and our heroes make camp beneath the stars with the Black Riders not far away. Strider tells stories to chase away their fears, covering most of The Silmarillion in a lot less time than we did. But in the darkest night, the Black Riders sneak up on the camp, and Frodo is suddenly overcome by a desire to disappear. W ...…
 
Concerning "Not At Home", from a dark descent to daylight on Dale... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 15:00)... Trapped!? The darkness Mounds of Treasure / The Arkenstone The dwarvish heart Mithril The Great Chamber of Thror Haiku For more on thi ...…
 
Concerning "Not At Home", from a dark descent to daylight on Dale... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 15:00)... Trapped!? The darkness Mounds of Treasure / The Arkenstone The dwarvish heart Mithril The Great Chamber of Thror Haiku For more on thi ...…
 
Strider leads the hobbits through the mysterious (and not entirely comforting) ruins of ancient kingdoms of Men along the road to Weathertop, with the hope of meeting Gandalf there. The Ranger’s knowledge of ancient lore surprises the hobbits nearly as much as Sam’s does; and as they roll up to the hill, they discover they’re not the only ones ...…
 
Concerning TOLKIEN (the biopic)... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Having just viewed the new Tolkien biopic, we sat down to discuss some fresh, hot takes. MMMMMM... We chat about the nature of biopics, myths, historical accuracy, "magic" as a big mistake of the film, and accusations of anti ...…
 
Concerning TOLKIEN (the biopic)... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Having just viewed the new Tolkien biopic, we sat down to discuss some fresh, hot takes. MMMMMM... We chat about the nature of biopics, myths, historical accuracy, "magic" as a big mistake of the film, and accusations of anti ...…
 
From the noble Mearas of the Rohirrim to the dark mounts of the Black Riders, we close out our Horsey series with some of the most notable steeds of Middle-earth Show Notes Join Athrabeth's Discord! Works Referenced This Episode Hrothgar's Horses: Feral or Thoroughbred? by Jennifer Neville “Hwær Cwom Mearh? The horse in Anglo-Saxon England” by ...…
 
Black Riders attack the inn during the night, so Strider opts for an early check-out to get out of Bree quickly. They soon discover that Merry’s ponies are missing, delaying their departure; but Barliman, uh, ponies up the money to compensate their losses and buys them one underfed beast of burden for the road. Bill Ferny (now twelve silver pen ...…
 
Concerning Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”… If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (film discussion starts at 21:00)... Beorn Mirkwood / Spiders Woodelves / Barrels / Battle Laketown / Bard / The Master Finding the Door Smaug The Battle with Smaug Dol Guldur s ...…
 
Concerning Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”… If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (film discussion starts at 21:00)... Beorn Mirkwood / Spiders Woodelves / Barrels / Battle Laketown / Bard / The Master Finding the Door Smaug The Battle with Smaug Dol Guldur s ...…
 
Concerning "Inside Information", from a stealthy scout to a seething serpent... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 11:00)... Bilbo Still Proving Himself Smaug - Description Bilbo Scouts / Steals Cup Smaug's Fury Bilbo & Smaug Smaug's weakness Bilbo ...…
 
Concerning "Inside Information", from a stealthy scout to a seething serpent... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 11:00)... Bilbo Still Proving Himself Smaug - Description Bilbo Scouts / Steals Cup Smaug's Fury Bilbo & Smaug Smaug's weakness Bilbo ...…
 
Frodo reads Gandalf’s letter, more concerned than ever at the wizard’s absence and the delay caused by Barliman. But at least the letter confirms Strider’s identity, and Frodo is wise enough to choose to trust him. Sam’s continued protests give the Ranger a chance to be tempted by the Ring, but he keeps his self-control; and before long Merry r ...…
 
12th Episode of our series Exploring The Silmarillion
 
We begin with a review of the new biographical film Tolkien (spoilers: see below) before moving on to the first half of Book I, Chapter 10. Frodo, Sam, and Pippin retire to their parlor after the “accident” in the common-room, only to find the mysterious Ranger called Strider there with them. Strider seems to know a lot about their errand, but ...…
 
Concerning "On the Doorstep", from mountain mists to enchanted entrances... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 6:30)... Sorry for the absence First By Boat, Then By Land Halfway Help The Front Gate Doorstep, but no door The Thrush and the Door Haik ...…
 
Concerning "On the Doorstep", from mountain mists to enchanted entrances... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 6:30)... Sorry for the absence First By Boat, Then By Land Halfway Help The Front Gate Doorstep, but no door The Thrush and the Door Haik ...…
 
Cast in his unlikely role as “Mr. Underhill”, Frodo tries to keep a low profile at the Prancing Pony. But the attention he’s getting from a shady-looking Ranger approaches the unreal, and someone has to distract the room from the loose-lipped Pippin. Frodo handles the situation with insufficient tact, delivering a speech and a song that offer t ...…
 
Frodo and his friends make their way to Bree, and to an inn with a strangely familiar name, in the first half of “At the Sign of the Prancing Pony”. The Men of Bree are an independent people, cheerful and friendly as a rule… but Sam is nervous with all these Big Folk and bigger buildings about, and Frodo stays on his guard while Pippin makes fr ...…
 
What started as a joke about ranking of all the horses of Middle-earth as a palate cleanser for Stef after so many episodes about souls and eschatology, has turned into two of our best episodes, courtesy of Stef's unbridled enthusiasm for hoses and Tolkien! Enjoy this first in our two part series on the Horses of Middle-earth! Show Notes Join A ...…
 
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