Best Tolkien podcasts we could find (Updated April 2019)
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The Tolkien Professor podcast is a series of lectures, discussions, and seminars on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Corey Olsen, Assistant Professor of English at Washington College in Maryland. Find me on Facebook at "The Tolkien Professor," on Twitter at @tolkienprof, or at my website at www.tolkienprofessor.com. I have also begun a grand new venture: the Mythgard Institute, offering courses on Tolkien studies for credit at the MA level, or just for fun! Join us at www.mythgard.org.
 
Exploring the life and 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.
 
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Tea with Tolkien
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Join us for a cup of tea as we grow together in Hobbitness and Holiness, inspired by the faith and philosophy of JRR Tolkien.
 
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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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The Tolkien Heads
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Join us as we read through J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." Each week we work with a different chapter and explore various themes both in the novel and in our lives.
 
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!!!
 
A beginners, somewhat feminist guide, to the works of JRR Tolkien
 
The Island of Misfit Podcasters
 
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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.
 
Great Commission Transmission Network
 
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Keep On Tolkien
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Keep on Tolkien is a podcast that takes you on a sarcastic and passionate journey through the Tolkien Legendarium. Our aim is to provide quality information about Tolkien lore while keeping a fun-loving and casual atmosphere. Its like hanging out with your buddies...if your buddies were two fowl-mouthed nerds with a rather unhealthy obsession with how terrible the hobbit movies are.Have questions, comments, or suggestions? Shoot us a message on your favorite social media site!We want to hear ...
 
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Amon Sûl
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Exploring the Tolkien Legendarium with the Christian Faith - no summary
 
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Father Roderick
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A show about movies, travel, fantasy, TV, faith, sci-fi and minimalism.
 
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The Legendarium
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The Legendarium exists primarily as a book club for fantasy and sci-fi, both the classics and the new classics.Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, and more.
 
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Green Dragon Live
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A new podcast for Middle-earth. Made for your first and eleventy-first time to J.R.R. Tolkien's high fantasy world. Served up from The Green Dragon in Bywater of the Shire.
 
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.
 
Discussions About Tolkien’s World
 
A Tolkien podcast that takes a relaxing approach to the professor's works. A place to come and enjoy a shared love for all things Tolkien. From mathoms to mallorns, Gondor to Gondolin. From Bag-end to Beleriand and Arda to New Zealand. Hobbits at heart are always welcome.
 
The 13th century Icelandic Völsungasaga is usually read by people studying the Poetic Edda or Wagner’s Ring – which obscures the fact it is a much better story than practically everything derived from it. A riddle-telling dragon, a broken sword, a hooded mysterious wanderer – cannibalism, incest, mutilation, and sensitive hearts. This is R-rated Tolkien – and the unashamedly archaic Magnússon-Morris translation is up for the adventure.Passages spoken in Old Norse are taken from the edition o ...
 
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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.
 
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Chaotic Adequate
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The comedic fantasy roleplay podcast that feels like Tolkien watched Community. Enter a world of orcs, elves, magic and relentless accidental NPC killing with Gregory Akerman, Steve Cross, Amanda DiGioia and Angus Dunican.
 
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The LOTROCast
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A podcast about the Lord of the Rings Online MMO and all things Tolkien
 
In this series, story expert Alastair Stephens guides you through the pages of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
 
Join two "Narnia Novices" as they read The Chronicles of Narnia one chapter at a time. Each episode features analysis of the story, world, and themes found throughout Narnia. Phil and Daniel are currently reading the second book in the series: Prince Caspian. New episodes are released every other Wednesday!
 
Join two "Narnia Novices" as they read The Chronicles of Narnia one chapter at a time. Each episode features analysis of the story, world, and themes found throughout Narnia. Phil and Daniel are currently reading the second book in the series: Prince Caspian. New episodes are released every other Wednesday!
 
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Tolkien White Girl
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When I was 15 I wrote a fantasy epic. 10 years later, I'm forcing my friends to read it with me.
 
A LOTRO Podcast
 
George MacDonald’s fairy stories and fantasy have inspired a number of writers including C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and of this popular fairy story, which as you might suspect concerns a little princess plotted against by a race of goblins, G.K. Chesterton said that it “made a difference to my whole existence.”
 
Middle Earth Role Playing (MERP)Tabletop Roleplay adventures in the world of JRR Tolkien. With the guys from i-gameonline.Middle-Earth Stories from the time of 'The Lord of the Rings' in audio podcast. (Other adventures in Middle Earth played in a Dungeons and Dragons style). Using the MERP and Rolemaster systems produced by Iron Crown Enterprises Ice. #MerpPodcast
 
Like Tolkien? Love Tolkien? Are you the Tolkien fan other Tolkien fans are afraid of? This is the podcast for you.
 
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Geek Philosophy
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Geek Philosophy is a discussion-based podcast from the directors of Grey Havens Group, Inc., a non-profit organization that hosts philosophical discussions for people of all ages. We start each episode with a geeky topic, but we never know where we’re going to go! It could be Middle-earth, or Magrathea, or somewhere completely new. Along the way, we’ll take you through our unique “Geek Philosophy” method for exploring big ideas through literature and popular culture. We’ll also hear from gee ...
 
"Finding the folktales, fables, and philosophies behind your favorite Hollywood films." The Story Cauldron is a weekly podcast that explores the stories behind the cinematic stories you love. Join us every Wednesday as we dive into what Tolkien called the "Cauldron of Story" to see where our movies come from.
 
Hosted by Larry Linenschmidt, Hill Country Institute Live is an ongoing conversation about issues of concern and interest to the Church today. We visit the life and works of giants of another day, such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and also spend time with people and ministries doing creative work to fight human trafficking, feed the poor, create quality art, be good stewards of the environment, and much more, all with the heart and mind of Christ. For more information about the events an ...
 
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Interlibrary Loan
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Three friends get together each week to read and discuss dense and rewarding books. Katie Sabo, Jon Cox, and Sky Swartout spend each week talking through a book chapter by chapter. A great book club experience, this show offers a conversational and fun way to read along!
 
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!
 
Bloggers Christy and Haley have caffeine-fueled chats about faith, books, culture and whatever strikes their fancy. Join them for conversations with great women as they share about family, vocation, tv, and laundry. So pour a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some time with friends.
 
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Speaking Of Wealth
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Welcome to the "Speaking of Wealth" podcast showcasing profit strategies for speakers, publishers, authors, consultants, and info-marketers. Learn valuable skills to make your business more successful, more passive, more automated, and more scalable. Your host, Jason Hartman interviews top-tier guests, bestselling authors and experts including; Dan Poynter (The Self-Publishing Manual), Harvey Mackay (Swim With The Sharks & Get Your Foot in the Door), Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior) ...
 
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Tolkien at Oxford
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Podcasts that explore the relationship between J.R.R. Tolkien and Oxford University, where he both studied and worked.
 
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Talkin Tolkien
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We read Tolkien and then talk about it. Currently reading "Fellowship of the Ring." We occasionally sing and make jokes as well.
 
An energetic exploration of Tolkien's works by writer and Tolkien nerd Vasilios Asimakos, ceaselessly delving into unpredictable Tolkien topics, because "not all who wander are lost."
 
One has watched the films far too many times. The other has read the books at least three times a year. Together, they chat through the books, compare the films to the text, and delve deep into the mines of Tolkien's lore as they imagine what life in middle earth would be like.
 
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Tolkien's Road
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Tolkien's Road is a chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of the collected writings of acclaimed author J. R. R. Tolkien starting with THE HOBBIT, continuing with THE LORD OF THE RINGS and beyond. Each episode will tackle two chapters in sequential order as co-hosts Jim Seals & Jason Tondro attempt to unpack the deeper meanings and themes to be found therein.
 
Podcast by Providence Magazine
 
Join Aaron Armstrong, Dave Schroeder and Barnabas Piper talk about the books they love (and a few they really don’t) to help you be a better reader.
 
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The Bookstore
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It's like a book club, but we actually read the book. Join hosts Becca and Corinne as they recreate their days working and hanging out at their local independent book store.
 
Bloggers Christy and Haley have caffeine-fueled chats about faith, books, culture and whatever strikes their fancy. Join them for conversations with great women as they share about family, vocation, tv, and laundry. So pour a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some time with friends.
 
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Faith & Culture
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Joseph Pearce, Editor of Faith & Culture magazine, has weekly interviews with well-known Catholic authors, speakers, and academics on a variety of topics related to Catholicism.
 
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Shelob!!! Will Frodo and Sam survive Shelob's Lair in chapter XX of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Two Towers. The Bywater Post: please send your "Tolkien Stories" to anunexpectedpod@gmail.com We will read and share those on the podcast! You can also leave us a voicemail by calling: (740) 422-9395 [3 min max]. Feel free to ask us a question, read a chapt ...…
 
This week Caitlin, Rachel, and Emmy read Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2 Chapter 7, the Mirror of Galadriel. Characters The Fellowship – Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli Haldir – an elf of the Galadhrim Galadriel – the Lady of Lothlorian Celeborn – the Lord of Lothlorian Rando elves of the Galadhrim The group reach the ...…
 
By olsen@tolkienprofessor.com (Corey Olsen).
 
In the final pages of “Fog on the Barrow-downs”, the hobbits — now armed with nice, shiny daggers — reluctantly take their leave of Tom Bombadil. Before we say goodbye to Tom, we give the greatest enigma in Middle-earth the full Prancing Pony Podcast treatment! We answer listener questions, respond to popular theories, and assemble a council’s ...…
 
thank you once again for joining us for episode 14 of the Green Door podcast. This episode was filled with technical difficulties and took a while to produce but we think it turned out exactly how it should have. 100 minutes of Tolkien goodness. Enjoy
 
Having finished Book 5, we’ve made it to another Recap Episode, where anything can happen! Among other matters, we discuss the following topics, either for the first time or otherwise expanding on previous conversations: The nature of good stewardship: a comparison of Denethor vs. Gandalf; The “faithfulness” of the Woses, and the implied treatm ...…
 
"Giant spider? That's cool and all, but more importantly, let's do a deep dive on all the definitions of the word 'own.'" --Pip and Charlie
 
Welcome to our first ever listener question episode! Thanks to Deb for this intriguing idea. 1:00 Tom Shippey, sources 1:20 Hi Deb! 1:37 Orc clans – warlike 1:50 Sauron and Morgoth found ways to unite them. 2:00 Nature of evil 2:30 People asked Tolkien this very question! Specifically Peter Hastings, the manager of the Newman Catholic Bookshop. ...…
 
A lot of the time we have too much to talk about and we don’t get the chance to discuss all of the book news topics that come our way. Well, not anymore! This week we bring you a digest of the hottest recent book world news from fake news about Kurt Vonnegut, to the latest in dunking on Brett Easton Ellis, we’ve got all of the details and opini ...…
 
We all love biographies and memoirs. Well, Dave and I (Aaron) do a lot more than Barnabas. But we all do love to talk about biographies and memoirs! And this week we’re joined by Dave’s daughter, Madelyn, who helps keep us on track as we discuss: What makes a good biography and why we love them The greatness of the word “bloviating” What makes ...…
 
Concerning "A Warm Welcome", from apple aversions to royal returns... If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon! Topics discussed... @LOTRonPrime Update (Amazon TV Show) Bilbo's 51st Birthday! The Long Lake and the Lonely Mountain The Wain? The Greater Town??? Laketown The Return of the Mountain-King R ...…
 
Join Bina, Marie/Nymeria, Jock and, in a mirror-podcast, DavidHHH and Dana/Taindana, for their discussion of Discovery Season Two and unabashed Dreamy Captain Pike shipping. Expectations for season 2 (0m) Lemoncake Ratings (8m) Themes – AI (11m) Security vs the Rule … Continue reading →
 
Join us this week for a discussion of Sigrid Nunez's National Book Award Winning novel The Friend. In some ways it was a little too real for our real life events, and in others it wasn't quite real enough. This episode contains more expletives than normal. Next time we will be discussing Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss. Read along with us!…
 
Professor Paul Miller of Georgetown University sits down with Managing Editor Drew Griffin to discuss America’s Global Role under Trump’s leadership.
 
Join VOK curators Bina, Glen and Nadia as well as Hannah and Jock as they discuss e2 of the final season of Game of Thrones – an episode of redemption arcs, strong women, giant teats, and popped cherries. Spoilers for … Continue reading →
 
The great G. K. Chesterton wrote on all sorts of subjects, including cheese. Joseph Pearce and Elizabeth Klein discuss the place of cheese in sacred scripture, the tradition of the Church and the lives of the saints, discovering secrets about cheese that Chesterton never knew.
 
It's a podcast crossover! Ronnie Martin of The Happy Rant joins us in-studio in exotic Indianapolis to talk nostalgia, Christmas and romance novels, and trying to read theology. And by "in-studio" I mean "in the hallway outside the exhibit hall at TGC." Listen in as we discuss: Why Ronnie enjoys romance and Christmas novels What's really nice a ...…
 
It's a podcast crossover! Ronnie Martin of The Happy Rant joins us in-studio in exotic Indianapolis to talk nostalgia, Christmas and romance novels, and trying to read theology. And by "in-studio" I mean "in the hallway outside the exhibit hall at TGC." Listen in as we discuss: Why Ronnie enjoys romance and Christmas novels What's really nice a ...…
 
The Krakenless Krakencast! Join honourary krakens David (davidhhh), Bing (Shoeshiner), and Neil (Valyrian Neil) as we review and discuss the premiere episode of Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season, “Winterfell”, and maybe a few tinfoil theories. Trueborn krakens Sarah … Continue reading →
 
Hear Game of Thrones Season 8 opening episode with the Game of Thrones Wolfcast fans who review the episode, provide lemoncake ratings and discuss upcoming developments. Hosts: Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Nadia (Nadia), Jock (MunroJock2), Hannah (Shadow _baby) Spoilers: This episode covers … Continue reading →…
 
“Do you believe in God? God doesn’t give a F**k.” Join Bina, Nadia and Jock as they discuss season one of Netflix India’s superb epic thriller, Sacred Games, exploring Mumbai’s underworld of corrupt cops, religiously divided mafiosi, populist politicians, and … Continue reading →
 
The Pevensies prove their worth to Trumpkin before leaving the island. Your Lamp-post Links: Follow us into Narnia on our Twitter or Facebook pages. Do you have any feedback? Email us at thenarniapodcast@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail at (406) 646-6733. Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | Stitcher Radio | Podcast Website | YouTube | RSS ...…
 
The Pevensies prove their worth to Trumpkin before leaving the island. Your Lamp-post Links: Follow us into Narnia on our Twitter or Facebook pages. Do you have any feedback? Email us at thenarniapodcast@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail at (406) 646-6733. Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | Stitcher Radio | Podcast Website | YouTube | RSS ...…
 
We're back talking about our boy Bret Easton Ellis and a baffling/hilarious interview he did with the New Yorker. And we know you've been waiting for nearly three months as we finally respond to the Marie Kondo book drama. Sources: The New Yorker: Bret Easton Ellis Thinks You're Overreacting to Donald Trump Electric Literature: Liking Books Is ...…
 
Father Roderick reacts to the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Subscribe to this podcast’s feed via RSS | iTunes |Google Play.Follow Trideo on YouTube | Facebook | Twitter. This show is brought to you free of advertisements thanks to my patrons. Help me to continue to bring you these shows by joining, too, at Patreon.com/FatherRoderick.…
 
It’s Holy Week and we’re here to talk about how we do it. Now that we’ve all survived Palm Sunday Mass (AKA “stop poking your sibling with that palm during the LONG reading of the Passion, the palm is NOT a sword”) it’s time to really dive into this week that prepares us for Easter. We recorded this episode before the Notre Dame fire and, to be ...…
 
It’s Holy Week and we’re here to talk about how we do it. Now that we’ve all survived Palm Sunday Mass (AKA “stop poking your sibling with that palm during the LONG reading of the Passion, the palm is NOT a sword”) it’s time to really dive into this week that prepares us for Easter. We recorded this episode before the Notre Dame fire and, to be ...…
 
Managing Editor Drew Griffin sits down with New York Times Contributor and Pastor Alan Cross to discuss the current crisis at the border and the morality of America’s Response.
 
Joseph Pearce discusses with Christopher Blum his latest book, which is part of a new series published by the Augustine Institute.
 
Onto Pelargir - part 61 The guys travel south into the seaside navel town of Pelagir, arriving mid week into the festival of the sea.
 
A couple weeks' back, we travelled to exotic downtown Indianapolis for TGC19. With so many book loving people in one place at the same time, we took the show on the road to chat with a few friends. On this episode, we're joined by Karen Swallow Prior to talk books and British literature, theology, pets, and few other things too. Listen in as we ...…
 
A couple weeks' back, we travelled to exotic downtown Indianapolis for TGC19. With so many book loving people in one place at the same time, we took the show on the road to chat with a few friends. On this episode, we're joined by Karen Swallow Prior to talk books and British literature, theology, pets, and few other things too. Listen in as we ...…
 
Game of Thrones is back after more than 18 months away and brings with it Dragoncast. How does this premiere compare to other season premieres? Join us for drinks and dragons. Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Casey (blue-eyed-queen) Michal (inkasrain), Matt (Varley), … Continue reading →
 
Todd, Kenn, and Megan discuss Summer Knight, book 4 of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, complete with a classic Kenn recap. It might be somewhat polarizing among fans, but all three panelists had quite a lot of fun with this book, which easily spills over into their discussion. Support the show on Patreon Join the conversation on Reddit Musi ...…
 
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