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Combat Phase is a weekly podcast celebrating miniature-wargaming. Hosts Kenny and Wargamer Shawn grow the hobby community and bring excellent resources to listeners around the world. Join us each week as we discuss news and rumors, tips for the hobby, community support and everything for the avid wargamer. www.combatphase.com
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
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.
 
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Frodo and Sam follow their travel guide Gollum through the Dead Marshes — it’s not the tour package we would have chosen, but who are we to judge? — and are far more shaken up than Gollum is by the fact that the marshes actually have, y’know, dead in them. But never mind the terrifying things below, because there’s a new terrifying thing above maki…
 
Sméagol proves to be willing and able to show Frodo and Sam the way to Mordor, now that his promise on the Precious keeps him from running away (though Sting is still at hand to police him if necessary). But Gollum proves he’ll always be king of pain when he totally overreacts to the elf-smell coming off the lembas his companions are eating. Once h…
 
Alan and Shawn welcome John Howe to the Prancing Pony Podcast! Over the past several decades John has established himself as one of the most enduringly popular Middle-earth artists, and his work has appeared in numerous books and calendars (including the Tolkien Calendar 2021), and earned him a role as a conceptual artist for Peter Jackson’s The Ho…
 
In this special episode of the Tolkien Experience Podcast, Luke, Sarah, and Sara wrap up the second season! They thank the listeners, reflect on some of their favorite interviews and the changes to the podcast over the year, and share how their own Tolkien Experience has shifted this year! We hope you enjoy it. Remember, there will be more TEP comi…
 
In episode 264, we discuss some truly surprising new details from The Nature of Middle-earth. Seriously mind-blowing stuff here... WATCH THIS EPISODE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous, Redhawk, Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien ***THIS EPISODE IS 2 DAYS EARLY AND AD-FREE FOR OUR BELOVED PATRONS!*** CONTENTS - What Did Gandalf Look Like…
 
Gollum is disinclined to acquiesce to Frodo’s request to lead them to Mordor, and he tries to escape when he thinks the hobbits aren’t looking. Sam has thirty ells’ worth of good reasons for Gollum to stay put, but the Elvish rope burns his skin (as of publication, Lothlórien Ropeworks has not issued a recall, and neither Haldir nor “One of Those F…
 
2022 will be the biggest year in Tolkien fandom since 1977, the year The Silmarillion was released. It will be the year that changes EVERYTHING. In this episode, we’re discussing ALL THE THINGS that are happening in Middle-earth, and what OUR plan is for the coming year. Join us! WATCH THIS EPISODE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymo…
 
Three episodes into the chapter, we finally meet Sméagol… and the other fellow sharing his brain. Sam jumps the creeping, crawling creature at the bottom of the cliff, which goes about as well for Master Gamgee as one might expect. Fortunately, Frodo’s got his back, and the sight of Sting convinces Gollum that if he loves some precious, he should s…
 
In this episode, we take a close look at "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor" from Unfinished Tales! It’s a brief and fascinating account of the 3000 year history of Númenor, and contains a lot that needs to be unpacked! As we have explored before, the history of Númenor spans a vast period: over 3000 years. While works like “Akallabêth” and “The …
 
The shrieking cry of what might sound like a Ringwraith if they weren’t destroyed forever at the Ford of Bruinen (They were, right? Right!?) makes Frodo lose his grip and his sight while climbing down a cliff. He manages to land on his feet on a ledge not far below, but he can’t get back up or down without a rope, which Sam just so happens to have,…
 
In episode 261, we're discussing Tolkien's ORIGINAL and far more detailed ending to The Silmarillion. We're delighted to be joined once again by Keith Mathison. read The Silmarillion - A Tale of Two Endings WATCH THE EPISODE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous, Redhawk ***THIS EPISODE WAS RELEASED 3 DAYS EARLY AND AD-FREE FOR OUR P…
 
We finally begin our readthrough of Book IV of The Lord of the Rings with “The Taming of Sméagol”! All alone after fleeing Parth Galen, Frodo and Sam are lost among the barren slopes of the Emyn Muil, seeking a way down to the stinking bog below (zero stars for this hiking tour). But how alone are they, really? Are the two eyes following them attac…
 
For this episode, I had the chance to catch up with the creator of the YouTube Channel The Nerd of the Rings! Matt started his channel to talk about his passion for Tolkien and it has really taken off over the past two years! I was able to have a great conversation with him about what some of his favorite topics have been, and how he was first intr…
 
In episode 260, we discuss Gandalf's famous characterization of Frodo's quest: "a fool's hope". Why did he say that? Why is it significant he was saying that to Pippin? What is the broader significance of that line for the work and for Middle-earth (and our reality) in general? Here's the passage: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/796083-all-now-too…
 
We are back, talking news and Crusade before Vince Venturella comes on again to chat about his newest skirmish war-game: Reign in Hell. Great name, great game, great rules. Check it out below and…enjoy! https://www.snarlingbadger.com/reigninhell https://www.youtube.com/c/VinceVenturella https://www.youtube.com/user/tabletopminions…
 
One does not simply walk into Mordor without a recap, so before we start our readthrough of Book IV of The Lord of the Rings, we’re reviewing previous chapters to reacquaint ourselves with a couple of characters we haven’t seen for a while (no one special; just Frodo and Sam, the guys whose mission really matters here). After a look back at the sto…
 
In episode 259, we sit down once again with Carl Hostetter, editor of the latest volume of JRR Tolkien's writings, The Nature of Middle-earth. We focus our attention on Appendix I: Metaphysical and Theological Themes. CONTENTS: - How has the response been to The Nature of Middle-earth? » 3:38 - What inspired this appendix on the "religious and Cath…
 
It’s our first live Q&A episode of the season, which means Alan and Shawn have got our speculating caps on for another round of questions from our guests! We field questions on the married life of the Valar (but not in the way you’re thinking), the size of Hobbit feet, and an almost forgotten fight between Galadriel and Dol Guldur. Plus, opinions o…
 
For this episode, Sara sat down to talk with translator and scholar Aurélie Brémont! Aurélie completed her PhD in English Medieval Studies on Tolkien and the Celtic Heritage in 2009 in Sorbonne Université, Paris. Since then, she has been present in conferences in the UK and in France. In 2016 she had the opportunity to translate Tom Shippey's J.R.R…
 
In episode 258, we continue our exploration of what Tolkien meant by Lord of the Rings being “fundamentally religious and Catholic” as we explore the connection between Middle-earth mythology and key Christian ideas. Also, we're joined by Michael Jahosky as our guest co-host! You can learn more about all of Michael's work at MythicMission.com. Join…
 
For the second time in history, Alan and Shawn throw a party of special magnificence to celebrate a milestone: 222 episodes of the PPP! Once again, we look back at some of our best moments from the past eleventy-one episodes, as chosen by our listeners. From foolish digressions to inappropriate pop culture references, smart observations to great re…
 
In episode 257, we discuss: - The wisdom of Tolkien - Athrabeth / Estel - The Power of Enya - Guilty Pleasures - Tolkien Was Racist??? - Praise for Tolkien's Overture - and more! Join us! EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous WATCH THE VIDEO SPECIAL THANKS: Andrew T John R Ms. Anonymous Kaitlyn of Tea with Tolkien Shannon S Brian O E…
 
We start our sixth season in style by welcoming Carl F. Hostetter to the podcast! In addition to his role as chief editor of Vinyar Tengwar, Carl has authored articles on Tolkien’s languages for decades. We catch up with him about his lifetime of scholarship and his highly anticipated new edition of unpublished manuscripts by Tolkien himself: The N…
 
For this episode, Sarah talked with a researcher who looks at Tolkien's works through a lens of trauma studies: Elizabeth King! Elizabeth is a PhD student and Graduate Research assistant at the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia. Her information page on the university site says that she is currently working "on pro…
 
In episode 256, we discuss: - The Nature of Middle-earth - The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan / Carl Hostetter resemblance - LOTRonPrime theories - LOTR films criticisms - The Council of Elrond - and more! Join us! ***Ad-Free and 2 Days Early for Our Patrons*** EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous WATCH THE VIDEO LINKS - Wheel of Tim…
 
Did Tolkien really say that the Lord of the Rings is “fundamentally religious and Catholic”? Just what did he mean by that? How much does it matter for deepening our appreciation of Lord of the Rings and of Middle-earth? Join us as we explore the issue! EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous WATCH THE VIDEO CONTENTS - Disclaimer for t…
 
Why did Númenor exist? Was it simply to reward the Edain and their descendants? Or was there some greater purpose that impacted the rest of Arda, and perhaps even the Cosmos? In this episode, we are focusing on The Religion of Númenor, per a passage from Unfinished Tales' "A Description of Númenor". This is a very important topic for a number of re…
 
In early July, I published an 8 minute video on our YouTube channel titled The Silmarillion: 3 Big Problems (and How to Fix Them). For many Tolkien fans, even asserting that there are problems with a work like The Silmarillion might be considered borderline blasphemy. I might have even said the same thing several years ago! However, after our surve…
 
For this episode, I had the opportunity to speak with my good friend and brilliant Tolkien scholar: Mariana Rios Maldonado! Mariana is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow where she is interested in ethics, feminist theory, and encountering the Other in Tolkien's works. She received a grant from Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Natio…
 
Birds play a massive, iconic role in the legendarium of Middle-earth. From the great Eagles that always seem to appear at the most eucatastrophic moments to the tiny Thrush that proves the downfall of Smaug, Tolkien's love for birds seems to rise to the level of his love for languages and trees! A few months ago, long-time listener, patron, and orn…
 
Hey there, fellow travelers! What you're about to listen to is the audio from our latest video, in which we reacted to last week's big LOTRonPrime news from Amazon. We're talking about this: https://twitter.com/LOTRonPrime/status/1422255647106617359 In order to get the full effect, you should probably head on over to YouTube and watch this. Here's …
 
This week's episode is with a scholar whose interest is art history makes for some fascinating insights about illustrations of Tolkien's works: Joel Merriner. Joel is an Associate Lecturer in Art History at the University of Plymouth. He is finishing his PhD which examines the illustrations of Tolkien's work in central and eastern Europe. He presen…
 
We are delighted to welcome Carl Hostetter to The Tolkien Road! Carl is the editor of the forthcoming book The Nature of Middle-earth, the latest collection of previously unpublished writings from JRR Tolkien. EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew T, John R, Ms. Anonymous By the way, here's that preview we discussed: https://preview.aer.io/The_Nature_of_Midd…
 
While Gandalf and Aragorn ponder the evening’s events and finally identify the object of Pippin’s affections as the palantír of Orthanc, a Nazgûl flies overhead — which means it’s time for Gandalf and the sticky-fingered Took to exit, stage east. And as Shadowfax carries them over the plains at breakneck speed (not that any necks will be broken, we…
 
A ton of big news about Amazon's LOTR on Prime dropped on Tuesday (7/20/2021). In Episode 250, we discuss all of it, where it came from, how accurate it might be, and what it all means! Topics include the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien experts, nudity, Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales rights, hobbits in the Second Age, and whole lot more! EXECUTIVE PRODU…
 
With the Saruman situation handled, Gandalf settles in for a leisurely journey back to Helm’s Deep with Merry dangling behind him. Pippin, however, is obsessing over the shiny, round and apparently indestructible object Wormtongue threw out the window… and when nightfall comes, his Fool-of-a-Tookishness gets the better of him. We begin to investiga…
 
Unable to persuade Théoden, Saruman now tries to sway Gandalf, not realizing his former underling has gotten a promotion and executive sponsorship for his project since the last time they touched base. As before, Saruman totters between slick sweet-talking and explosive rage until finally Gandalf — amused/not amused — strips him of his staff and pl…
 
We talk AoS 3.0 then an increasingly-stuffy Kenny is joined by Warhammer Hero Legend, Chuck Moore, to chat Daughters of Khaine. Enjoy! Interview starts around 01.01.00 in. Strength Hammer https://www.strengthhammer.net/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClPnz1gA9VuDfEA4J9uYOAw https://twitter.com/StrengthHammer_ https://www.instagram.com/strengthham…
 
In what may become an annual tradition, we re-visit The Silmarillion's "Akallabêth", the great legend of the Rise and Fall of Númenor. And this time around, Greta leads the discussion, and shares some great insights! (Special thanks to fellow traveller Paul M for the prompt!) view The Silmarillion: 3 Big Problems (and How to Fix Them) » https://you…
 
Fully fed, fully caught up, and fully reeking of pipe-weed, our heroes enter Isengard, where Gandalf demands to speak with Saruman at the foot of Orthanc. The Until-recently-white Wizard refuses to come down or let visitors in, but the White-now-and-check-out-my-new-skills Wizard manages to get his attention, and the parley begins. But although Sar…
 
For this episode, I had the chance to talk to one of the nicest people in Tolkien scholarship: Erik Mueller-Harder! Erik's scholarly focus is on cartography and map-making. This interest has led him to closely investigate the first maps that Tolkien ever created for The Lord of the Rings, and his conference presentations on the subject are mesmeriz…
 
On episode 248, we explore the legend of Helm Hammerhand and the War of the Rohirrim, which is the subject of a forthcoming film from New Line Cinema. Helm Hammerhand artwork © TurnerMohan 2013 - 2021: (please support the artist!) view LOTR: War of the Rohirrim! 10 Things You Need to Know» https://youtu.be/nhdbV_ptkFA view The Silmarillion: 3 Big P…
 
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