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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 ...
 
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
 
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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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…
 
Curtis joins Kenny to share some first impressions of the AoS 3.0 FAQ which dropped the day of recording, talking Duardin and a lot of new potential. Then BL author Richard Strachan returns to the show to talk his books, The End of Enlightenment and Warcry novels. Enjoy! Interview with Richard Strachan starts around 0:42:45 @Richstrach Our previous…
 
It’s time for another live Q&A episode, this time with more questions than ever before heard on a single episode of the Prancing Pony Podcast! Join Alan and Shawn as we field questions on Entish names, thralldom in Valinor, the unbearable vagueness of Gandalf, and the powers of the Elven Rings. A conversation about the importance of refuge in Middl…
 
On episode 247, John visits with Michael Jahosky, author of the book The Good News of the Return of the King. Purchase The Good News of the Return of the King» https://amzn.to/3gSos5d For more info on Michael, visit his website » https://mythicmission.com/ Topics include: - Michael's inspiration for this book » 5:15 - Lord of the Rings as Michael's…
 
The epic flashback continues as Pippin and Merry continue their story with a play-by-play account of the destruction of Isengard, expertly managed by their new partners at Fangorn, Bregalad and Associates. We catch up on Wormtongue’s whereabouts since being forcibly relocated, and see why Treebeard’s not giving up his day job to be a swim instructo…
 
For this episode, Sara sat down with our good friend and 'Tolkienian Astronomer': Dr. Kristine Larsen! Kristine is a professor of astronomy at Central Connecticut State University. Her research and teaching focus in the sometimes uncomfortable points of intersection between science and society, including: women in science,; misconceptions, conspira…
 
It’s a bit late but we discuss some early AoS 3rd ed news then BL author, David Guymer, joins us to talk Ossiarch Bonereapers, Skaven, and his book from Aconyte Books: The Shield of Daqan. David Guymer interview at around 39 minutes in Follow David on Twitter @WarlordGuymer Check out the book https://aconytebooks.com/shop/the-shield-of-daqan-by-dav…
 
On episode 246, we complete our journey through The History of Middle-earth series as we survey volume 12, The Peoples of Middle-earth. See my video "LOTR: War of the Rohirrim - 10 Things You Need to Know": https://youtu.be/nhdbV_ptkFA Topics include: - Gollum's Age - The Blue Wizards and the Second Age (!!!) - Glorfindel - Cirdan - Teachings of Pe…
 
The reunited members of the Fellowship of the Ring (minus Gandalf, who’s off hobnobbing with kings and trees) get some valuable bro time amid the flotsam and jetsam of Isengard. Merry and Pippin have a lot to account for — and an angry Dwarf to appease — so they ply their friends with salted pork and pipe-weed while catching them up on the story si…
 
On episode 245, we continue our journey through The History of Middle-earth series as we survey volume 11, The War of the Jewels. Topics include: What is "The War of the Jewels"? The Wanderings of Húrin The early Tale of Years (for the First Age) Ents and Eagles Quendi and Eldar and more! Join us! Become a patron of The Tolkien Road. For more on th…
 
The company reaches Isengard and discovers that property values have tanked in recent months, and it’s no wonder why when they see how poorly Saruman’s been maintaining his yard. Holes in the ground fume and glow with unnatural light, the place is flooded, and piles of stone and broken masonry hint at some recent battle. But strangest of all to the…
 
For this episode, Sarah had the opportunity to talk with a blogger and fan who is new to the scene compared to our other guests, but she is already having an impact: Putri Prihatini! Putri writes the blog 'The Loremaster: Blog Tolkien Indonesia' where she writes posts in Indonesian and in English. Her article "Greed and Blood: Powerful Objects in T…
 
Oh snap, Morgoth has a RING??? This episode is brought to you by Eternal Flame, the new Tolkien-inspired album from musical artist Blind May See. Check it out now! BlindMaySee.com On Episode 244, we continue our journey through The History of Middle-earth series as we survey volume 10, Morgoth's Ring. Discover: Alternate versions of "Ainulindalë" T…
 
As the company exits the mysterious forest, Legolas looks back and is enchanted by the trees and their eyes — a perfectly ordinary thing for trees to have, obviously. Before Gimli makes a run for it out of pure self-preservation, Legolas is snapped out of it by Gandalf, who offers no real explanation (again) and urges them to press on along the roa…
 
Shawn returns to talk some Soulblight Gravelords then Josh from Get The Ref podcast comes on to have that long-awaited interview talking Blood Bowl! Enjoy! *The Soulblight Gravelords battle tome was supplied by Games Workshop as a complimentary review copy. Thanks, GW! * Josh’s Blood Bowl Interview starts at 01:13:49 Josh Gatner @jgatner “Get the R…
 
This episode is brought to you by Eternal Flame, the new Tolkien-inspired album from musical artist Blind May See. Check it out now! BlindMaySee.com On Episode 243, we continue our journey through The History of Middle-earth series as we examine the second half of volume 9, Sauron Defeated, which is the fourth and final volume focused on the textua…
 
After a long night, the heroes of Helm’s Deep reunite on the grass by a stream near a forest that, uh, wasn’t there yesterday… but we’ll get to that later. Legolas and Gimli check the final score of Uruk Slayfest 3019, showing the Dwarf ahead by a head, but less interested in bragging rights than in the Glittering Caves he found in the Deep. Gandal…
 
I cannot believe I get to write the following sentence: For this episode of the podcast, I was able to talk to the legendary animator who brought The Lord of the Rings to life in the 1970: Ralph Bakshi! Ralph Bakshi is most well known to our listeners as the director of the 1978 The Lord of the Rings animated movie. Ralph's work in animation is rev…
 
This episode is brought to you by Eternal Flame, the new Tolkien-inspired album from musical artist Blind May See. Check it out now! BlindMaySee.com On Episode 242, we continue our journey through The History of Middle-earth series as we survey volume 9, Sauron Defeated, which is the fourth and final volume focused on the textual history of The Lor…
 
If you missed out on the PPP’s first-ever digital moot, here’s a chance to hear what you missed — or relive it, if you were there — in this episode recorded live during the second day of the moot! Alan and Shawn invited all attendees to join and ask any question, and they did… from fate and free will in Tolkien’s works (again), to underwater SPBMI,…
 
On Episode 241, we are continuing our journey through The History of Middle-earth series as we survey volume 8, The War of the Ring, which is the third of 4 volumes dealing with the textual history of The Lord of the Rings. Discover: A different version of Helm's Deep Tolkien's early sketches of Orthanc How Sam Gamgee was almost Sam Goodchild "Nice…
 
An explosion rocks the Deeping Wall, and soon there are more as Saruman’s blasting fires make what little hope the heroes had go up in smoke. But as dawn approaches, Aragorn still believes that victory may come with the new day, and Théoden realizes it’s better to burn out than fade away. We see Gimli’s martial prowess on display, investigate what …
 
This episode, we are so excited to share out interview with renowned Tolkien scholar Dr. Verlyn Flieger! Her scholarly publications include: A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien's Road to Faerie, winner of the 1998 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies; Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World; Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on the Hist…
 
On Episode 240, we are continuing our journey through The History of Middle-earth series as we survey volume 7, The Treason of Isengard, which is the second of 4 volumes dealing with the textual history of The Lord of the Rings. In this volume, we discover rejected plot points, first appearances of Saruman and the Balrog known as Durin's Bane, and …
 
The Rohirrim, led by Théoden and Éomer (with lots of help from Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli), man the Deeping Wall and the Hornburg as Saruman’s assault on Helm’s Deep begins. A quick flash of lightning in the darkness reveals overwhelming odds, but Aragorn and Éomer draw swords together and keep morale high, even while rammers nearly break through …
 
On Episode 239, we are continuing our journey through The History of Middle-earth series as we survey volume 6, The Return of the Shadow, which is the first of 4 volumes dealing with the textual history of The Lord of the Rings. In this volume, we learn about Frodo's and Strider's original names, Bilbo's marriage, Treebeard's first appearance, and …
 
Théoden and Gandalf lead the host of the Rohirrim towards the fords of the Isen to strengthen the forces holding back Saruman’s army. But when they meet a rider coming back from the front line with news of defeat, Théoden takes Gandalf’s counsel and changes course for Helm’s Deep and the mighty fortress of the Hornburg. We look at Unfinished Tales …
 
Our guest for this episode is a very well-respected artist in Tolkien circles: Jenny Dolfen! Jenny has been a freelance illustrator since 2003, and has gained notoriety for her work inspired by Tolkien's texts. She has won the Tolkien Society Award for Best Art three times, in 2014, 2018, and 2020! In this interview, Sarah talks to Jenny about her …
 
On episode 238, we are continuing our tour of The History of Middle-earth series as we survey Volume 5, The Lost Road and Other Writings! The Lost Road and Other Writings contains Tolkien's earliest writings on the legend of Númenor, as well as updated timelines for the Silmarillion and the last version of The Silmarillion he wrote before writing T…
 
Théoden offers Wormtongue one last chance to redeem himself, but the counsellor is disinclined to acquiesce to his lord’s request. As Gríma’s stain is (literally) washed away, Gandalf and the king catch up on the history of Saruman’s treachery and the damage already done in Rohan before riding out to do something about it, leaving the fearless and …
 
On episode 237, we are continuing our tour of The History of Middle-earth series as we survey Volume 4, The Shaping of Middle-earth! The Shaping of Middle-earth contains summaries and timetables of the important events from the Elder Days. Join us! Become a patron of The Tolkien Road. Leave a tip. For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podca…
 
Upon entering the Golden Hall, Gandalf is challenged once again; this time by Wormtongue, the king’s counsellor who may not exactly have Rohan’s best interests in mind. Gandalf puts the worm in its place (before Gimli can dissect it for smack-talking Galadriel) and then leads Théoden out into the light, to healing and hope for victory against Iseng…
 
Our guest this week is a viral sensation on TikTok and has recently made the move to YouTube: Willie Jenkins! Willie Jenkins is a super fan of Tolkien! He also has a magnetic personality and a desire to teach. These things have combined to make him a hit as he puts together short videos that summarize different characters or events from Tolkien's w…
 
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…
 
Our guest this week is a consummate Tolkien scholar and academic: Chris Vaccaro! Chris is the editor of two collections of scholarship about J.R.R. Tolkien: The Body in Tolkien’s Legendarium (2013) and Tolkien and Alterity (2017). He is also the organizer of the annual Tolkien in Vermont conference and a co-organizer of the Tolkien at Kalamazoo gro…
 
Shawn leads us on a look at the new Drukhari codex then we are joined for an Ask a Hobby Expert with phenomenal army painter, Martin Orlando, to talk painting your Lumineth army--whether an existing collector, or one getting ready for wave 2 of models to arrive in the current preorder. Check out Martin's reference pictures as well as follow him on …
 
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…
 
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