The Prancing Pony Podcast – Tolkien’s Middle-earth
About This Show
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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045 – Just Can’t Get Enough
5 days ago
The first of two episodes on the Akallabêth, the story of Númenor. At the outset of the Second Age, the Valar reward the Edain with wisdom, long life and their own private island in the Great Sea. The Númenóreans become legendary seafarers, sailing east to the edge of Arda and bringing knowledge back to Middle-earth. But the Valar forbid them to sail west in search of the Undying Lands, and soon the Númenóreans begin to yearn for the one thing they cannot have: immortality. We look into Tolkien's essays and letters to see what happens to mortals who do come to Aman, and dabble in genealogy with questionable results.
Rated 5 out of
Exactly what a Tolkien podcast should be!
Seriously -- the right blend of scholarly knowledge and funny banter! Alan and Shawn know their stuff, but don't take themselves too seriously -- and they know when to have a little fun with the source material, too. If you're even a little bit of a Tolkien fan, you owe yourselves the time to give this podcast a try. Can't wait 'til they get to the more 'accessible' works like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but their work on The Silmarillion has been spectacular!
Date published: 2016-07-17
Rated 5 out of
An amazing journey so far, thrilled to think that there is so much more to come. An incredibly comprehensive podcast, brilliantly examining the work of Tolkien with extraordinary knowledge, emotion and humour.
Date published: 2017-06-05