The Prancing Pony Podcast – Tolkien and 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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079 - Smaug Gets Quite Irate
3 days ago
In the second half of Chapter 12 of The Hobbit, Bilbo returns to Smaug’s lair to find the dragon waiting for him. Luckily he has on his ring, but the dragon senses his presence, and soon he is locked in a battle of wits with the wily worm. Bilbo’s Tookish side comes out as he plays at riddles, but Smaug quickly turns from cunning to cranky, and looks for someone to take out his aggression on. Before any of that, however, we have a little fun with young Tolkien’s first dragon story, explore a rare biblical reference in Middle-earth, and engage in some wild speculation on the identity of the mysterious King Bladorthin.
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