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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074 – A Mandate From the Masses
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Please keep your arms and legs inside the barrels at all times, until the ride comes to a complete stop in Lake-town where our heroes arrive, barely, in Chapter 10 of The Hobbit. Most of the Lake-towners have forgotten the past, but some still sing about the return of a nigh-legendary King under the Mountain. While Thorin soaks up the town’s adoration, only Bilbo seems to realize that the Mountain has not been won yet, and the most dangerous part of the journey is yet to come. We take a moment to appreciate the vast improvement in the depiction of Dwarves from Tolkien’s earliest writings, and look again at fate and free will.
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