189 episodes

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 two guys you'd want to hang out with at a pub and talk Tolkien with.

The Prancing Pony Podcast Alan Sisto & Shawn Marchese

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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 two guys you'd want to hang out with at a pub and talk Tolkien with.

    188 - Questions After Nightfall 13

    188 - Questions After Nightfall 13

    While Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli look for their horses, we welcome listeners to the common-room for our last live Q&A episode of 2020! As always, the questions are unrehearsed, so hearing us muddle through head-scratchers like “Do Orcs have free will?” is as entertaining as expected. We speculate on what Lobelia might have done if the One Ring had fallen into her hands along with Bilbo’s spoons, get into chains and bondage with Beren and Lúthien, and more. Plus, what were the guys hoping to do if they actually caught up to the Uruk-hai?

    • 1 hr 26 min
    187 - The Old Man and the Coconuts

    187 - The Old Man and the Coconuts

    Éomer bends the rules “just this once” to let the wanderers go free in Rohan, and even lends them cocon— uh, horses* to ride, on the condition that after they find the bodies— uh, their friends*, they return the rentals to Edoras in good condition and hand the keys back directly to Théoden King. They ride quickly to the Entwash and camp near the edge of Fangorn Forest, where a mysterious visitor appears and makes them wish they’d sprung for the loss damage waiver. (*We apologize for the fault in the blurbs. Those responsible have been sacked.)

    • 1 hr 36 min
    186 - A Man That Has No Coconut

    186 - A Man That Has No Coconut

    Éomer, Third Marshal of the Riddermark, demands proper identification from the Three Hunters, and Aragorn gives it to him by name-dropping a lineage going back three thousand years and unsheathing a sword even older than that. In one of the greatest “okaayyy” moments in Tolkien’s legendarium, Éomer accepts their explanation and proceeds to catch them up on current events in this region where Saruman’s betrayal is more than just a rumor. Also, word-nerdery on another Old English word for a horse… hint: it’s not coconætt.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    185 - Proud Riders on Proud Coconuts

    185 - Proud Riders on Proud Coconuts

    The Three Hunters continue their pursuit across the plains, their hearts growing wearier due to the physical effects of Saruman’s opposing will. A new sunrise brings new counsel, and a chance meeting (if chance you call it) with an éored of Rohan’s finest; but the Riders are strong and bold, much like the cocon— er, horses they ride, and they don’t take too kindly to strangers in Elvish cloaks. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at our character voices, a sidebar on the history of Rohan, and a closer examination of just what Legolas’ elf-eyes see.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    184 - The Land of the Coconut-Lords

    184 - The Land of the Coconut-Lords

    Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli pursue the Orcs taking Merry and Pippin through Rohan, where the folk of Eorl raise the greatest cocon— uh, horses. Real-life horses. But the Orcs are moving quickly, not stopping by night or by day; and for the three weary hunters to stop and rest might mean losing their trail. We pause to remember some late-October dates in a new This Week in Tolkien History, and pick out Halloween costumes for the Fellowship. Plus, no African or European swallows here, just an eagle… and why is Aragorn lying down on the job?

    • 1 hr 39 min
    183 - Wind and Brothering

    183 - Wind and Brothering

    The three remaining members of the Fellowship of the Ring (as far as they know) prepare Boromir for his last journey down the Anduin, and as the son of Denethor floats away they eulogize their fallen comrade… in song form! Then it’s back to business as they solve the riddle of what happened to the hobbits, and as they weigh their decision of which way to go, Aragorn steps into the leadership role he was born for. Plus, how to write a touching elegy for a friend in just a few minutes, and we beat Tolkien to the punch with a little interlacing of our own.

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

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Daddio the Magnificent ,

A Podcast Listener is never late !

It’s October 2020 and I am currently listening to the PPP on The Hobbit. Eventually I will catch up with where they are at live ! I came to the podcast originally as I needed help with The Silmarillion and am now hooked. As a Brit living in Ireland, I have to say that at this time in the world the USA is getting some pretty bad press internationally. However Shawn and Alan are great ambassadors for their country and will restore your faith in America ! They are intelligent, funny, have a real love for all things Tolkien, and what most impresses is their real humility and friendship - there is never a sense of rivalry or one-upmanship between them. They respect each other, and draw you in to their warm conversation. Highly recommended.

TNT2key ,

A great companion on your Tolkien journey

Like the road itself, the Prancing Pony Podcast goes ever on and thanks be to Iluvatar for it!
Alan and Shawn are wonderful companions on your journey through the Lord of the Rings and the complex world of Tolkien’s Legendarium bringing characters and themes in these incredible works of art to life.
I had read the main books several times and always enjoyed them as exciting stories and adventures to pass away the hours. Now having discovered the PP podcast, my journey has become a whole different experience. The insight and knowledge the guys bring (not to mention their sense of humour) enriches your reading and reveals the depths of genius of this amazing storyteller.
Thank you for all the hard work and scholarship you put into every episode. I look forward to it eagerly each week.

Cormac Quish ,

Exceptional

I have come late to this podcast. I have been working my way through it over the last 18 months and am staggered by the insight, scholarship, love and estel that I have found herein. I am forty years old, read the hobbit at nine, the trilogy at 12 and at least once every year thereafter. I have consumed every part of the legendarium since, multiple times and loved it all. Like others, I’ve lived my life, built a career, a business and a family, but all the while with this world in the background as somewhere I have drawn inspiration and solace from though I drifted from it and the great morality found within. This podcast has lead to a rediscovery of and a deeper understanding of the professor’s work and reawakened a part of my soul and lead me back to being a better self and father. Exceptional
Cormac

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