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 Project questions.
30 - Jenny Dolfen
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 experiences with Tolkien, painting or drawing inspired by his work, and how she interacts with fandom. We hope you enjoy it!
29 - Willie Jenkins
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 work on TikTok and YouTube, where he is known as Knewbettadobetta.
Video of this interview is available to our patrons at Patreon.com/tolkienexperience!
28 - Chris Vaccaro
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 group, which organizes conference panels and an annual symposium.
Video of this interview is available exclusively to our patrons on Patreon!
27 - Molly Ostertag
Molly Ostertag is is known for her work on several animated series, including Star vs. The Forces of Evil, The Owl House, and ThunderCats Roar. She is also a New York Times Bestselling author who enjoys writing Lord of the Rings fanfiction and fan comics. Her most exciting recent work is her award winning The Witch Boy series. I am so delighted to share our interview with you, where we talk about being her experience as a fantasy writer and a Tolkien fan!
26 -- Bruce Hopkins
Our guest this week is the first one we have had who worked on the Peter Jackson adaptations of The Lord of the Rings!
Bruce Hopkins played the character Gamling in the three films released at the beginning of the millennium. He shares with us his own journey as a Tolkien reader, as well as some stories from the set and his personal trek across New Zealand! His trip across New Zealand is available as a mini-series on YouTube!
25 - Diverse Tolkien
For this week's episode of the Tolkien Experience Podcast, I am very excited to share our interview with the creator of Diverse Tolkien!
While she does not want me to use her name, the creator of Diverse Tolkien can be found on Twitter and Tumblr where she focuses on discussing anti-blackness in Tolkien's work and in the fan community. She wanted to let you know about Diverse Tolkien Week, happening during the last week of February!
So glad I came across this with my son. Two episodes in and he’s asking if our library has books by the authors being interviewed.
The PPP sent me 🧙♂️
Luke's Tolkien Experience project comes to our earbuds with this podcast. Luke and Sara ask great questions and allow their guests the floor to discuss all thing Tolkien. It's a fun and enjoyable podcast, displaying the breadth of the Tolkien fandom. I highly recommend it!