7 episodes

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.

The Tolkien Experience Podcast Sara Brown and Luke Shelton

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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.

    07 - Corey Olsen (Part 2)

    07 - Corey Olsen (Part 2)

    This month, we have a special two-part interview for you! We are elated to have as our guest the Tolkien Professor himself: Corey Olsen!
    This is the second part of our interview, so please make sure to go back and listen to part one to make sure you don't miss anything!
    Dr. Olsen is perhaps the most prolific and popular Tolkien podcaster in the world. His series like Exploring The Lord of the Rings, The Mythgard Academy, and The Silmarillion Film Project are recorded with live audiences each week, and he has thousands of listeners. The Tolkien Professor also has a nice book which walks readers through The Hobbit. We are so thankful that Corey could take the time to talk with us for a special, extended interview!

    • 38 min
    06 - Corey Olsen (Part 1)

    06 - Corey Olsen (Part 1)

    This month, we have a special two-part interview for you! We are elated to have as our guest the Tolkien Professor himself: Corey Olsen!
    Dr. Olsen is perhaps the most prolific and popular Tolkien podcaster in the world. His series like Exploring The Lord of the Rings, The Mythgard Academy, and The Silmarillion Film Project are recorded with live audiences each week, and he has thousands of listeners. The Tolkien Professor also has a nice book which walks readers through The Hobbit. We are so thankful that Corey could take the time to talk with us for a special, extended interview. So if you enjoy this episode, make sure to subscribe and watch out for part two, coming just two weeks from today!

    • 48 min
    05 - Shaun Gunner

    05 - Shaun Gunner

    Our next guest on the Tolkien Experience Podcast has been the chair of the Tolkien Society since 2013.
    According to the society's website, Shaun "regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences." We are so happy he could make time to talk with us for this episode!

    • 48 min
    04 - James Tauber

    04 - James Tauber

    Our next guest on the Tolkien Experience Podcast wears many, dare we say geeky, hats. He is the founder and CEO of Eldarion, he helps develop tools for the digital humanities, he loves ancient languages, and he is the creator of DigitalTolkien.com: James Tauber!
    All of James's projects are impressive, but perhaps the one that most of our listeners will be drawn to is his work at DigitalTolkien.com. There James has been working on analyzing textual variants in The Silmarillion. He has also been working to apply the tools used in other areas of digital humanities to Tolkien's texts. You can visit his website, or listen to the episode, for more information about these projects. We are delighted that he could join us!

    • 28 min
    03 - Andrew Higgins

    03 - Andrew Higgins

    Our next guest on the Tolkien Experience Podcast is a Tolkien scholar and linguist who has very quickly become influential in the field of Tolkien Studies: Dr. Andrew Higgins!
    Dr. Higgins completed his PhD on the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien's mythology in 2015. His doctoral research was a holistic examination of Tolkien's earliest works in order to gain a new critical framework to examine Tolkien's 'early imaginative language invention'. He has also co-edited a critical edition of Tolkien's A Secret Vice with Dimitra Fimi. This volume won the 2017 Tolkien Society Award for Best Book! We are delighted that he was able to be our guest for the podcast, and we hope you enjoy the interview!

    • 33 min
    02 - Janet Brennan Croft

    02 - Janet Brennan Croft

    Our second guest on the Tolkien Experience Podcast is an editor, scholar, and librarian who has been a prolific contributor to the field of Tolkien studies: Janet Brennan Croft!
    Janet Brennan Croft is the editor of Mythlore, one of the most well-respected English-language peer-reviewed journals in the world that focuses on Tolkien and other mythopoeic literature. In addition to editing this influential journal, Croft has edited several collected volumes of scholarship, and is perhaps best known for her monograph: War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, which won the 2005 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies. We are very excited that she agreed to be our guest for the podcast, and we hope you enjoy the interview!

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

Liamqd ,

Easy and fun

Laid out in such a way that it’s very easy to follow. More importantly and it’s great to hear aspects of people’s love for Tolkien’s fantasy and scholarly works.

BraveSirKevin ,

Early Start

I know it’s a little early to judge but I am looking forward to hearing more interviews from the Tolkien Scholars and fans.

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