Good evening, little masters!

The Prancing Pony Podcast is a biweekly podcast about the Middle-earth legendarium of J.R.R. Tolkien, hosted by Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese. We are passionate Tolkien enthusiasts inviting listeners to enjoy our detailed exploration of Tolkien’s work, with smart but straightforward discussion and a heavy dose of humor!

In each episode we cover a chapter of Tolkien’s works: reading our favorite passages, discussing recurring themes, and highlighting connections to other Middle-earth tales, to showcase the rich tapestry woven by this master storyteller. As of winter 2017 we are working our way through The Silmarillion, and will start on The Hobbit later this year.

We believe even Tolkien’s most formidable works can be accessible to anyone. We wish to open the door to this beloved author for whoever wants to enter, and like the common-room of the Prancing Pony inn in Bree, we welcome every traveler through Middle-earth – from hobbits newly setting on out on their first adventures, to wizards well-versed in the ancient lore – to join in the conversation by asking questions and offering their thoughts through our mailbag (Barliman’s Bag) and social media.

To hear our latest episodes, select Podcast Episodes. You can also find short essays about Tolkien’s works by the co-hosts at Prancing Pony Ponderings.


The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, YouTube, and TuneIn. To subscribe, search for us in your favorite podcast app or visit this page for help.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter so you can join the conversation in the common-room!

For comments and questions for Barliman’s Bag, contact us at theprancingponypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.  Don’t forget to replace the words in parentheses with the usual symbols!


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