Deadline Extended! – Tolkien’s 125th Birthday Giveaway

A very special thank you to those who have taken the time to submit their thoughts about Tolkien for our 125th birthday tribute to the Professor on January 3! We love the submissions we’ve received so far, and we want to make sure we have a chance to hear from more of you! So we are extending the deadline by one week.

That’s right, you now have seven more days to send in your thoughts about Tolkien for our 125th birthday tribute! The new deadline is December 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST – that’s 7:59 a.m. UTC on December 5!

The request is still the same: send us your thoughts by email in 125 words or less, or email us an audio file of 45 seconds or less to theprancingponypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com. We’ll read (or play) as many submissions as we can on our January 3 episode … but whether we read/play yours or not, you’ll be eligible for our drawing for a copy of the newly-released Facsimile First Edition of The Hobbit!

We are also extending the deadline for our other giveaway. Just send a question to Barliman’s Bag before December 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST and you’ll be eligible for a drawing to win a copy of The Art of the Lord of the Rings, by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.

See details and limitations here. And don’t forget to tune in to our January 3 episode to find out who wins!

Last Chance! – Tolkien’s 125th Birthday Giveaway

There are only five days left to enter our two Tolkien’s 125th Birthday Giveaways!

Send in a question to Barliman’s Bag before November 27 to enter for a chance to win a copy of The Art of the Lord of the Rings, a beautifully-curated collection of Tolkien’s own artwork edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.

Even better, send in your thoughts in 125 words or less on what Tolkien means to you by November 27 for a chance to win a copy of the newly-released Facsimile First Edition of The Hobbit! Send us an email to read, or send us audio to play, and we’ll include your tributes in our January 3 special!

Details and limitations on both drawings, and instructions for audio submissions, are on our website here. There are only five days left, so email theprancingponypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com to enter today!

025 – Watch Your Language

In Chapter 15 of The Silmarillion, Turgon heeds Ulmo’s warning and begins the construction of the hidden city of Gondolin. The truth finally comes out about why the Noldor returned to Beleriand, and Thingol is not pleased. Plus a special announcement about our Tolkien’s 125th Birthday Giveaway, and tips for goodlier speaking from a teenage Tolkien.

Listen to the episode here or on YouTube

Subscribe to the podcast via:

Comments or questions for Barliman’s Bag:

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  • Comment on this blog post
  • Email theprancingponypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.

Recommended Reading:

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Silmarillion (Mariner Books, paperback) pp. 125-130, “Of the Noldor in Beleriand”

Tolkien, J. R. R. (Christopher Tolkien, ed.) The War of the Jewels (The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11) (HarperCollins, paperback)

 

Turning Point

In my previous essay for the Prancing Pony Ponderings series, I wrote of Frodo’s meeting with the Elves of Gildor Inglorion’s company in the Woody End in Book I of The Lord of the Rings as an initiation into the mythic world, and found in that topic an excuse to count pages and words. This time around, I turn to another transition point later in the story; and not to be outdone by myself, I am not only counting pages, but I have also prepared a line graph. (In my next Prancing Pony Pondering, I intend to use integral calculus to prove that Tom Bombadil is Eru Ilúvatar.¹)

There are approximately 1145 pages in the standard paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings – including appendices, indices and forewords – making the midpoint of the text the chapter encompassing pp. 562-573: Book III, Chapter X, “The Voice of Saruman.” Continue reading

024 – Territories

It’s a small world, after all. Take a trip around the map with Alan and Shawn in Chapter 14 of The Silmarillion, Tolkien’s extensive description of the geography and realms of the Elves in Beleriand. Also, we receive a lesson in Dwarvish pronunciation from a listener and get up close and personal with a personal pronoun. And what’s that voice in the distance? Sounds like a very deep woodwind instrument.

For more information on the Khuzdul language and insights on all things Dwarvish, visit The Dwarrow Scholar (dwarrowscholar.com) by listener Roy.

For more insights on Tolkien’s work and his medieval literary and linguistic influences, visit the blog Alas, not me (alasnotme.blogspot.com) by listener Tom H.

Also in this episode, Shawn brings up a poem by Tolkien that cycles through the seasons, but whose title he can’t quite remember. The poem is “The Trees of Kortirion” (a.k.a.”Kortirion among the Trees”) from “The Cottage of Lost Play” in The Book of Lost Tales Part One.

Listen to the episode here or on YouTube

Subscribe to the podcast via:

Comments or questions for Barliman’s Bag:

  • Visit us at Facebook or Twitter
  • Comment on this blog post
  • Email theprancingponypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.

Recommended Reading:

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Silmarillion (Mariner Books, paperback) pp. 118-124, “Of Beleriand and its Realms”

Tolkien, J. R. R. (Christopher Tolkien, ed.) The Book of Lost Tales Part One (The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1) (Del Rey, paperback)

Carpenter, Humphrey. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography (Houghton Mifflin, paperback)

Tolkien’s 125th Birthday Giveaway!

We are pleased to share a special announcement! On January 3, The Prancing Pony Podcast will be releasing a special episode in honor of Professor Tolkien’s 125th birthday – and just like a good hobbit, we are giving away gifts to celebrate! We’ll be drawing the names of two lucky winners.

The first drawing is really straightforward: anyone who has submitted a question to Barliman’s Bag since the beginning of the podcast – up until the deadline of November 27 – will be eligible. So, if you haven’t sent us a question, get one in to us by November 27 and you’ll be eligible for this drawing. The prize? A copy of The Art of the Lord of the Rings: a beautifully-curated collection of Tolkien’s own artwork edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.

The second drawing is even more fun. In our birthday special, we’ll be raising our glasses to toast the Professor, and we invite you to join us by sending us your thoughts on what Tolkien means to you! You can submit this to us in writing or – here’s where it gets fun – send an audio file for us to play on the show. We’ll try to read or play all submissions, unless we get too many and have to choose. But whether we share yours on the show or not, you’ll be eligible for the drawing: a copy of the newly-released Facsimile First Edition of The Hobbit, your first chance in decades to read the story as it was originally published before Tolkien changed it in 1951.

Whether sending written comments or audio, we ask that you keep your submissions to 125 words or less, in keeping with the theme of 125 years of Tolkien and so we can hear from as many of you as possible. Please make sure to include your name and location at the beginning – for example, “Alan S from California … hoom, hm, hrum”. We may not be able to convert or cut audio files, so please keep them to 45 seconds or less (that’s about how long it takes to read 125 words) and submit them in 96kbps or higher .mp3 format as an email attachment to theprancingponypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.

Although it pains us to say this, we are but humble podcast hosts, and cannot cover shipping costs of hardcover books to Tol Eressëa or Far Harad. Though anyone can win, we can only ship the books to US addresses. Our apologies.

Please remember that the deadline for both drawings is November 27 at 11:59 p.m. PST – that’s 7:59 a.m. on Nov. 28 UTC – so get your questions to Barliman and your thoughts in honor of the Professor to us before then at theprancingponypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.