The Prancing Pony Podcast is going weekly!

Last month, about this time, I provided a pretty lengthy State of the Podcast post, letting you all know the things we’re working on here at The Prancing Pony Podcast. To recap, here are some of the things we’ve done, all starting with the launch of Season 2:

  • Improved recording quality
  • Better post-processing tools
  • New content segments
  • New iOS11 episode organization
  • Exclusive patron content

If it weren’t for the support of members of The Fellowship of the Podcast, we wouldn’t have been able to make some of the improvements we’ve made. But our most recent change — the one we’re announcing today — is the biggest step we’ve ever taken and it’s all because of our patrons…

Recently, our Patreon family helped us reach our second goal — and as a result, we are pleased to announce that, starting with our very next episode, Shawn and I will be releasing The Prancing Pony Podcast on a weekly basis. That’s right: no more waiting two weeks to hear our take on the latest chapter of The Hobbit — every week, you’ll be getting a new episode to take you through your daily commutes, your morning workouts, or whatever it is you do while you’re listening to us1.

We’ve mapped out our schedule through the end of The Hobbit and, barring any setbacks, this new schedule means we should finish our discussion of it sometime near the beginning of the summer! It took us 38 episodes (not including our specials and interviews) to go through the 289 pages of The Silmarillion, for an average of 7.6 pages per episode. The Hobbit is of similar length, but we figure we’ll go through it at a quicker pace. We’ll also have specials — including our new Questions After Nightfall sessions — and maybe an interview or two, so mid-June sounds about right. We hope you’ll enjoy the journey There and Back Again as you walk alongside us!


1 We like to think of you sitting in a comfy chair, Hobbit in hand, a cup of your favorite beverage on a nearby table, with all your attention focused on our analysis, banter and witty repartee, but we know that many of you don’t have any more spare time than we do.

New Outtake for August!

While you wait for our first-ever full-length video episode 050 to come out next Sunday (August 27), we have a new outtake for you from one of our final episodes on The Silmarillion!

If you missed any of our recent outtakes, see page 4 of the Outtakes section. Or view all of them starting here, and check back regularly for more silly mistakes and self-mockery from your hosts!

Guest spot on DSRA Podcast!

After welcoming a few guests to the Prancing Pony Podcast over the past 18 months, we’re pleased to announce that for the first time ever, we’ve had the chance to guest on somebody else’s great podcast!

A few days ago, we sat down with the team from the DSRA Podcast (Dragons, Sexy Robots, & Adventures) to talk about Beren and Lúthien. They’re big fans of Tolkien’s work, and we had a great time talking to them about the new publication. They even let us read some of our favorite passages!

Go check out the episode here, and then visit their website and feed for further explorations of all things nerd at Dragons, Sexy Robots, & Adventures Podcast

New Outtakes for July!

Just in time for our Patreon campaign which launched July 5, here’s a pretty stroke of fortune: a chance for Alan and Shawn to show their quality!

That’s right, we have new Outtakes up from our last few episodes! We offer The Simpsons impressions, Shawn fails to grasp a basic time travel concept, and more… including the return of Alan’s ancient nemesis.

The newest outtakes are on page 4, starting from #34. Or view all of them starting here, and check back regularly for more laughs at our expense!

New Outtakes here from #34

Patreon Campaign is Live!

We need your sword, your bow, your axe! Come and join the Fellowship of the Podcast by becoming a patron on Patreon! You’ll have a chance to help us do more for our listeners, and at the same time, get great rewards like bonus episodes, signed postcards, T-shirts, and chances to join us live on the Prancing Pony Podcast!

Please watch the short video below to find out more, or visit our Patreon page for details. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get your questions answered, or send us your questions or comments to theprancingponypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com!

Thank you for your support!

Patreon Launch Announcement!

Alan and Shawn are pleased to announce the start of our upcoming Patreon campaign! The short video below tells you nearly everything you need to know for now. The rest of the details will come out between now and our official launch date of July 5.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news, and send us your questions or comments to theprancingponypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com!

The Summer of the Prancing Pony

Alan and Shawn went live on Facebook Friday to talk about all the exciting things we have coming up this summer! Watch the video below, and subscribe now to catch all the good stuff as soon as it comes out!

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news, and send us your questions or comments to theprancingponypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com!

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!