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.

Introducing Prancing Pony Ponderings!

Beloved listeners – we hope you are as excited as we are to hear about the debut of a new section of our website: Prancing Pony Ponderings!

Before Alan and Shawn embarked upon the Prancing Pony Podcast, we were discussing our ideas in a Facebook group through short essays focused on specific themes in Tolkien’s work as illustrated in favorite passages from the books. We’ve always wanted to take this idea to the next level, and now we’ve decided to do just that.

New podcast episodes are released every other week, so follow this blog and our social media feeds to catch Prancing Pony Ponderings on the weekends between episodes! The first essay is by our Man of the West, Alan Sisto, and will be released this Sunday, October 2.