066 – A Slaying Song Tonight: An Interview with Michael Drout

Alan and Shawn are delighted to welcome Michael Drout to The Prancing Pony Podcast! As co-founder and co-editor of the journal Tolkien Studies and multiple books on the Professor, Drout is one of the most prolific Tolkien scholars in the field today. We talk to him about his personal discovery of Tolkien, the future of Tolkien studies and fandom, and Beowulf. Plus, we discuss the very highest quality of The Lord of the Rings Online players, and how to write a new Old English poem more well-known than some of the originals.

Follow Michael Drout online at his website, http://michaeldrout.com, or on Twitter (@MikeDrout)

For information about the latest issue of Tolkien Studies, see West Virginia University Press here: http://wvupressonline.com/journals/tolkien_studies

To see the lecture “How To Read J.R.R. Tolkien” given by Michael Drout at Carnegie Mellon University, see here: https://youtu.be/lXAvF9p8nmM

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Recommended Reading:

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays (HarperCollins, paperback)

Drout, Michael D. C., ed. J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment (Routledge, paperback)

Shippey, Tom. The Road to Middle-Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology (Mariner Books, paperback)