Mythmoot V Announcement!

We are thrilled to announce that The Prancing Pony Podcast has been invited to take part in Mythmoot V as guests! We will be broadcasting a LIVE episode from the conference on Saturday, June 23 — but we won’t just be two guys with a mic walking around and trying to find people to talk to during a fan convention. Instead, as guests, we will be on stage in the plenary room as the only event in our time slot — and, during the 90 minutes we’ll be broadcasting, we’ll be joined by both Corey Olsen and John Garth!

This is a truly exciting opportunity — not just for The Prancing Pony Podcast, but for our listeners! Those of you interested in going to Mythmoot were just given yet another reason to attend — to meet us and appear on the show! And those of you who aren’t able to go this year are now able to live vicariously through us as we will not only be bringing you a live episode, but also will do spontaneous live broadcasts throughout the weekend.

But we’re going to need your help to make this work. When we started our Patreon campaign during the summer, we’d hoped that we would eventually get to the $1,000/month level — it would take several months at that point for us to have the revenue for the two of us to travel to, and attend, one of these events. Well, we’re still only about 2/3 of the way to that level — and we need you to help make this happen, since MMV is in just five months. If you’re already supporting us on Patreon, thank you — but if you’ve yet to sign on to The Fellowship of the Podcast, we’d ask you to please consider helping us reach that goal. Even though we no longer have to pay to attend the event, we still have round-trip airfare and lodging expenses to consider and those are not insignificant.

Sign up for The Fellowship of the Podcast on Patreon at: http://bit.ly/2lQxOnv

Register for Mythmoot V at: http://tinyurl.com/MythMootV

Thank you!

046 – Master and Servant

The second of two episodes on the Akallabêth, Tolkien’s story of NúmenorAr-Pharazôn is offered no resistance by Sauron, and gets the bright idea to take him as a hostage. Soon, you-know-who has wormed his way into the King’s trust and turned the Númenóreans to the worship of Melkor. As Sauron’s cult gains power in the kingdom, the Faithful led by Amandil and Elendil are persecuted; the aging Ar-Pharazôn prepares his armada to sail to the Undying Lands to take immortality by force, and the Valar respond with a disaster of biblical proportions. Also, Alan and Shawn finally disagree about something: Genesis.

To listen to our recent interview with John Garth and discussion of the history of the Númenor myth, see Episode 044 – The Threshold of Middle-earth: An Interview with John Garth.

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Recommended Reading:

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Silmarillion (Mariner Books, paperback) pp. 270-282, Akallabêth

Tolkien, J. R. R. (Christopher Tolkien, ed.) The Lost Road and Other Writings (The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5) (HarperCollins, paperback)

Tolkien, J. R. R. (Christopher Tolkien, ed.) Sauron Defeated (The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 9) (HarperCollins, paperback)

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

Carpenter, Humphrey, ed. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (Mariner Books, paperback)

044 – The Threshold of Middle-earth: An Interview with John Garth

Alan and Shawn are honored to welcome John Garth, the award-winning author of Tolkien and the Great War and Tolkien at Exeter College, to The Prancing Pony Podcast! John’s work as a biographer and researcher offers a rare glimpse into the early life of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the experiences and ideas that helped shape the Middle-earth legendarium. We discuss war, friendship, sorrow, and tales of college tomfoolery that may surprise you.

For a list of John Garth’s writings about Tolkien, including the Telegraph online article “When J.R.R. Tolkien bet C.S. Lewis: the wager that gave birth to The Lord of the Rings,” see his website at http://www.johngarth.co.uk/php/tolkien_publications.php

You can also follow John Garth online at his website, http://www.johngarth.co.uk/, on Facebook (facebook.com/JohnGarthWriter) or on Twitter @JohnGarthWriter)

For speaking engagement inquiries, please see http://www.johngarth.co.uk/php/talks_and_presentations.php.

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Recommended Reading:

Garth, John. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth (Mariner Books, hardcover)

Garth, John. Tolkien at Exeter College (Exeter College, paperback)