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Alan Sisto & Shawn Marchese
The Prancing Pony Podcast
As they explore the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, hosts Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese welcome readers of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and the other works in the Middle-earth legendarium to tune in as they discuss favorite passages from the books and films that started the worldwide fantasy phenomenon.Alan and Shawn engage in plenty of in-depth study of Tolkien's books, but with a healthy dose of self-effacing humor, pop-culture references, and bad puns. These are the two guys you'd want to hang out with at a pub and talk Tolkien with.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.9 stars from 2,128 ratings
Incredible. Just Incredible
Great for new and experienced Tolkien fans. I lap up each episode. The jokes are ridiculous and amazing. They are so interested and fascinating. I thought I knew a lot about Tolkien’s works and I gladly say that they have proved me wrong. You need to listen to this. It’s so fun!
josiah1569 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/04/22
The Digressors Rock
Alan and Sean are simply the best. I started listening during a re-read of the Silimarillian. It's amazing to hear thier insites and knowledge drops. I feel like I'm taking a college course I actually enjoy. 🤣 If you want an amazing LOTR listen you've got to give this podcast a listen.Read full review »
Lydonian via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/04/22
An incredible show
I just finished Season 1 of this podcast. This podcast is one of the best podcasts I have ever heard. I started listening in April when I decided to begin reading the Silmarillion after my first read through of Lord of the Rings. Alan and Shawn made the complicated syntax of the book so much...Read full review »
Annabananak via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/01/22
Recent Episodes
Real hobbits arrive at the Prancing Pony, as Alan and Shawn welcome Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan (better known as Pippin and Merry) for our season finale! We talk about their time working on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movies, their new podcast The Friendship Onion, and everything in...
Published 07/24/22
Published 07/24/22
Sam desperately tries to get through the blocked passage while the Orc captains — oblivious that their eaves are being dropped — continue complaining about their bosses (side note: we’re seriously creeped out by the fact that the Nazgûl actually give Orc officers the creeps). But when one of the...
Published 07/17/22
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