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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 1,656 ratings
These guys are so knowledgeable and entertaining! I enjoy that they dive deep into LOTR but you also never know what else might come up from The Princess Bride to Falco. If you want to revisit Tolkien's legendarium I definitely recommend doing it along side Alan and Shawn.Read full review »
Brett75 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/11/21
So much enrichment!
Listening to Allen and Sean has really enriched my understanding of Tolkien’s world and made it more accessible to me. I read the Hobbit when I was a kid, and several times since, but struggled to stick with the Fellowship it the Silmarillion, which I started several times without finishing. I...Read full review »
HyruleNick81 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/10/21
Definitely worth a listen
Shawn and Alan never cease to enhance my enjoyment of all things Tolkien. From their readings of selected passages, analytical discussions, insights into language, Tolkien trivia, and occasional digressions (into Monty Python, Rush, Princess Bride , Hitchhiker’s Guide, ...) the hit on all...Read full review »
gruffytheelf via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/21
Recent Episodes
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Published 05/09/21
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Published 05/02/21
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Published 04/25/21
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