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The Tolkien Experience Podcast

The Tolkien Experience Podcast (TEP) is an attempt to bring the fan and scholarly communities together around our shared passion: the works of J.R.R. Tolkien! Each episode features a notable scholar or member of the fan community sharing their responses to the original Tolkien Experience Project questions.

The podcast is only possible because of our supporters and patrons. Please consider supporting the us on Patreon!

Since 2018, Luke Shelton's Tolkien Experience Project has been collecting stories from scholars and fans. Now, I have partnered with Dr. Sara Brown and Sarah Westvik to create the TEP!

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Nov 11, 2022

For this episode, we were honored to welcome a very influential figure in the Tolkien fandom: Brian Sibley!

Brian is the recipient of the Tolkien Society's award for Outstanding Contribution in 2022. He is an honorary member of the society, and is perhaps best known to the Tolkien community because of the radio...


Aug 20, 2022

This week, we put together another panel to discuss the new Rings of Power series being produced by Amazon a little more! Here we discuss adaptation, the changes that always have to be made, what we think is done well in some adaptations, and where we think some improvements could be made!

Special thanks to Oriana...


Jul 29, 2022

This week, we put together a panel of special guests to discuss the music that has been released for the new Rings of Power series being produced by Amazon!

Special thanks to James Tauber, Will Sherwood, and Sarah Westvik for sharing their time and expertise with us for this exciting event!

The live event was recorded...


May 27, 2022

For this episode, our guest is a steward of the Mythopoeic Society and an independent researcher who loves experimenting with new perspectives on Tolkien: Alicia Fox-Lenz!

Alicia is the Social Media Officer of the Mythopoeic Society, as well as a member of their stewardship council.. She is currently editing a scholarly...


Apr 29, 2022

For this episode, we have a guest who is an independent researcher who delves into the interaction between Tolkien and readers: Sonali Chunodkar!

Sonali has an MPhil and a PhD, for which both her theses focused on Tolkien's work. She has recently presented papers at several Tolkien conferences, including a recent...