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0031 – The Lord of the Rings – Bk1 – Ch09 – At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

Concerning “At the Sign of the Prancing Pony”, Book 1, Chapter 9 of The Lord of the Rings, in which the hobbits visit Bree…

Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien.  On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 9 of Fellowship, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony, wherein we experience the town of Bree, meet the mysterious Ranger Strider, see the Ring play a trick, and are entertained by Frodo’s rendition of the Man in the Moon. By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

Topics of discussion include:

  • Tolkien Haiku for Book 1, Chapter 9 (~6:45)
  • Favorite passages from Book 1, Chapter 9 (~19:00)
  • Barrows & Barrow-wights: Corrections & Clarifications (~26:40)
  • Bree (~31:20)
  • Strider (~39:35)
  • The Ring Incident (~52:14)
  • And much more!

Originally released: 8/10/2015.

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One Response

  1. Your discussion of the song…
    We now know the song as:
    Hey diddle diddle
    The cat in the fiddle
    The cow jumped over the moon
    The little dog laughed to see such fun
    And the dish ran away with the spoon

    So as a rule, more meaning that in general we now know it as a nursery rhyme, but that nursery rhyme came from this longer song.

    Basically cheekily suggesting that Bilbo’s song has been passed down to what we know today.


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