The Tolkien Road

A podcast about Middle-earth and all things Tolkien.

About The Tolkien Road Podcast

The Story so Far...

Launched in early 2015, co-hosts Greta & John Carswell journey chapter-by-chapter through The Lord of the RingsThe SilmarillionThe Hobbit and all of Tolkien’s other works.

In July of 2020, we released our 200th episode, and we are only just getting started! We look forward to a continuing long journey through Middle-earth and the mind of its maker, for Tolkien’s Road goes ever on!

jrr tolkien with pipe

JRR Tolkien

The man (and master), the myth(-maker), the legend(-arium loremaster).

JRR Tolkien was of course the creator of Middle-earth, and the author of numerous classics including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

To us, he’s a beacon of wisdom and joy, and that’s why we’ve spent so much time and given so much attention to exploring his works over the years.

Greta Carswell Tolkien Road Podcast

Greta Carswell

Chief asker of excellent questions and one heckuva chef, Greta’s primary role on the Tolkien Road is to keep John on track and whip this thang into intelligible shape.

Greta’s primary gigs are being a mom to 3 amazing kids, working as a nurse, running a homeschool co-op, and pretty much avoiding the internet at all costs.

John Carswell Tolkien Road Podcast

John Carswell

This was all John’s crazy idea in the first place, so blame him for it.

John is a self-proclaimed Tolkienite, and a major goal of his life is to carve out as much time as possible for exploring Tolkien’s works and philosophy and to help others do the same.

John is also the author of two books on Tolkien’s works: Tolkien’s Requiem and Tolkien’s Overture.


Get The Tolkien Road

It will help you…

  • Grasp the book’s complex structure.
  • Become familiar with key plot points.
  • Visualize the changing world with simple maps.
  • Deepen your appreciation of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.