The Tolkien Experience

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The Tolkien Experience is a two-fold project by Luke Shelton, that encompases the Tolkien Experience Project and Podcast, both focused on collecting the experiences by fans and scholars.

Tolkien Experience Project[edit | edit source]

"It is an attempt to catalogue the experience of different Tolkien fans and share them in a public forum to grow community around Tolkien's work!"[1]

Fans who wish to participate must answer five questions:

  1. How were you introduced to Tolkien's work?
  2. What is your favorite part of Tolkien's work?
  3. What is your fondest experience of Tolkien's work?
  4. Has the way you approach Tolkien's work changed over time?
  5. Would you ever recommend Tolkien's work? Why/Why not?

Tolkien Experience Podcast[edit | edit source]

Hosted by Luke Shelton, Sara Brown and Sarah Westvik. "The 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".[2]

The guests are asked the same five questions from the Project, with an added sixth question:

6. What Tolkien work, project, or community are you currently working on that we should know about?

In 2021, the podcast received the Tolkien Society Award for best online content.[3]

Episode list[edit | edit source]

  1. Dimitra Fimi
  2. Janet Brennan Croft
  3. Andrew Higgins
  4. James Tauber
  5. Shaun Gunner
  6. Corey Olsen (part 1)
  7. Corey Olsen (part 2)
  8. Mina Lukic
  9. Dawn Walls-Thuma
  10. Margaret Killjoy
  11. Una McCormack
  12. John Garth
  13. Cliff Broadway
  14. Jeremy Edmonds
  15. Mary Clay Watt
  16. William Fliss
  17. Myla Malinalda
  18. Maria Alberto
  19. Elvella
  20. Amy H. Sturgis
  21. Anke Eißmann
  22. Megan Fontenot
  23. Season 1 Finale
  24. Marcel Bülles
  25. Diverse Tolkien
  26. Bruce Hopkins
  27. Molly Ostertag
  28. Chris Vaccaro
  29. Willie 'Knewbettadobetta' Jenkins
  30. Jenny Dolfen
  31. Verlyn Flieger
  32. Ralph Bakshi
  33. Putri Prihatini
  34. Kristine Larsen
  35. Erik Mueller-Harder
  36. Joel Merriner
  37. Mariana Rios Maldonado
  38. Anna Smol
  39. Elizabeth King
  40. Aurélie Brémont
  41. Matt from "The Nerd of the Rings"
  42. Season 2 Finale
  43. Season 2 Bonus Episode
  44. Ted Nasmith
  45. Brian D. Egede-Pedersen
  46. Sonali Chunodkar
  47. Alicia Fox-Lenz
  48. Panel on the Music of The Rings of Power
  49. [note 1]
  50. Panel on Tolkien, Adaptation, and The Rings of Power
  51. Brian Sibley
  52. Laura Martin-Gomez
  53. Donato Giancola

Note[edit | edit source]

  1. There is an inconsistency in the numbering. Episodes listed as 50 and 51 on the podcast website are listed as 49 and 50 on YouTube and Spotify. This mistake was presumably noticed and the numbering was continued with episode 52 (thus skipping 49 on the website and 51 on YouTube and Spotify).

External links[edit | edit source]


  1. Luke Shelton, "Tolkien Experience Project", (accessed 18 May 2023)
  2. Luke Shelton, "Tolkien Experience Podcast", (accessed 18 May 2023)
  3. Shaun Gunner, "Winners of The Tolkien Society Awards 2021 announced", The Tolkien Society (accessed 11 July 2023)