Peter J Ponzio’s Podcast

J.R.R. Tolkien began what would become the Hobbit after experiencing the horrors of the First World War. Initially, he began the book as a way to entertain his children, but he soon realized that it appealed to people of all ages as a tale of an unadventurous little person whose courage helped him survive a series of sometimes fearsome adventures. As we face an uncertain time, I hope the example of an unassuming hobbit named Bilbo Baggins can inspire each of us to face the future with courage and humility. The picture at the top of the page represents Lothlorien. In addition to a reading of the Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, the podcast will contain discussions about the creation of Middle Earth, the Valar, and the races of Middle Earth.

The Influence of Norse Mythology on Tolkien’s Works

June 17th, 2020

The Influence of Norse Mythology on Tolkien's Works

A discussion of the influence Dante and Milton had on Tolkien

June 2nd, 2020

A discussion of the influence Dante and Milton had on Tolkien

A Discussion of the making of the world and Middle Earth, as related in the Silmarillion

June 1st, 2020

A Discussion of the making of the world and Middle Earth as related in the Silmarillion

The Hobbit, Chapter 19, “The Last Stage.”

May 26th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 19, "The Last Stage."  Here concludes the reading of The Hobbit.

The Hobbit, Chapter 18, “The Return Journey.”

May 26th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 18, "The Return Journey."

The Hobbit, Chapter 17, “The Clouds Burst.”

May 25th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 17, "The Clouds Burst."

The Hobbit, Chapter 16, “A Thief in the Night.”

May 23rd, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 16, "A Thief in the Night."

The Hobbit, Chapter 15, “The Gathering of the Clouds.”

May 23rd, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 15, "The Gathering of the Clouds."

The Hobbit, Chapter 14, “Fire and Water.”

May 21st, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 14, "Fire and Water."

The Hobbit, Chapter 13, “Not at Home.”

May 20th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 13, "Not at Home."

The Hobbit, Chapter 12, “Inside Information,” Part 2

May 19th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 12, "Inside Information," Part 2

The Hobbit, Chapter 12, Part 1, “Inside Information”

May 19th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 12, Part 1, "Inside Information"

The Hobbit, Chapter 11, “On The Doorstep”

May 17th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 11, "On The Doorstep"

The Hobbit, Chapter 10, “A Warm Welcome”

May 16th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 10, "A Warm Welcome"

The Hobbit, Chapter 9, “Barrels out of Bond”

May 12th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 9, "Barrels out of Bond"

The Hobbit, Chapter 8, “Flies and Spiders,” Part 3

May 8th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 8, "Flies and Spiders," Part 3

The Hobbit, Chapter Eight, “Flies and Spiders,” Part 2

May 8th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter Eight, "Flies and Spiders," Part 2

The Hobbit, Chapter 8, “Flies and Spiders,” Part 1

May 8th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 8, "Flies and Spiders," Part 1

The Hobbit, Chapter 7, “Queer Lodgings,” Part 3

April 24th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 7, "Queer Lodgings," Part 3

The Hobbit, Chapter 7, “Queer Lodgings,” Part 2

April 24th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 7, "Queer Lodgings," Part 2

The Hobbit, Chapter 7, “Queer Lodgings,” Part 1

April 24th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 7, "Queer Lodgings," Part 1

The Hobbit, Chapter Six, “Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire,” Part Two

April 14th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter Six, "Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire," Part Two

The Hobbit, Chapter Six, “Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire,” Part One

April 14th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter Six, "Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire," Part One

The Hobbit, Chapter Five, “Riddles in the Dark,” Part 2

April 7th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter Five, "Riddles in the Dark," Part 2

The Hobbit, Chapter 5, “Riddles in the Dark,” Part 1

April 7th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter 5, "Riddles in the Dark," Part 1

The Hobbit Chapter Four “Over Hill and Under Hill”

March 29th, 2020

The Hobbit Chapter Four "Over Hill and Under Hill"

The Hobbit, Chapter Three, “A Short Rest”

March 29th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter Three, "A Short Rest"

The Hobbit, Chapter Two, “Roast Mutton”

March 27th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter Two, "Roast Mutton"

The Hobbit, Chapter One, “An Unexpected Party,” Part Two

March 26th, 2020

The Hobbit, Chapter One, "An Unexpected Party," Part Two

The Hobbit, Chapter One, “An Unexpected Party,” Part One

March 26th, 2020

A reading of the Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Chapter One, "An Unexpected Party," Part One.