“Lor bless me, sir, but I do love tales of that sort. And I do believe them, too, whatever Ted may say. Dogs, sir! I would dearly love to see them.” Oh, wait, I misquoted, Sam never said that—but does it not disappoint that there are not more dogs in The Lord of the Rings?! There are Farmer Maggot’s three guard dogs—Grip, Fang, and Wolf—but otherwise the hobbits’ adventure is a great desert of dogs. No canines to be seen, unless you count Wargs. And yet, it could be argued that without dogs there would have been no Hobbit and no Lord of the Rings. In this episode, recorded in honor of her new dog Drake, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown digs deep into Tolkien’s backstory to discover where he hid the dogs and what they have to do with Sauron—and dragons.