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The Tolkien Professor, Cory Olsen, uses the power of Twitter to answer the internet's burning questions about J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, and all the associated lore. Does Sauron use any weapons? Do compasses exist in Middle-Earth? Is there a Tolkien book about the Goblin and Dwarf Great War? Cory answers all these questions and much more.

Corey Olsen, also known as The Tolkien Professor, is the Founder and President of Signum University, a nonprofit higher education institution dedicated to affordable and accessible online learning with a special focus on promoting the humanities. Through the Mythgard Academy, a Signum institution, Corey offers weekly explorations of The Lord of the Rings and other opportunities to discuss speculative literature and adaptations. Follow Corey on Twitter at twitter.com/tolkienprof

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* Signum University: signumuniversity.org

* Exploring The Lord of the Rings: mythgard.org/lotro/exlotr/

* The Tolkien Professor: tolkienprofessor.com

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Check out part 2 HERE:
Jamie Mckelvie
Jamie Mckelvie Yıl önce
If only all Tolkien fans were like him, Tolkien books are heavy complicated and hard to understand everything; he explains everything without insulting anybody’s intelligence and that’s cool
Mariel McEwan
Mariel McEwan Yıl önce
A small family memory : Tolkien was my grandfather’s tutor at Oxford. My mother’s name was Mariel Elizabeth and my grandfather called her Malbeth. Tolkien collected names he liked and my mother became “ Malbeth the Seer”.
J H
J H Yıl önce
Very impressive! However:
BlankCanvas88
BlankCanvas88 Yıl önce
To build a fictional world that is so intricate and complex that there are experts and professors on your material... Tolkien really was a genius and a one of a kind.
Markelle
Markelle Yıl önce
I like how writers like JK Rowling just comes up with additions to the story and pretends like it was always there. She always acts like there are no mysteries to her or things she didn't think about. And then there's Tolkien, who's like "yea I don't know what happened to the Entwives. I think they might be dead. Not sure." 😂
Sam Mulhall
Sam Mulhall Yıl önce
A few fun facts for those who are curious: Merry and Pippin were buried at Gondor, and Aragorn was buried alongside them when he died at the age of 210 (after being king for over a century). Following his death, Legolas and Gimli built a ship and sailed off to Valinor together.
IG 88
IG 88 Yıl önce
This guy really knows what he’s tolkien about
Inkal321
Inkal321 Yıl önce
This is such pure non toxic top level geekness it makes me feel warm and safe inside and I didn't know I missed that.
WideMouth
WideMouth Yıl önce
Fun fact: after announcing his treason in the books, Saruman denounced his role as the white wizard and began calling himself “Saruman of Many Colors.” I think this represented how Saruman no longer wanted to be restricted by his assigned role, and desired the power to do whatever he pleased.
Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith Yıl önce
Arwen: I abandon my immortality for my beloved.
Gaunter O'Dimm
Gaunter O'Dimm Yıl önce
Imagine writing a book thinking “heck yea I did it. I hope people will like it” and 80 years later EVERYONE reveres it and it is the basis of an entire genre throughout generations?
Richard T
I’d love to hear what he thinks of The Rings of Power “discussion” currently taking place.
morgan1027
morgan1027 Yıl önce
Why did my high school counselor not tell me that “Lord of the Rings Expert” was a potential career?
FrozenWeevil
FrozenWeevil Yıl önce
It’s so funny how JK Rowling is putting answers to everything to make a “well thought world” while running it into the ground, yet JRR’s masterpiece, for what happens to the Blue Wizards, he’s just like IDK. It shows that having an answer doesn’t make it good, it’s the thought and care.
lindsey s
lindsey s Yıl önce
I love so much that Tolkien, the great linguist, who created tons of written and oral languages, even got fired up over a linguistic rule like 'dwarfs' that he considered stupid and just decided to do whatever tf he wanted 😂 Our professors' motto in film school was always "know the rules well so that you know how, why, and when to break them." That's just like what Tolkien did!
Salem Ward
Salem Ward Yıl önce
For anyone interested in reading The Silmarillion, the Tolkien Professor's "Silmarillion Seminar" podcast adds incredible context, insight, and enjoyment to the experience! I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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The response to the Denethor/Theoden questions warmed my heart <3 I love that he consistently takes the time to answer each question so thoroughly and to address the implications/intent of the question, as well as the details of how they asked it/why they thought it. It feels like he lead a proper discussion on each topic rather than answered your query. This is an enjoyable and educational conversation for absolutely any level of Tolkien knowledge, and that's pretty hard to do.
Faith Miracle
That was awesome. It’s so awesome that Tolkien created such a world that felt real and alive that it continues to live so fully even today. It’s just mind blowing. I wonder if when he began these stories did he really grasped how impactful they would be?
NaturalOne
NaturalOne Yıl önce
Props to the guy who actually has figured out the Silmarillion. That stuff is
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