Off-topic: Some "Lord of the Rings" video essays

Lincoln Alpern

Active Member
A Youtuber I'm familiar with on another Discord server recently read Lord of the Rings for the first time, and has added the series to his ongoing collection of 10/13-minute "Fantastic Fiction" video essays. As someone who grew up on the trilogy from when I was just a wee nipper, I find his newcomer's perspective fascinating, and occasionally illuminating, and I thought some other folks here might appreciate it as well.

The first two videos, covering books 1 & 2 of "The Fellowship of the Ring," have already been published on Youtube, and can be found here, and here; the remaining four will presumably be out over the summer at current rate. For context, it's helpful to watch his video on The Hobbit, and the introduction to "Fantastic Fiction," which establishes the format he's also using for the Tolkien videos. (The intro video also sets up his concurrently running retrospective of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, which is probably of interest to some of us, as well.)