This is a post that will likely appeal to only truly obsessive fans of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. However it might help some of you get through an otherwise boring day at the office if you are fortunate enough to be able to listen to music at your desk – or surreptitious podcasts. And yes, I am one of those lucky ones who, firstly, gets to sit at a PC all day (technically two desktops, a laptop and a smartphone), and, secondly, has an employer civilised enough to realise that the ever-present earphones help – not hinder – productivity*. Corey Olsen, Assistant Professor of English at Washington College in Maryland, hosts a multi-part video series on YouTube exploring Tolkien’s best know work in minute detail. There are some interesting thoughts and ideas in there along with a lot of filler but at thirty-seven episodes and counting, and at two or so hours each, it will certainly fill up a working week.
*Having spent the last eighteen months travelling the eastern borderlands of Mitteleuropa for work, I am eternally grateful for a bit of office-bound monotony. Admittedly countless weeks alone in hotel rooms of varied quality has made me even more anti-social than usual. I do miss Prague though!