With the impending release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, many people find themselves wondering, “Wait, how many Hobbit movies are there again?,” “The book was only 300-something pages?,” and “Why don’t I know anything about J.R.R. Tolkien?” While we can’t help you with those first two questions, we can shed some light on the third one, thanks to a brand new Info Minute from our favorite knowledge hunter, Mike Henry. Learn all about Tolkien’s lonely upbringing, his inspirations for creating The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, his filmic legacy, and much more in less time than it takes to simply walk into Mordor.
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