Thanks, Patrons! We have unlocked the year of J. R. R. Tolkien, and this episode begins it all with our heroes discussing the baggage that they bring to Tolkien, and Brandon providing some much-needed context to Tolkien’s life and work (if you can imagine that). You’ll hear about Tolkien’s wife dancing for him in a forest, the difference between philology and linguistics, Tolkien’s experience of World War I, and so much, much more. And The Hobbit is coming next week. Enjoy!