It’s that time of year again, when Bilbo Baggins’s birthday comes back around. It’s always worth revisiting this clip from The Fellowship of the Ring:
In line with this Tolkien moment, we’re halfway through the first season of The Rings of Power, Amazon’s attempt to tell the stories of the second age in a condensed but thoughtful form. I’m really enjoying the series. I think any chance to dip your toes into the river Anuin (or Sirion, for that matter) is a good thing, even if some things are a little different. I’m glad that some of the all-new characters have their own concentrated storylines. And it helps that the production values are so high. I found the final moments of episode four to be quite moving, which I wasn’t really expecting. I’m curious to see how the rest of the season goes (and how it sets up season two).