About the Lightning Lecture:
Landscapes and Land-spirits in The Fellowship of the Ring
Dr. Lauren Poyer explores inspirations for the Barrow-downs and Tom Bombadil in Old Norse sources about barrow-dwellers and land-spirits, which were part of Scandinavian faith traditions before and after the conversion to Christianity.
About the Movie:
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
About the Series:
Welcome to Fact & Fiction, a new series where we ask, "how accurate is this?" Together, we'll screen some of Hollywood's most popular movies that reference or are (loosely) based on Nordic history and culture, and separate the facts from the fiction.