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  1. Chris Wright
    Chris Wright
    41 мүнөт мурун

    I thought it was Goldring.

  2. GamersCraft
    8 саат мурун

    okay so sauron doens't become invisible because he's not a mortal he's one of the meiar so does that mean that gandalf also wouldn't become invisble because he's also one of the meiar?

  3. cold_raviol
    14 саат мурун

    Oooh so that's why frodo's could see the ringwraiths when he put the ring on

  4. TitaniumCrane
    23 саат мурун

    In regards to the wings on Balrogs, is it possible that they *could* have wings. Since they are Maia, they could take other forms, so in theory, some could take unique forms that did in fact have wings, right ?

  5. Charles The Cheeseman
    Charles The Cheeseman
    Күн мурун

    Gosh dang it -- I want more of this

  6. Merlin_ Hogwartsfan
    Merlin_ Hogwartsfan
    Күн мурун

    Dear Professor Olsen, I have a question concerning the creations of Morgoth which as far as I know hasn't been answered yet: It is known that Melkor hasn't got the power to create new species but doomed to corrupt Erus works. Therefore Orcs are corrupted Elves and not a new creation. But what did Melkor corrupt to get his other creatures? My guesses: Ents - Trolls Dwarfs/Entwives/Eagles - Dragons

  7. Vaughnage25
    Күн мурун

    Does he have a channel dedicated to talking about LOTR? I can't seem to find one.

  8. The Devil’s Advocate
    The Devil’s Advocate
    Күн мурун

    At first, I read “Orc” and “Blue,” and, for some reason, was expecting a warhammer 40k video

  9. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee
    Күн мурун

    maybe the balrok just likes the looks of them

  10. Forsaken Passages
    Forsaken Passages
    2 күн мурун

    'Fly, you fools.' 'But, Gandalf...we don't have wings.'

  11. emPtysp4ce
    2 күн мурун

    They didn't attempt to ask the Philadelphia Eagles about flying the Ring into Mordor because this is a stealth mission. If they went in guns blazing like that, Sauron would instantly know where the Ring was and all nine Nazgûl would be on them, and all would be lost.

  12. Pemo
    2 күн мурун

    quick someone draw sauron with baby hands

  13. S
    3 күн мурун

    The strongest virgin

  14. Royale With Cheese
    Royale With Cheese
    3 күн мурун

    this guy and Nerd of the Rings are a total joy to watch

  15. not.gracey
    3 күн мурун

    thank u!!!! part 3 plss

  16. Daniel Green
    Daniel Green
    3 күн мурун

    Knowing a lot about a book: expert Knowing a lot about an old book: Priest

  17. st r
    st r
    4 күн мурун

    One more addition to the Beorn question: "no man may hinder me" is not some biological inability on the part of man but rather a prophecy.

  18. Rangiku Matsumoto
    Rangiku Matsumoto
    4 күн мурун

    So the ring basically symbiont?

  19. Robert Ortiz-Wilson
    Robert Ortiz-Wilson
    4 күн мурун

    I loved this!

  20. Ryan Van Doren
    Ryan Van Doren
    4 күн мурун

    Could watch this man talk about lotr for hours

  21. The Unsub Scribe
    The Unsub Scribe
    4 күн мурун

    Oh, wow! Didn’t expect him to get some wrong!!

  22. MrGustavevil
    4 күн мурун

    Can anyone answer this one for me: Why wasn't Sauron Lording over Middle Earth in Isildur's time? He had the ring and all the peoples it was intended to give him power over were united in resisting him.

  23. Ratcatcher
    4 күн мурун

    I know everything this guy has said and then some. So how can I get paid for being a middle earth professor?

  24. Just Ry
    Just Ry
    4 күн мурун

    9:20 my man just completely discredited trans people who claim to be whatever they have changed into as opposed to what they were born as lol

  25. Future UFC champion
    Future UFC champion
    4 күн мурун

    the eagles question answer i guess is quite simple. sauron was still “alive” and the eagles wouldnt enter mordor until the ring and sauron’s physical was destroyed.

  26. AvantTemps
    4 күн мурун

    me: *pauses 3 minutes in to google 'vestigial'*

  27. thorjelly
    5 күн мурун

    My favorite theory of Tom Bombadil is that he is sort of like Gaia, the personification of Arda itself. He is aloof and uncaring of the ring, because nature is aloof and uncaring of the ring. He became increasingly regulated to his own little corner of the world, because every other corner of Arda became claimed and dominated by other races and powers. He is simply wild nature itself, and eventually, he'd all but disappear once man comes to his forest as well.

  28. Sergane Sariani
    Sergane Sariani
    5 күн мурун

    So Cory Balrog could still be a real Barlog. Never heard of him though.

  29. Zach Lewis
    Zach Lewis
    5 күн мурун

    We need like way more of this. Does this gentleman have a podcast or something?

  30. BeckyBex
    5 күн мурун

    Corey Olsen! Its lovely to have a face to put to the name I hear so often on The Prancing Pony Podcast! Hi!

  31. George Pajeejo
    George Pajeejo
    5 күн мурун

    Ok, I'm ready for part 3 now. :D

  32. Dennis Caleb McCoy
    Dennis Caleb McCoy
    5 күн мурун

    Hey, Corey Olsen. Where does the female's g spot is located?

  33. Fabri AD
    Fabri AD
    6 күн мурун


  34. Griff
    6 күн мурун

    I love this guy

  35. Mat F
    Mat F
    6 күн мурун

    Sam wore the ring too.

  36. Raven Coldheart
    Raven Coldheart
    6 күн мурун

    I really like the theory, that Tom Bombadil is the good side spirit of the song that created the world. We know there are evil beings that were created by the twisting of the song, like the spiders.

  37. Athleta Christi
    Athleta Christi
    6 күн мурун

    Shadow of Mordor/War explains it perfectly about the ring, the wraiths and Sauron

  38. Nik Torréntè
    Nik Torréntè
    6 күн мурун

    Balrogs are indeed equal to Sauron,atleast in being. Both Balrogs and Sauron are Maia that Melkor corrupted.

  39. Marky Mark Ali
    Marky Mark Ali
    6 күн мурун

    The thumbnail tweet is enough to tell me LOTR is dead

  40. Larry Green
    Larry Green
    7 күн мурун

    My favorite theory for Tom Bombadil is that he's a sort of living embodiment of the song that created the world.

  41. iDutchTwins
    7 күн мурун

    2:27 Cuz he doesn't exist

  42. Jen Taylor
    Jen Taylor
    7 күн мурун

    When I am extremely stressed and tired, I tell people I feel like Bilbo, butter scraped over too much bread. I’ve just realized the truth: I’m actually becoming a wraith. 🤯

  43. JonSnoWight
    7 күн мурун

    "I don't think the shape he takes changes his identity." So, a man is a man no matter what he looks like? Based.

    1. ForArts
      2 күн мурун

      yeah? So if your identity is a man then you are a man? If your identity is a female and you look like a man then you are a female? Because Identity doesnt change even if shape does?

  44. MrNewVegas
    8 күн мурун

    Also, the rings do different things based on what race of mortals wear them. I am not sure if there is any difference between the seven and the nine and the one, but I'm like 90% sure the one affects men more than it does hobbits, and the seven did not do what Sauron expected with the nine.

  45. Just another Baptist Jew
    Just another Baptist Jew
    8 күн мурун

    Tom Bombadil = Melchizedek

  46. δτ
    8 күн мурун

    If the ring makes _mortals_ invisible because it draws them into the spirit world, would Gandalf not turn invisible when putting it on? Is that why Tom Bombadil didn't turn invisible? I think when Tom adorned the ring it was implied that the ring has no power over him, but this clearly isn't the case for other immortal beings like the wizards.

    1. δτ
      Күн мурун

      @Agar io Okay, that seems sensible: the wizards are just weeker than Sauron, which is what I used to think given that the Balrog, a servant Sauron's, almost outmatched Gandalf, except this man here suggests that Balrog's are on par with Sauron. Then again, the wizards managed to drive Sauron out of Mirkwood, so they can't be much weaker, right? (Melkor is a Valar, though, iirc, so superior to the Maiar anyway. And hasn't Tolkien confirmed that Tom isn't a Maiar, or any known being, either?)

    2. Agar io
      Agar io
      Күн мурун

      I would put it that way: if Melkor would wear the ring it would have pretty much no impact on him because he's way too strong to be affected by a Majar. The strength of Maiars can differ - sauron is way stronger that Gandalf or any of the Istari, that's why the ring can affect them. That would mean that - if Tom is a maiar - he's just way stronger than gandalf/galadriel/...

  47. Roman Wetzel
    Roman Wetzel
    8 күн мурун

    If you say that tom is a spirit, what kind of spirit would that be? Is he a maiar, like melian and the wizards oder is he something else completely?

    1. ForArts
      Күн мурун

      @Roman Wetzel 1. He cant be Eru OR Valar. 2. He can't be Maiar because tolkien himself stated that Valar where the first to set foot in Middle-Earth, And Tom said he was there before melkor. So Tom is Tom.

    2. Roman Wetzel
      Roman Wetzel
      Күн мурун

      @ForArts the maiar are ainur, the first beings created by eru, so either he is eru or one of the ainur (valar,maiar) according to the silmarillion there was nothing else before those beings

    3. ForArts
      2 күн мурун

      Well he cant be Maiar because he was there before them right?

  48. your local crusader
    your local crusader
    8 күн мурун

    7:39 mithrandir means grey pilgrim btw

  49. your local crusader
    your local crusader
    8 күн мурун

    3:04 an easier way to understand that the ring doesn't turn sauron invisible is that he is immortal and the ring only turns mortals invisible that is why in the books when tom bombadil puts it on he doesn't turn invisible because he is immortal

  50. Joshua Bonesteel
    Joshua Bonesteel
    8 күн мурун

    So some questions since I dont remember them coming up in the few books I read. What were the dwarves and ents doing when the last alliance marched on Mordor? How did the balrog end up buried in Khazidum?

  51. Zoe
    8 күн мурун

    It's still incredibly cool and impressive to me that the birth of the high fantasy genre happened so long ago, 1937, shocking every time I hear it. For some reason my brain assumes it was ~70s when it was created, not between the world wars.

  52. Matej Petelin
    Matej Petelin
    9 күн мурун

    You probably haven't worked a day in your life. Good job!

  53. Adam Ring
    Adam Ring
    9 күн мурун

    Thougt that the ring unleased the desires of the whearer.

  54. GRUBER
    9 күн мурун

    6:37 How come LOTR Expert doesn't mention that in the books Sam actually puts the ring on his finger?

  55. DiabloMinero
    9 күн мурун

    About the eagles question, I think there's an idea that the Ring corrupts you in proportion to the power you have, which is why it would be a disaster for Gandalf or Galadriel to carry it to Mordor. So maybe putting it in the presence of the incredibly powerful eagles wouldn't be a genius idea.

  56. asiyelegolas
    9 күн мурун

    it's not melon, it`s mellon (Hermione sighs)

  57. caiti rose
    caiti rose
    10 күн мурун

    i heard a theory that “fly you fools” was referring to the eagles, and that was gandalf’s plan all along? maybe this was a jackson construction i really don’t know

  58. caiti rose
    caiti rose
    10 күн мурун

    hold up beorn was dead in lotr :( no

  59. Miroslav Zíma
    Miroslav Zíma
    10 күн мурун

    Very enjoyable QA!

  60. MrMockigton
    10 күн мурун

    regarding the invisibility with the ring: wasnt it also the case, that all of the rings enhance the existing powers of the bearer? thus turning hobbits invisible, since their main strength is being ignored and overlooked by all other races? i think i remember reading somthing about the dwarven rings that helped them mine for ore and gems, and the 3 elven rings enhancing the powers of said elves, just as much as the one elven ring gandalf posesses enhaces his. the human rings were said to enhance the leadership qualities of the kings of men, making people want to follow them.

    1. Arcturus
      9 күн мурун


  61. frnkr1212
    10 күн мурун

    I wish i could play dnd with this man His enthousiasm for storytelling is amazing

  62. Mino Merle
    Mino Merle
    10 күн мурун

    I suppose in the end Peter Jackson's Balrog version fueled the Balrog wing theory by a lot. But let's be honest: If Balrogs could fly, they wouldn't have had the opportunity to be even more badass and ride winged dragons!

  63. Mr Gaudy
    Mr Gaudy
    10 күн мурун

    Gandalf: “Fly you fools!” Fellowship: *jumps off the bridge*

  64. Mr Gaudy
    Mr Gaudy
    10 күн мурун

    The point about the Balrogs wings: I thought valar lost some of their powers once they turned against their true purpose, similar to Saruman? In that way, surely Balrogs in their corrupted state wouldn’t have any control over having vestigial wings?

  65. 12345 67890
    12345 67890
    10 күн мурун

    Hey, sorry but I've (to my own shame...) never read the actual books. Who's that Tom Bombadil guy?

    1. 12345 67890
      12345 67890
      8 күн мурун

      @Joshua Bonesteel thanks

    2. Joshua Bonesteel
      Joshua Bonesteel
      8 күн мурун

      He is a being that helps Frodo and company get out of the old wood once they crossed via the ferry, before reaching Bree. Without him they would have died via a tree eating them. Other than that he is a weird being that is apparently unaffected by the one ring and has been around since ever.

  66. Llama Lover122
    Llama Lover122
    10 күн мурун

    I mean Melkor had vampires before the winged dragons.

  67. Louis Torres
    Louis Torres
    10 күн мурун

    how do you feel about the idea of tom bombadil being an the song of valar?

  68. Anthony Miele
    Anthony Miele
    10 күн мурун

    I can't point to any specific passages or anything but when I read it Tom Bombadil seemed like a nature spirit of the Spring season. Hearing about how old he is that still seems reasonable as Spring would be almost (but not quite) as old as like Time or Creation, the really big big concepts. I'm prepared to be completely wrong about it though.

  69. KissMyAstmha
    10 күн мурун


  70. imoginny07
    11 күн мурун

    What if some immortal being wears the ring? say, Galadriel, would she not be invisible (like Sauron) if she wears it?

  71. The Chaperone
    The Chaperone
    11 күн мурун

    Also: if the Ring lay in the river for 2,000 years, then how did it manage to stay in the same place and not get carried away by the current? If we're being realistic, by the events of LotR, the Ring should be well out in the Great Sea by then.

  72. Jayyy667
    11 күн мурун

    Tolkien expert lol Not even close. Communist propaganda

  73. Bruce Tucker
    Bruce Tucker
    11 күн мурун

    The real question about the west-door of Moria is why the inscription referred to it as "Moria," "the Black Pit," when no one called it that until after Durin's Bane was awakened.

  74. H L B
    H L B
    11 күн мурун

    I am not even that interested in The Lord of the Rings but this guy is so invested and passionate about this that I watched all the videos. Great content for sure.

  75. Bruce Tucker
    Bruce Tucker
    11 күн мурун

    Maybe Balrogs, like fantasy artists, just thought big demon wings looked cool and scary even if they were non-functional. So they weren't vestigial, they were decorative.

    1. Bruce Tucker
      Bruce Tucker
      4 күн мурун

      @Targun But this one goes to eleven.

    2. Targun
      4 күн мурун

      They are creatures of shadow, a shadow that obscures their own body. Why would they need wings to decorate themselves when nobody is going to notice them?

  76. Felipe Basseto
    Felipe Basseto
    11 күн мурун

    This could be a 2 hour QA "Tolkien Support" !!!

  77. CGS Designs
    CGS Designs
    11 күн мурун

    And when it all comes down to it, this man is being cocky for knowing about things that doesn't exist.

  78. Peachie o's
    Peachie o's
    11 күн мурун

    This could have been 4 hours long. And I would have watched every second.

  79. jia chuen
    jia chuen
    12 күн мурун

    Fly,u fool 😂😂😂😂 finally i realized why Balrog didnt fly at that time

  80. Gavin Granado
    Gavin Granado
    12 күн мурун

    Invest < imbue

  81. Dave Leadbetter
    Dave Leadbetter
    12 күн мурун

    Why didn't the ring reject Frodo? As far as we know it rejected two others who were not worthy of it, yet Frodo was intent to destroy it and it didn't reject him. Hmmm?!

    1. ForArts
      2 күн мурун

      Sure Frodo's intention was to destroy it but the ring corrupted him before he could throw it into the lava.

  82. Reece Gilman
    Reece Gilman
    12 күн мурун

    Man said that the eagles aren't taxis but I remember using them a lot in lego hobbit to get places

  83. Magnus Holst
    Magnus Holst
    12 күн мурун

    Imagine if they would have to tweet everything he says

  84. Mark Leonard
    Mark Leonard
    12 күн мурун

    The eagle question is a great misunderstanding that I feel the movies don't make obvious as much as the books. Sauron had no idea they planned to destroy the ring, it was unimaginable to him. Using the eagles would make it obvious that was their plan and then make it impossible. In the books Aragorn convinces Sauron that he has taken the ring for himself, which seems like the obvious plan for Sauron.

  85. rolanddes
    13 күн мурун

    Sam is the only ringbearer who gets the ring but gives it back with zero resistance. The kings of men and dwarves all even fail to the temptation of lesser rings that Sauron forges, Isildur fails to the temptation, Bilbo becomes bitter and forfeits the ring due to the fear of Gandalf, Frodo fails to drop it, Smeagol becomes Gollum and loses it, Tom Bombadil is not affected by its power, even Gandalf basically a demi-god refuses to touch it, not one living person does what half-wise Sam the gardener does. He is the true hero of 3 plus 1 books and all the background books.

    1. Sameeh kins
      Sameeh kins
      12 күн мурун

      Sam would have never been able to destroy the ring. The reason why he seemed to give up the ring so freely is because he didn't have it on him for long enough. But if he were to face the edge of Mount Doom's lava, Sam would have never been able to throw it in. Tolkien himself even says in a letter he wrote that it would have been impossible for ANYONE in Middle-earth to destroy the ring willingly. The temptation at the edge of Mount Doom would have been so much that no one could control it. ~Letter #246 of Tolkien "At the last moment the pressure of the Ring would reach its maximum - impossible, I should have said, for any one to resist, certainly after long possession, months of increasing torment, and when starved and exhausted." The only reason why the Ring was destroyed in the end was because of an 'accident' that Gollum tripped.

  86. Crossy4321
    13 күн мурун

    If i remember correctly, in the Silmarillion it tells us that balrogs rode on dragons to get into the valley of Gondolin.... If they had wings, they wouldnt have had to ride the dragon?

  87. 4imrBambi
    13 күн мурун

    I like the idea that Tom bombadil is like Gaia. Maybe he's a manifestation of arda itself. Also he has like unlimited power (insert Palpatine voice here) in his forest domain. He took the ring and nothing happened. Would love to see a ufc match between Tom and sauron.

  88. Yasmina Davis
    Yasmina Davis
    13 күн мурун

    Stephen Colbert watching this: 👁️👄👁️

  89. MorahZamora
    13 күн мурун

    Random Guy: You know, I think there’s *some* compelling evidence that Balrog’s actually had wings. Cory: *So you have chosen… death…*

  90. SMG
    13 күн мурун

    Why aren’t more dragons relevant in the story? Is Smaug the last one or something?

  91. Emil Lambrigger
    Emil Lambrigger
    13 күн мурун

    I always thought that only hobbits turn invisible. As far as I'm aware, the only non-hobbit who has worn the Ring of Power is Sauron himself, who doesn't turn invisible. Perhaps powers are different for each species.

  92. Tommaso Guerrini
    Tommaso Guerrini
    14 күн мурун

    I'm a LOTR fan, but remember: it's all made up

  93. C B
    C B
    14 күн мурун

    I really appreciate that he doesn't talk down to people/the questions!

  94. Nathan
    14 күн мурун

    I didn’t think Balrogs had any choice over their appearance

  95. Shonin Rennyo
    Shonin Rennyo
    14 күн мурун

    Just wanted to point out that somewhere (dunno if the books or the movies) someone explained that the eagles were hella scared of Sauron, and they only chimed in to save Frodo and Sam 'cuz Sauron got whacked.

  96. Sir Septimos
    Sir Septimos
    14 күн мурун

    I heard a nice explanation regarding the Eagles that went something like: “ Eagles are beings of great power to the level of Gandalf and Saruman, therefore, it would be extremely dangerous to get them near the Ring due to its ability to corrupt powerful beings. Which is why they only intervened once the ring was gone.” I don’t remember who offered that explanation but I definitely found the video convincing.

  97. its kazooie
    its kazooie
    14 күн мурун

    Orks know red make you go faster

  98. Kate B
    Kate B
    14 күн мурун

    More of this please. Edit: sisterhood of the travelling corrupted pants.

  99. Alfie Swindell
    Alfie Swindell
    15 күн мурун

    The fact that a Tolkien professional is a thing makes me both happy and sad at the same time

  100. Beatrice Ho
    Beatrice Ho
    15 күн мурун

    There's also a theory that Tolkien was Tom Bombadil, I think.