Lord of the Rings roundup

I’ve been meaning to link to “The Lord of the Rings: A Source-Criticism Analysis” for a while. It’s pretty funny, although it troubles me a little to appreciate it (and link to it), since the fellow is “a popular Catholic writer” who is probably trying to imply something critical about the Bible source-criticism texts he parodies in the article.

I had been hoping that my favorite Usenet article ever would be fully accessible to people who had only seen Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but unfortunately The Return of the King is just different enough to ruin the post a little if you haven’t read the novel. It’s probably still good, though, if you don’t mind spoilers for the books.