If I think about the most iconic characters ever, I’m quite sure that Conan—mostly known by his moniker “The Barbarian”—must be among them and, furthermore, I dare to say that he is one of the most easily recognizable and everpresent in pop culture, even to this day.
It was October 9th, 2017. As every Monday for some years now, I sat down in front of my trusty old computer—named “Narsil” because it’s as old and broken as its namesake—and started pounding the keys. I don’t remember it well, but I was probably working on some RPG related project. Then, I decided to watch—or actually listen to—some YouTube in the background. To my surprise, Matt Colville had uploaded a video entitled “The Climax of Critical Role, Season 1”. I pressed “Play” without any idea of what I was about to watch/listen to.
Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Today, March 25th, is the day when we commemorate the Downfall of Sauron after the destruction of the Ruling Ring. As a result, the Tolkien Society invites readers all around the world to celebrate this day by reading–or rereading–their favorite passages or works by J.R.R. Tolkien. To foster a sense of fellowship in all participants, the Society proposes a topic each year. In 2019, the proposed topic was “Tolkien and the Mysterious”—and that was the main thrust behind me writing this post.