I love hearing other scholars, who really love J.R.R. Tolkien, get into the books and talk about what Tolkien was up to in his stories. This fellow, Tom Shippey, is a lot of fun to listen to. Thanks to Tony Reinke for posting this on his blog.
There are places in Tolkien’s writing where he taps into what Heaven will be like. This lecture gets into some of those aspects, and if nothing else you might have a chuckle at Tolkien’s “tree-hugging” tendencies.