Boy, I’d sure like to apologize to all those Tolkien nerds who first got mad at me for not knowing my non-Hobbit-and-basic-trilogy Tolkien arcana yesterday, but then got further upset when I told them that I was playing the haunting ballad “Look Into My Eyes (While I Masturbate)” just for them. That was wrong of me, and uncalled for, and I regret it.
I’d like to make it up to all you hobbits and elves and rangers and clerics and whatever. I’ve since discovered another awesome fan film based on the Lord of the Rings mythos; above is a small snippet from it. If I’ve done my research right, it’s from The Lays of Beleriand and the saga of Turin Turambar, which would put it…somewhere in the First Age, right? Tell you what — you guys just watch the video and let me know. Much thanks to Arsenal for the tip!
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.