So, I know what a Tolkien fan is. And I know what a Tolkien scholar is. Now I've been introduced to a new term: Tolkien Influencer. As in, someone who has an online Tolkien-themed site with a following. Between twenty-five and thirty of whom were flown to London (with a day-trip to Oxford) to watch a twenty-minute clip from the forthcoming Amazon Rings of Power series.
Only a few of them were named in the article I saw,* and I'd be interested to hear who the others were --in particular how many of them are people whose name I know.
Here's the list so far:
Corey Olsen, 'the Tolkien Professor', founder of Signum University
Shaun Gunner, chair of The Tolkien Society
Justine (last name unknown), as representative from TheOneRing.net
Kaitlyn Facista, of 'Tea with Tolkien' (new to me)
I am bemused to learn that the main purpose of the event seems to have been to reassure the gathered Influencers that Amazon series' special effects will be Peter-Jackson worthy. That wd never have occurred to me as a major concern. In fact I don't think it'd have made a top ten list, if had a top ten list. Which just goes to show I'm not the target audience. But I remain a curious bystander. And I'm glad these folks got to enjoy a visit to Oxford while they were in the neighborhood, more or less.
---current reading: SKIN & BONES by Thorne Smith (1933)
NEWS OF THE DAY: just finished up the last Tolkien-themed session at Kalamazoo for the year.