Humor

We Must Not Destroy Our History by Tearing Down Statues of Great Men Like Gothbag the Terrible … McSweeney’s

Why Mordor Failed … Foreign Policy

French Translation by Bérengère Viennot, Slate France

So You’re 35 and All Your Friends Have Already Shed Their Human Skins … McSweeney’s

I’m Worried I’ll Never Get Around to Using All These Good Band Names … Points in Case

Congratulations on Publishing Your First Baby … The Rumpus

Smaug vs. Durin’s Bane: Who Would Win in the Ultimate Dragon/Balrog Showdown? … Tor.com

How to Tell If You Are in a J.R.R. Tolkien Book … The Toast

The Illegitimacy of Aragorn’s Claim to the Throne … The Toast

The Most Metal Deaths in Middle-earth, Ranked … The Toast

How I Defeated the Tolkien Estate … The Toast

“Hilarious … Incredibly funny” – Charlie Jane Anders, io9