From Jordan:

I caught a brief segment on swords and historical parallel in Tolkien’s literature on the Canadian Discovery channel today, and afterwards they mentioned that starting December 13th they are going to air a 5-part series on the science behind Lord of the Rings, where they will talk about the languages, geography, evolution amongst the elves/dwarves/humans, and special effects in the movies; amongst other things. Just thought I’d give a head’s up, it sounds interesting.