Dr. Kristine Larsen writes: Since TORN posts info on Tolkien-related talks, I thought this might be of interest: In developing his imaginary world of Middle-earth, J.R.R. Tolkien included numerous detailed astronomical allusions. Some obviously correspond to objects in the real night sky, while others have puzzled Tolkien scholars for decades. Join us on a tour through the astronomical lore of “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and “The Silmarillion.” Pointy ears and furry feet are welcome, but, as a security precaution, all magic rings must be left at the door. [More]