Sometimes I post things to this blog just to make sure that I don't forget them.
This may be a case in point.
I like this essay on the importance of Smaug, dragon of 'The Hobbit'. I have to admit that I have never approached any of Tolkien's writings from an academic perspective. I've read most of them; I've enjoyed all that I have read. But I've never studied them in any substantive way. Reading the essay, with its many references to books and articles of people who have, makes me think that perhaps I should.
If only life wasn't so busy...