This Video Will Help You Understand What’s Going On in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
I really enjoy The Lord of the Rings films and somewhat the Hobbit films, but man is it hard to follow what's going on here. What a Balrog? Why can Gandalf defeat it? Why do elves live long lives and humans don't? Finally it's been explained for me in this short and simple video.
With the third and final Hobbit film The Battle of the Five Armies in theaters, I wanted to finally go in and have a grasp on what's going on beyond the obvious. All the answers are in the books, but I don't have time to read all 19 of them that explain every little detail about Middle Earth. Lucky for me GCP Grey has this handy five minute video that actually makes sense.
Now that I see just how complex the mythology of Middle Earth is, I'm pretty sure that J.R.R Tolkien was doing some sort of drug when he came up with this stuff.