The Lord of the Rings is a story about disparate societies coming together in the name of good—and casting aside generations of mistrust and prejudice to do so. Hobbits being unlikely heroes, Dwarves standing side-by-side with Elves, Rohan riding to Gondor’s aid, it’s an idea key to the...

I have a question for God, or maybe Jeff Bezos, that I’ve been thinking about ever since I saw the first two episodes of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. It’s a gorgeous looking show, but every time I see its sweeping vistas practically screaming “Amazon spent yacht money on this!!!”...