Lawyers of the Rings

One more reason to go to law school: so that I'll be able to parse the contractual and international legal implications surrounding the One Ring a little better. (Linked via By The Way.)

Read the comments too; it's quite an active discussion, though I confess to not understanding the half of it. If you scroll down far enough, there's "Some background history" that gives you a Cliff's Notes version of the history of Middle-Earth, for which Tolkien novices like me who may never read The Silmarillon are grateful.