Dr. Corey Olsen has bug a series of online lectures/podcasts, going through Tolkien's books in detail, exploring Tolkien's world, characters, language, and themes... This is an casual academic study we highly recommend.
The beginning of what was intended to be a collaborative work between Tolkien and Lewis has been discovered in Oxford.
Here's a scholarly review that gives a glimpse into the depth that such an educated work by Tolkien encompasses.
"I dare say that a good many will be instantly put off by the very idea of 'long narrative poems in verse' and pursue it no further."
"This book describes the childhood adventures of Hilary and JRR Tolkien. Hilary was JRR Tolkien's younger brother and this book uses Hilary's own words from recently discovered notebooks and previously unpublished letters between the brothers."
In May of this year, HarperCollins will be publishing Tolkien's previously unpublished retelling of the legend of Sigurd and Gudrún.
Read the 2nd part of our review of the BBC Audiodrama...
Solid acting, a well-written script, and a tighter tie to the books than the films make this dramatization a great way to experience The Lord of the Rings.
Published in two volumes the proceedings are available to order from Tolkien Society Trading and include papers from David Bratman, Rhona Beare, John Garth, Nancy Martsch, Michael Scott Rohan, Greg Wright, Dimitra Fimi, Lynnette R. Porter, and Tom Shippey.