CGP Grey’s video is an excellent way to go deep into the huge mythology of Lord of the Rings. Most importantly, this won’t take you days and days of readng. This takes between 4 and 5 minutes of animation and quick, but clear, voice over.
This video explains the role Gandalf and the other wizards had in Middle Earth and why they’re not even human. You’ll learn about the Balrogs and where Sauron came from. It’s handy stuff should you find yourself playing The One Ring over Christmas or watching The Hobbit movies.