Lest anyone is thinking that academia has descended into irrelevance, note that at least one scholar has been hard at work calculating the speed of the fire-beacon chain in The Lord of the Rings.
All well and good, but it also allows me to slip in this great scene from the Ricky Gervais series Extras, in which Sir Ian discourses on the craft:
In case you have not seen Extras, do check it out. Each episode features a different well-known actor playing a slightly (presumably) off-base version of themselves, as in this clip with Patrick Stewart:
The initial link was unMiddleEarthed by erstwhile gamer BeastyBunny, who claims she got it from a friend of hers as a birthday present following a fishing trip.