Corey Olsen, known online as The Tolkien Professor, has been one of the most influential voices in the online Tolkien world for almost 15 years. He is a college English professor, Tolkien podcaster, Twitch streamer, university president, author, video game consultant, and educational entrepreneur. Corey’s weekly Exploring the Lord of the Rings broadcast is on the way to setting the record for longest-running discussion of a single secular book in human history. After 250 two-hour sessions over six years, Corey and his listeners have gotten almost ⅔ of the way through The Fellowship of the Ring. In 2022 he hosted Rings and Realms, a YouTube analysis show of Prime Video’s Rings of Power series, and he is currently consulting on the development of the new survival game Return to Moria, set in the Fourth Age of Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
Corey Olsen is also the founder of Signum University, of which he is President, which offers graduate programs in Tolkien Studies and Germanic Philology as well as the Signum SPACE program: short and immersive classes where you can study anime, learn Japanese, and pursue many other interests in a fun academic environment.