Here at the Volokh Conspiracy, we try to keep readers informed about important new academic research. So it’s essential that we link to this new paper by Radagast the Brown on “The Climate of Middle Earth.” Far from being “Radagast the Bird-tamer! Radagast the Simple! Radagast the Fool!,” as Saruman described him, or being diverted from his mission (as Gandalf believed), Radagast has actually been spending his time conducting important scientific research. For previous VC coverage of Radagast, see here.