The origin of this blog is in the Two Rings seminar at MSMC begun in 2007 and continuing in 2009 and 2010. We are a group based in L.A. who are studying the Ring of the Nibelungen and what such a festival might mean for our city and wider community. The Two Rings seminar has been part of the Masters in the Humanities Program at Mount St. Mary’s College led by Dr. Mike Heim. The seminar began in 2007 and continues in 2009, with a Festival version planned for the summer of 2010. The Two Rings seminar focuses on the deep connections underlying both Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) and Ring of the Niebelungen (Richard Wagner).