A bunch of readers have emailed me about this — thank you all –and yes, I’ve been aware of it, and I’ve been meaning to get to it for quite a while.
Remember when Strider went hunting for Gollum? You do if you read the appendices Tolkien packed with all the side stories that never made it into The Lord of the Rings. British filmmaker Chris Bouchard turned that particular tidbit into this 40-minute short, produced for £3,000 by volunteer fans (read more about it at the Guardian).
I hope to watch the film today or tomorrow and report on it ASAP.