Jaron Pak

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Rochester, NY
Thomas Edison University Of New Jersey
Tolkien, The Office, MCU
  • Jaron's one passion to rule them all is his lifelong obsession with all things Tolkien, and he prides himself on being a plugged-in member of the intense, insane, and endlessly lovable Tolkien community (and outside of that prestigious group, can find no equal to challenge his vast store of Middle-earth lore).
  • He has spent years geeking out over TV shows like "The Office" and "Community" and film franchises like Star Wars and the MCU.
  • He also helms the podcast "The Halfling" and has spent time rubbing shoulders with and interviewing a plethora of Middle-earth actors and influencers.


Jaron has penned elite Middle-earth content for Xoop for over half a decade. He continues to provide ongoing coverage of both "The Rings of Power" and "The Wheel of Time" through ongoing interviews with actors and crew members. He has read through The Lord of the Rings dozens of times (at this point, he's lost count) and has repeatedly devoured The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and countless other Tolkienian writings. He is an expert on all things related to the famous Oxford Professor. Jaron is a serial entrepreneur, and since he was 19 years old, he has written professionally for numerous niches, from education to artisan coffee, business, finance, and tech — but entertainment is always the one that lures him back. He is consistently recruited to both write and ghostwrite for high-profile publications, including Forbes, Inc, and Entrepreneur. Along with writing, Jaron has a passion for research. He spent the first half of his career performing intense research projects. He particularly enjoys mining ancient texts to discover how they've influenced modern pop culture narratives. From Xenophon to the Kalevala, he has no fear of tackling complex primary sources in order to find the information he needs. At the end of the day, though, Jaron is a world-class nerd who was born with a pen in his hand.


Jaron has a bachelor's in entrepreneurship from Thomas Edison University of New Jersey. He has additional SEO training and has started multiple businesses in various fields, more than one of which revolves around Tolkien.
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