Knewbetta is a walker-between-worlds like Glorfindel. He was raised in a lower income African-American neighborhood of wealthy eastern Long Island. He’s a man from the hood and a Tolkien lore expert. He was a kid taking detention in the library… where a friend handed him a copy of The Hobbit. He fell in love with Middle-earth, with the beautiful escape of the world, with the poems, descriptions, and tightly woven interdependencies like his home neighborhood and the hip-hop music he loved.
As an online Tolkien content creator, his gift is making the full complexities of Tolkien’s work accessible to every listener. As a SPACE preceptor, Knewbetta lectures, invites discussion, and helps students draw connections in Tolkien’s complex lore. He lives on Long Island with his wonderful wife and two beautiful boys.