I think it very interesting that John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was not a native of England. He was born in South Africa, just as Dave Matthews. Just one of the interesting facts I found out while reading Tolkien and the Great War.
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Hi all, I just joined and I have a specific question.
Do you think that Tolkien can be considered, in some respects, a post-modern author?
If so, in what way?
If not, then where does he fall in the history of art / literature? He is certainly not your typical modernist...
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Hello, I'm New!

Greetings! My name is Allegra and I am new to this community. 'The Lord of the Rings' is my favorite book of all time (I consider it to be one book, since that's how Tolkien originally intended it). My favorite of the books is definately 'The Return of the King'. I was also extremely pleased with Peter Jackson's film. I thought it was for the most part very true to Tolkien and just a superb movie with great actors, all of which were perfect for their roles. I am planning on reading more on the history of Middle-Earth (The Silmarillion, The Book of Lost Tales, etc.), but at the moment I'm way too busy with school for pleasure reading, unfortunately :(

Anyways, just so you know a little more about me, I'm a Christian and I love to read, write, draw and hang out with my friends. Some of my favorite things are: books (especially Classic literature), art, strawberry shortcake, Shakespeare, poetry, peanut butter (lol), quotes, horses (although I love all animals), wildlife, mythology, and movies. I'm also a bit of a tomboy and I love sports. Oh yeah, and did I mention I'm very talkative? Well, I hope to be seeing you guys around!
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Return of the Convention - Bristol 26-27th 2005

Return of the Convention (, 26th-27th March 2005 in Bristol, UK) will be attended by actor and stuntman Kiran Shah. All profits from the event will go to The Red Cross who are deeply involved in current relief efforts after the Asian Tsunami. Other guests are Jed Brophy, Alan Lee and John Howe.

Kiran will be available for autographs to all attendees and will be giving a presentation. We are also excited to be able to offer a stunt workshop with Kiran and Jed Brophy to a limited number of people.

RotC are also offering the opportunity to attend an art workshop with Alan Lee and John Howe and Practical Sword and Shield Wall workshops with LANISTA Ancient Warfare Academy. All workshops will be fully participatory. Other events will include showings of Dominic Monaghan's 'An Insomniac's Nightmare' and the John Howe documentary 'There and Back Again'. See website for full schedule details.

Please pass this info on to anyone who may be interested.


Im a newbie, well as you can tell. I've read the Lord of the Rings trilogy two times all together, and I still find little things here and there that I never noticed or put together. I hope to be able to talk to people about these books and other tolkien books as well.
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People using Quenya names

I've noticed something out there on the message boards and peoples personal websites: They use Quenya or Sindarin names, but they're getting them wrong, or missing out in important part of the meaning.

Two common ones are Eruanna and Erulisse.
Most people seem to use Eruanna and Erulisse to mean "Grace"
Very few people seem to remember that Eru is (one of) the name(s) of Tolkien's god in middle earth. So strictly speaking it’s "Grace of God" and what's more, Eruanna is actually "Gift of God" (but that's understandable, since the gift of god is the grace of god and vice versa. It's a subtle difference) and Erulisse is "Sweetness of God"

This isn't a post to moan about these uses, merely to draw out an interest in the names and their meanings.

Does anyone else have any that they would like to share?

Tolkien and Death

Greetings, fellow tolkienites . the_powerlines is off being smart at writer's camp, so I am in charge. *Cracks the Proverbial Moderator Whip of Doom at everybody*

Seriously, though, I am so excited that this community is starting to pick up. I'd like to remind the community: Special Note About Lurking: Please don't! Obviously you enjoy Tolkien, otherwise you wouldn't have joined. Talk to us. And that's all I'm going to say on that subject.

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For discussion: playing Devil's advocate...

Did Aragorn have a right to take the throne of Gondor?

He descends through both of the sons of Elendil - in direct descent through Valandil, youngest (and only surviving) son of Isildur, and somewhat more distantly from Anarion through Firiel, daughter of King Ondoher.

But is this enough? The last King of Gondor died in T.A. 2050 - it would be almost a thousand years before Elessar took the throne, in T.A. 3019, and three thousand years since any heir of Isildur had ruled Gondor.

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