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To search the Lord of the Rings wiki:

  • There should be a small search box at the side of the screen, marked search, followed by Go and Search. Just type what you're looking for into the search box and press the Enter key. Or, click Go or Search.

The difference between Go (same as enter) and Search is that Go first looks for an article with the given string as its title, and if one is found immediately goes to the indicated article. If Go fails to find an article, it then automatically executes Search which is a full-text search for the given words.

  • Don't search for only words in quotes. Try the search without quotes first. If that's not good enough, put as many words as possible outside the quotes or add some more to narrow the search.
  • While Go is usually, but not always, case insensitive, Search is always case insensitive. More detail about case sensitivity is provided below.
  • Search is treated as a secondary function of the MediaWiki software and is sometimes unreliable and even completely disabled for performance reasons. If you can't find something you're expecting to find, please try an external search engine.

To search any Wikia wiki, you can use the search bar above the sidebar on the right.

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The search field appears above the sidebar

Advanced Search

Your initial search will probably only search the main namespace and a few others. After you search, you may find that you need to expand your search to other areas of the wiki. To do this, click the "Advanced" link that appears at the bottom of your search results. It will open a box that allows you to select more namespaces and continue searching.

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Advanced search allows you to select more namespaces

Other ways to find pages

How to create a search box

  • To add a search box to any article, just type: <inputbox>type=search</inputbox>. It will produce this box:

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