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Tolkien discussion took place in many newsgroups from the earliest days of Usenet and an alt.fan.tolkien group was created in 1992, followed by rec.arts.books.tolkien early in 1993.
The most popular fansite is currently TheOneRing.net, which is very popular even with the cast and crew. TORn, as it is called, was originally a small movie-news site that gained in prestige as movie-rumors became reality. The filmmakers put special effort into winning over the fans, not simply tolerating but actually actively supporting fansites. Of these, TheOneRing.net is the most well-known and is probably responsible for popularizing the term Ringers. Fans who have avoided the hype surrounding the movie therefore may not use the term, so it is probably preferable to say "Tolkien fans" or "Lord of the Rings fans" when in doubt.
Another popular fansite is LOTRPlaza, which is a role-playing site that doubles as a forum to discuss everything from whether balrogs have wings to the best way to learn Sindarin.
Currently some fans are pushing for the adaptation of The Hobbit prelude as a feature film, although this may not start for another five years at least.
After that, there is a strong drive to have the Silmarillion adapted, although the Tolkien Estate has not sold the film rights. The Silmarillion could provide enough material to easily create two more trilogies*… at least, but is especially troublesome as it is not a single story.
*Strictly speaking, The Lord of the Rings is not a trilogy but rather a single book that, for purposes of publication, is divided into three volumes. This is another issue of frequent debate. It can also be seen as six books since there are two "books" in each volume.
List of Tolkien websites Edit
- Radio Rivendell
- The Lord of the Rings Wiki
- Tolkien Gateway
- Tolkien Sarcasm Page
- Tolkien Society
- Tolkien top 100
- Tolkien News – Constantly updated news source for all things Middle-earth.
- Lord of the Rings Fan-generated portal with videos, articles, image gallery and more...
- La Montagne du Destin French site with an encyclopedia, articles, languages...
- Encyclopedia of Arda – a large online source for the names from Tolkien's works. Many of the entries are incomplete, as it is constantly being updated, and some are incorrect. It has been used as a source.
- Lord of the Rings Library – another online source for Middle Earth facts.
- Ardalambion – This is a great site for anyone who wants to delve into the languages of Middle-earth. Recommended for anyone who wants to learn Quenya.
- The Tolkien Meta-FAQ – Summaries of common discussions about Tolkien and Middle-earth, from basic questions to expert debates.
- Michael Martinez Tolkien Essays – A large collection of essays on Tolkien and Middle-earth.
- The Tolkien Wiki – The first wikiweb dedicated to the literary works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Contains a compendium, book-descriptions, essays, FAQ, etc.
- The One Ring.net – A site with multiple examples of Tolkien Fanart, Fanwriting, and a little bit of facts.
- The Lord of the Rings official movie site – the official movie website. It contains information on the movie and the books.
- Ted Nasmith – Tolkien Illustrations – The website of Tolkien illustrator Ted Nasmith, which includes galleries of illustrations for several books.
- Tolkien Gateway – Tolkien site with tons of information on the books, movies, music, games, languages, etc.
- An Encyclopedia of Middle Earth in the Third Age
- Endorion – Bulgarian site about Tolkien and his works.
- BilboHobbit Site about The Hobbit Movie.
- Annals of Arda A Danish website with an Encyclopedia of Tolkien mythology.
- Sauron Eye - search engine in Lord of the Ring style with animation.