I am a high school student and a fan of Tolkien's works. While I am eager to expand my knowledge over Tolkien's writings, I by no means consider myself an expert, and gear my revisions of this wiki towards correcting typos, grammar, link problems and references. I also occasionally rewrite poorly written bits of articles to help with the flow, but I try to avoid making any major changes (although sometimes I can't resist the temptation to add a bit of missing information...). If I do something wrong, PLEASE let me know on my talk page.
For any new users with those simple questions that are awkward to ask (I have a lot of those, it seems), I'll be happy to help to the best of my ability, although I can't promise I'll be of much use when it comes to the more complex details. Still, I suppose in the worst case scenario we can be confused together. Again, if I do something wrong in my edits, please let me know so I don't do it again. I love this site, and hold it as a valuable resource. The last thing I want to do is create problems for the other users. Thank you!
Random Questions I Feel Bad Bothering Anyone With
- Who is allowed to apply or remove maintenance templates (and what should I do if, for instance, I come across an unsourced article without a sources template, or an article "needing to be rewritten" that has since been fixed?)
- Is there a one-volume and three-volume set for the 50th anniversary edition of Lord of the Rings, and if so, do the page numbers differ?
- When was Beleg given Anglachel: the first or the second time he went in search of Túrin? In The Children of Húrin p. 96-97 it is right after Túrin has fled Doriath, but in the Silmarillion it coincides with Melian's gift of lembas. Which is more canonical?
- When it comes to poems, does the information about their context go in the introduction or history section?
The funny thing about me is, I have trouble picking favorites, mainly because I have too many of them. But I suppose if you've read this far on my user page, I haven't bored you to death yet, so I might as well ramble a bit more. It's just a list of favorite characters right now, I might add other things later.
Of the Elves:
- Finrod Felagund: There is something special about Finrod's personality, and I think, when simply put, it is that he is one of the kindest characters of the legendarium. He is wise and powerful, but also generous and loyal. Those traits, when combined, make up the greatest of leaders.
- Glorfindel: If I remember correctly (okay, I checked, page 107-108 in my copy of The Fall of Gondolin), Glorfindel was sort of everybody's favorite. And I have to say, he kind of earned it.
- Ecthelion: the version from the Book of Lost Tales, mostly because there's more information there. Even severely injured, he rose to defend Tuor from Gothmog lord of Balrogs, and gave his life in the defense of his friend and city. And then afterwards, as if that weren't enough to win a spot on the favorites list, young Eärendel remarks that he wishes Ecthelion were with him to "play to me on his flute, or make me willow whistles!"
- Maedhros and Maglor: I'll be the first to admit they had some serious issues, but of the sons of Fëanor, they are my favorites. Maedhros because he has such an interesting, and in my opinion, well-developed character that blends a bit of a temper with wisdom and compassion. Not necessarily the sort of person I'd like to meet, but certainly an interesting character. And I consider Maglor to be the kindest of the sons of Fëanor, and the most regretful.
Of the other races (yes, the Elves are my favorite, they get their own section):
- Faramir: Faramir went through so much, but he always had time for mercy and compassion. The story behind his creation as a character interests me too. I think the article explains it pretty well here.
- Ioreth: She is so incredibly talkative and annoying that it makes me laugh. Aragorn and Gandalf seemed less than thrilled, however.
- Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin: I really did try picking a favorite hobbit, but after I sat for a while thinking about it I decided I couldn't. They're all special, in their own ways.