Thursday, February 19, 2009


Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Tolkien Trail

The Tolkien Trail is a unique site in that it's pages uses original artwork. There are games to play, a message board, fan writings and they have a Cafe Press marketplace to buy Entmoot t-shirts. There are MP3's of spoken word poetry, parodies of songs and more. One of my favorite pages is Lothlorien. Here you will find original art by fans. My favorite by far is Juan Albuerne of Spain sculptures.

For a different feel of Tolkien visit The Tolkien Trail.

Tolkien founded in August of 1998 is primarily a news site for the New Line series of LoTR. They also now include news of the Hobbit and Prequel movies soon to be made. There is a message board, images and people (actors) pages as well as a store. No doubt the advertisements on this site pay for the up keep however, their news is up to date and the pages are not to messy with adds.

To find news quickly visit

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Internet Sacred Text Archives

The Internet Sacred Text Archives is a source of sources per say. You will find sacred texts for any topic including a listing for Tolkien. The listing is made up of books which inspired the Professor to write his Middle-earth sagas. The Volsung Saga and The Mabinogion are but a few of the sources Tolkien used.

A truly interesting site on it's own and helpful for those doing research on the Professor.

The Internet Sacred Text Archives

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ambar Eldaron

Ambar Eldaron is a French Tolkien Site. There are many pages to explore at Ambar Eldaron. The easiest way to get around is the site map. There you can navigate through transcribed elvish texts, links to Elvish/French dictionaries, game pages, merchandise for sale, some art work, a message forum and more. This site primarily delves into the Elvish languages and includes interviews of some who have written books on the subject.

There is an English section (you'll find it easily on the bottom of the site map) with lot's of goodies. It's worth the exploration.

Ambar Eldaron

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Fall of Gil-galad

The Fall of Gil-galad

Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
Of him the harpers sadly sing:
the last whose realm was fair and free
between the Mountains and the Sea.

His sword was long, his lance was keen,
his shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven's field
were mirrored in his silver shield.

But long ago he rode away,
and where he dwelleth none can say;
for into darkness fell his star
in Mordor where the shadows are.

J.R.R. Tolkien

A Chronological Bibliography of Books About Tolkien

A Chronological Bibliography of Books About Tolkien compiled by Åke Bertenstam is another wonderful resource. Easily laid out and perfect for researchers this very long page is loaded with information. Though when I looked at this page it seemed to end in 2004 (no doubt when the Tolkien craze was in full swing) it still is valuable to some.

A Chronological Bibliography of Books About Tolkien compiled by Åke Bertenstam.

A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien

A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien compiled by Åke Bertenstam is exactly as the name implies.

This list not only includes Tolkien's own books but also contributions to other books, as well as contributions to periodicals too. The dating starts as early as 1910 and beyond. It's quite a list and easy to follow links for more information.

It's very well done.

A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien compiled by Åke Bertenstam.

Cambridge Tolkien Society

The Cambridge Tolkien Society was founded in 1984 and has a journal entitled the Anor published approximately three times a year. The events includes game nights, pub nights, reading and discussion nights and more. There are plenty of contact information but nothing about memberships. It certainly looks like their an active bunch.

The Cambridge Tolkien Society

Born of Hope

Born of Hope is an independent film produced by Actors at Work Productions. On this website you will learn of it's beginning, the storyline, stills, trailers and much more. This web site is well laid out and interactive as well. You can leave a question on their Q&A page and it will be answered. There is also a Diary page too.

The film looks promising.

Born of Hope

Saturday, February 14, 2009


'Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.'

J.R.R. Tolkien

Fellowship of the Word-smiths

Fellowship of the Word-smiths or Gwaith I-Phethdain is an interesting site. Created by Ryszard Igor Jerzy Derdzinski for his love of the Elvish languages, he has collected many pages of reference of the major Elvish languages, dialog from all three New Line LoTR productions, essays, compositions, links to downloads to learn these languages, message forum and more.

It's a very interesting site.

Fellowship of the Word-smiths

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dan Smith's Fantasy Fonts

Dan Smith's Fantasy Fonts for Windows is a wonderful site if you are interested in the fonts used in Tolkien's work. Dan explains much including the history of the fonts in Middle-earth and who used them.

The topics are the historic runes used in The Hobbit, Tengwar andCirth Elvish languages. You not only can download Window versions of the fonts but he also includes amazing links to books regarding the subject and other sites for information.

It's easy, interesting and free.

Dan Smith's Fantasy Fonts

A Tolkien Dictionary

A Tolkien Dictionary created by John Ireland may be useful for those interested in Middle-earth etymology. Ireland's sources are the indexes of The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

Also included on the bottom of the page is a link to a Tolkien Language List though it appears you may have to be a member of something (not quite clear as to what) in order to access the information. If anyone has information on what the List has to offer and to what you must join to access it please feel free to contact me at I will pass any information along in this blog.

A Tolkien Dictionary

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


The (not to be mixed up with The Council of Elrond) is a massive site. Their welcome letter says it all.

Greetings friends, from the Council-of-Elrond, the last homely house. The Council-of-Elrond was created by fans and admirers of JRR Tolkien to continue the community that had developed over the years at when it closed.

Here you can find transcripts of all the LotR films, Middle Earth Fonts, Middle Earth Genealogy charts, Middle Earth Fan Fiction, a LotR Gallery, a large selection of Middle Earth Online Java Games, a friendly forum where you can find discussions and fun on a wealth of subjects, and a whole lot more.

All are welcome here who come in peace.

You can view the message forums and all of the other reference materials, their fan fictions sections as well as sending an e-card using their massive New Line movie stills collection (currently unavailable). All in all it's quite easy to get around and worth a look.

Council of