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2015Aug. 9, 2015
Updated articles with more information:
"Names of Ungoliant" by Varda-(Valar)
"Ungoliant's Origin" by Varda-(Valar)
Formatting work on the Ungoliant index and articles.
Oct. 9, 2014
"Food in the Shire" by Arien-(Valar)
Sept. 29, 2014
"Who Are the Elven-wise?" by Varda-(Valar)
Update to "Description of Frodo" by Varda-(Valar)
Some formatting work including the Glorfindel index and articles, Elves, Objects, Weapons.
July 8, 2013
One Ring to Rule Them All: Addictions in LotR by Lisa Smith
Jan. 16, 2013
Thorin Oakenshield by Arien-(Valar)
Oct. 5, 2012
Ioreth by Ioreth-(V)
Oct. 4, 2012
Smaug by Varda-(Valar)
Oct. 4, 2011
Wolves by Irmo-(Valar)
Aug. 11, 2011
Galadriel by Irmo-(Valar)
Aug. 20, 2011
Nerdanel by Varda-(Valar)
July 13, 2011
Zirakzigil by Varda-(Valar)
June 6, 2011
Firiel of Númenor by Firiel-(T)
March 19, 2011
I Angamando Vere Hante "The Leaguer of Angband Broken" Quenya composition by Firiel-(T).
March 12, 2011
Tilkal by Varda-(Valar)
Jan. 28, 2010
Purpose and Fate of Man by Varda-(Valar)
Jan. 25, 2011
Elves part 2 Information beyond the Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings, by Eonwe-(Valar).
Dwarves article updated with an additional last line by Eonwe-(Valar).
Jan. 6, 2011
Elves part 1 Information from the Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings, by Eonwe-(Valar). New article: an overview of Elves.
Jan. 4, 2011
Elf Types by Varda-(Valar): more material added; reorganized.
2010Oct. 3, 2010
Barrow-wights by Varda-(Valar): more material added to the article from App. A, RotK.
Elendilmir by Varda-(Valar): more material added from non-RotK appendix.
March 21, 2010
Raft-elves by Varda-(Valar).
Nov. 27, 2009
The First Conflict of the Battles of Beleriand by Varda-(Valar). This article is research in response to a question over which is truly
the first battle of Beleriand, with an explanation of where confusion
might be caused.
Nov. 1, 2009
The Faë and Faëry in Keats' Ode to a Nightingale, and in Tolkien's concept by Turgon-(V)
Superhuman Power and Corruption by Turgon-(V)
August 20, 2009
Dwarves by Eonwe-(Valar). A huge overview of JRRT's writings on Dwarves in the LotR, Sil, and the volumes of the Histories of Middle-earth series.
May 30, 2009
Chieftains navigation improved.
April 30, 2009
The Tale of Tinúviel translation to Sindarin by Luthien-(T).
Feb. 11, 2009
Dwarves: Information from the Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings by Eonwe-(Valar)
Jan. 27, 2009
The Book List and Reviews page now has Franco Manni's review of Tom Shippey's "Roots and Branches".
Jan. 23, 2009
"Tom Shippey, Roots and Branches, Walking Tree Publishers, Zollikofen (Switzerland), 2007, pp. 416". Article by Franco Manni-(T).
Review of Tom Shippey's book, "Roots and Branches", translated from Italian into English.
Received by email Jan. 13, 2009. Until Arveleg-(V) adds it to the Valar Guild's Book List and Reviews section on his server, it is available from the above link from Varda on Alatar's valarguild.org server.
Dec. 17, 2008
Tolkien and the Two World Wars by Fingolfin-(TV). Article under Tolkien, the man.
To My Mother by Luthien-(TV). Languages: Sindarin: original poem written in Sindarin and translated to English.
Dec. 16, 2008
Eldacar articles added, included in the A-Z menu.
Minor articles were added by Varda-Valar for the Kings pages to keep up the flow and for later additions: Tarcil, Tarondor, Valandur, Elendur, Earendur.
The Valandils and Eldacars were given separate pages to allow better flow for the Kings pages.
Touch-ups and corrections to some of the Kings pages.
Isildur's article now shows
on the page for Mankind; the original article's been up since Nov 2007,
but the link had never been updated, going only to an image page that
also did not link to the article.
The subject menu frame now has a working link to the A-Z frame.
Dec. 7, 2008
Isildur article updated with more information.
Oct. 29, 2008
Concerning Goblins (Orcs) in The Hobbit by Arien-(Valar).
Sept. 25, 2008
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Translation to Sindarin by Luthien-(TV) for the Language Section.
July 21, 2008
The Valar Guild Book List and Reviews for Tolkien Subjects, handled by Arveleg-(V), has moved to a new server.
He warns that "I did encounter one technical difficulty. I noticed on some other
computers that when the text size is larger than the "medium" setting
in Internet Explorer, it makes the book reviews home page's text kind
July 11, 2008
Page on how to make a bibliography: Forms for Making a Bibliography.
June 1, 2008
Discovering the Inspiration behind Tolkien's Lord of the Rings by CuChullaine O'Reilly FRGS
April 16, 2008
Tolkien-linguist Extraordinaire by Amaranth-(V).
Feb. 22, 2008
Death in Tolkien's Legendarium by Amaranth-(V).
Feb. 18, 2008
Under the Subject section for Papers:
Real and Imaginary History in Lord of the Rings by Franco Manni-(TV)
Translation by Jimmy Bishop for Franco Manni.
Received by email Feb. 17, 2008, written much earlier.
Dec. 31, 2007
Battles of Beleriand project by Fingolfin-(TV)
Nirnaeth Arnoediad: Battle of Unnumbered Tears by Varda-(Valar) as an addition to the above project.
Dec. 2, 2007
Articles under B: added title and author meta tags to the head.
<meta name="title" content="nameofpage">
<meta name="author" content="nameofauthor">
Nov. 27, 2007
Isildur by Varda-(Valar).
Kings of Rohan now has dates for the kings, and the successors may be followed from page to page.
Search engine aid by adding <meta name="title"
content="nameofpage"> into the articles under A.
Oct. 10, 2007
Tolkien and Beowulf by Ancalagon-(V). Sent in for the Tenth Anniversary of the Valar Guild.
Oct. 7, 2007
The Corruption of the Lord of the Rings by Ancalagon-(V). Sent in for the Tenth Anniversary of the Valar Guild.
Oct. 6, 2007
The Complete Chronology of the First Age of Ea by Arveleg-(V)
is now online! This is an enormous resource in progress, intended to
show the timeline from the creation of the Ainur to after the end of
Arda. It was written to come out for the Tenth Anniversary of the Valar
Aug. 5, 2007
Arveleg-(V) is now handling the Tolkien Encyclopedia section: Book List and Reviews. He has made a new site on a new server, building on previous pages by Lungorthin-(Valar) who built on Varda-(Valar)'s.
July 24, 2007
Articles by Arveleg-(V):
Men: Gethron, Grithnir,
Úmarth, Titles and Names of Turin
Objects: The Helm of Hador
July 15, 2007
Articles by Arveleg-(V) posted:
July 14, 2007
Article by Arveleg-(V) posted:
July 13, 2007
Article by Arveleg-(V) posted:
July 10, 2007
Articles by Arveleg-(V) posted:
Outlaws of Turin", Larnach,
or Lalaith", Sador
July 9, 2007
New articles by Arveleg-(V):
Thought piece, put under
Objects, cross-reference to Eru: "Flame
Imperishable or the Secret Fire"
These next articles use only the Children of Hurin as a
reference and should go up this week:
Objects/Weapons: Belthronding, and
Dwarves: Gamil Zirak
Men: Algund, Andróg, Forweg,
Gaurwaith, Lalaith or Urwen, Larnach, Sador, Orleg, and Ulrad.
Cabed-en-Aras, Celebros, and the Crossings of Teiglin.
July 5, 2007
New articles by Arveleg-(V).
of Orcs" by Varda-(Valar). First orcs coming against Beleriand,
against Thingol's kingdom.
Company" by Varda-(Valar). Small addition on which ones were of
under the major subject heading of "Dwarves",
going to General articles.
June 27, 2007
fka Arveleg I-(TV).
Many are from the new Children
May 30, 2007
Silmarillion: Book Review by Arveleg
I-(TV). This is Arveleg's entry article for joining the
guild. He hopes to be writing an article helping us with the Kings
project as well.
April 15, 2007
Arien-(Valar), promoted from Finduilas-(V), has
had a file name change for her articles and Author's Page, and her work
is now credited as Arien-(Valar).
New Article: "Borin" by Borin-(V) and
Finduilas-(V). This husband and wife team not only do well together in
gaming, but brought us this article.
New Article: "Finduilas, Daughter of Adrahil"
by Finduilas-(V). The vacant Finduilas name was quickly filled by this
Feb. 27, 2007
Book review by Franco Manni-(TV), seven pages:
Garbowski, Recovery and Transcendence for the Contemporary Mythmaker.
The Spiritual Dimension in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien,
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University Press, Lublin (Poland), 2000, 232
Feb. 6, 2007
Update to "Oromë"
Jan. 30, 2007
Slight update to "Elf
Types" by Varda.
Jan. 21, 2007
"Finduilas, Daughter of Orodreth" by Finduilas-(V),
giving the two versions of the story of the elf maid as they are given
in the Silmarillion and Book of Lost Tales 2. This is Finduilas' first
article for us, but she has also given us short stories and humor.
Added the rest of the Dwarves from Thorin's Company
to the A-Z menu.
Corrected the Tolkien Site index for non-framed to
Jan. 2, 2007
Seven Structural Wonders of Middle-earth" by Barahir-(V).
Emailed Dec. 27, 2006, posting completed Jan. 2, 2007.
Dec. 24, 2006
Search Engine! Eonwe-(Valar) programmed this
search engine from scratch for the Valar Guild's Tolkien Encyclopedia
as his Christmas present. Enjoy this brilliant piece of work now on the
home pages for both the framed and unframed versions of the
Nov. 26, 2006
Now linked into the Encyclopedia: "Ar-Pharazôn: from Armenelos to Aman"
da Armenelos ad Aman" in the original Italian,
Armenelos en Aman" in French, by Emanuele "Theoden" Scalzo-(TV).
The English translation was emailed Nov. 22, 2006. Opinions expressed,
as always, belong to the author and may or may not be the official
position of the Valar Guild.
Nov. 25, 2006
index is now set up to take care of
Nov. 14, 2006
in English and the original
Italian, by Emanuele
Nov. 9, 2006
da Armenelos ad Aman" in
Armenelos en Aman" translated from Italian to French. This is an
article by Emanuele "Theoden" Scalzo-(TV). He intends to send an
Nov. 2, 2006
Mirror of Galadriel" by Varda-(Valar)
Phial of Galadriel" by Varda-(Valar)
Objects page now has an
Nov. 1, 2006
Glance" by Emanuele "Theoden" Scalzo-(TV) is now up. The
original article in Italian is also up.
Oct. 30, 2006
Types: updated this article with a new and separate section
on Moriquendi, and rearranged the types.
Separated the article on Maeglin
by Alatar-(Valar)-ex onto it's own page, moved the Maeglin
Index into a folder.
Oct. 7, 2006
Thorin's Company project continued:
of Thorin's Company", "Bofur
of Thorin's Company".
Filled in links for the earlier part of
Oct. 3, 2006
Thorin's Company project continued:
in Thorin's Company",
in Thorin's Company", "Bombur
of Thorin's Company". Additions to the previous members.
Oct. 2, 2006
New project: "Thorin's Company", for the 9th
anniversary of the Valar Guild. It has started with the incomplete
Company" which is also an index, "Balin
of Thorin's Company", "Dwalin",
At this point the author gave out for the night.
Sept. 26, 2006
New article: "Finwe".
This article is by Fingolfin-(TV) of Greece, and is the article with
which he gained his Tolkien-only Honor, using a Greek version of the
Silmarillion. Quite a feat!
Aug. 24, 2006
Updated links on the Man page. (Click Reload
Started work on Man articles under A to make
the format more the same and add links.
Added this What's New page to the no-frames index
and left frame menu.
Added spaces to the no-frames index for area separation.
All 10 A-Z additions done.
Added more to the article on Tar-Minastir.
Aug. 21, 2006
Finished Numenorean Kings links so as to run
right down the line inside the articles through Ar-Pharazon.
For this continuity, Varda made articles for: Tar-Calmacil,
Tar-Ciryatan, Tar-Minastir, Tar-Telemmaite,
Added another article on Ar-Adunakhor.
King articles need added to the Man page and A-Z.
Aug. 19, 2006
Updated Numenorean Kings with more links to
Made articles, allowing smoother navigation along
the line of the first ten kings, for Elros (additional), Tar-Elendil,
Tar-Meneldur, Tar-Surion, Tar-Telperien, Vardamir. Not on A-Z menu
yet. Work in progress.
July 18, 2006
Worked on pages for the Kings of men, Man
July 17, 2006
Finished separating the articles for the page
of Man. Updated the A-Z menu and Author's pages for each article.
Elves page: corrected Author's credits so they go to
the author's pages and show just the current name on the article. Added
author list and desired articles at the bottom.
Updated this page.
Horizontal line dividers are now being used
on this page: small
between months, long between years. I'm not sure if it's helpful or
July 14, 2006
New article: Denethor's
Depression by Varda-(Valar). Second article under the Denethor II
A-Z menus are updating as the page of Man is
separated. I like the addition of the author list on the bottom of the
main subjects at least while separating. It's also interesting to me at
least to see which authors seem to prefer which subjects.
Horizontal line dividers are now being used on this
page: small between months, long between years. I'm not sure if it's
helpful or distracting.
July 3-4, 2006 (midnight and
wee hour oil burning)
Updated A-Z menus quite a bit and did repairs
to bad previous links, plus spot tweaks to some articles as they came
up during the update.
July 1, 2006
Work has been ongoing on the Mankind page, the most
complicated one yet due to them many lines of rulers. Most has not been
May 3, 2006
articles were separated out today. New Author page for Eomer-(V).
New pictures in numerous articles added thanks to Bohemian Weasel.
Numerous king indices have been created and related
articles separated out since the last mentioned articles update.
April 11, 2006
The last subject section, Mankind, is now having its articles
separated. Today, it was the index for Aragorn
II, and for the Kings
of the Mark with related articles.
April 9, 2006
"Places" section now organized into separate
Note to writers: we seem to be avoiding the evil
places in our writing.
April 4, 2006
New article: World
of Tolkien by Menelvagor-(Valar)
March 24, 2006
New article: Gimli
New article: Mumakil by Gazarok-(TV)
Feb. 22, 2006
New paper! The Complexity of Tolkien's Attitude
the Second World War by Franco Manni-(TV) and Simone
Bonechi. Much food for thought.
just for Tolkien.
Feb. ?, 2006 (before Feb. 19, 2006)
Work started on separating the articles on
the pages of Mankind into smaller indices for each. This will make the
last Subject page to be broken up. Then the A-Z listing of indices will
be updatable and much more useful. The A-Z will not show the actual
number of articles, but of indices of articles. Right now it appears to
be far more useful in finding articles relating to a particular person,
even if they are not mentioned in an article.
Feb. 8, 2006
Finrod index of articles now with picture and
quote, as well as index. Set up section on Finrod's names. Later, the
picture was found to cause confusion, as readers thought they had hit
an article, so the picture and quote were moved to the meatiest actual
Feb. 7, 2006
section completely separated.
Added new part for Sculpture.
Looking at Joomla
as a potential Contents Management
experiment by Farmer Maggot-(V) on his server.
Jan. 4, 2006
Objects page: article separation beginning.
Update to the Mithril Shirt description article by
Dec. 19, 2005
Intelligences page split into
individual articles (actually indices). Appropriate Author links.
Animals page under Wolves now has a link to
Werewolves from the Non-Humanoid page.
Dec. 6, 2005
articles, with appropriate
Author links and some new Author pages.
Added links to the Fellowship page, causing a need
for separated Hobbit articles.
colors on the worked-on pages and on a
number of other sections (Animals, Ents, Plants, Stars and all their
sub-categories, What's New, some regular guild page) to something more
pleasant to the eye, at least to mine, hoping to make them the same on
the whole site. I've been told CSS could make the whole site set-up
change with one line of code, so I'm looking into it.
I must remember to use this page as well as the main
News page. :)
Nov. 13, 2005
under Languages on Orcish. It has new Orcish/English
Oct. 20, 2005
frames connecting the main Encyc better into
Poetry, Art, Stories, Papers, Humor.
"Places" section: more article separation.
Oct. 19, 2005
Powers section: rearranged for clarity,
dropped a twice-listed entry.
Places section: linked authors to their pages:
Varda-(Valar), Beleg-(V) updated to Draugluin-(Valar) and made author
page, Eonwe-(Valar)-ex, Tilion-(Valar), Elatan-(Valar). Separating
articles. Added a quick description of Beorn's Hall, as it is not fun
to put up a reference with nothing but a picture, plus I put a request
on the Articles page for more. Added more requests. Not going to finish
tonight, so I'm not putting up the main Places section with the new
links; too many don't point anywhere yet and I have more to separate.
Did about half. The articles are reachable by not using the frames, but
use the URL just back to the articles and pick the letter.
Papers section: slight updates to navigation.
I've been listening to comments on the navigation
(which, have mercy, is under revamp), and trying to work on some of the
Experimented with links inside articles that go to
Varda, plus link fix for Author's page. (Messing with my own
role-playing name prevents potentially upsetting someone else.) Proper
linking simply cannot be completed until all articles are separated.
The links have a distracting look for me when reading, but are supposed
to be helpful when studying; perhaps use Elatan's system of underline
but don't change color? Gave that a try, but it looks the same as the
underlines for book names, a bit confusing; went back to the brown link
scheme. "Places" looks like the most important next page to separate,
The second frame on the right for all entries under
a group of letters will not be feasible, due to the huge number of
articles making an insanely long scroll. This might have to be cut into
multiple sections or changed to a page, with the A-Z list on the left
frame and no right frame like Mark Fisher's Encyclopedia of Arda.
The only other way to make the right frame work is
to use it only under subject headings. This was Elatan's solution in
Annals of Arda, where he put the subject on the left and A-Z on the top.
So a combination of the approaches might be good, if
I can stand the work. Have a page for each alphabet for links. Have a
right frame for alphabetical lists of the subjects. However, I might
keep it as it is now evolving: subject pages with lists for both
general topics and alphabetical lists for individuals; plus the pages
for each letter with no right frame, but probably a table for big pages.
Oct. 16, 2005
The Orc page has been separated out, Author's
pages linked, and Orc articles (actually indices) added to the A-Z.
Oct. 10, 2005
The Tolkien Encyclopedia reached its seventh year
anniversary in September. Congratulations to the Valar Guild for
keeping it going so long!
The new A-Z navigation rolled out this month,
although incomplete. The subject index will continue as always (and has
always been kept complete), with this additional help added.
We already have a What's New for the Stories
sections, so it's about time to start a What's New in the Articles
Earlier articles were not listed here at the time, but on the general
News only. They go back as far as October 1997 or in 1998 when we
started publishing online.