Essays

These are essays that I’ve written or that I’d like to bring to your attention.


Arda’s Culture and History

Basic History of the Languages of Arda
By: dreamingfifi
Description: This is a guide for those of you trying to figure out what language people would be speaking and naming in a fanfiction/roleplay/daydream.
Death and funerary practices in Middle-earth (links to a PDF)
By: Pat Reynolds
Description: A description of the funeral practices of Middle-earth, and discussion about the likely inspirations for them.
Tolkien’s Magic
By: dreamingfifi
Description: A comprehensive examination of the magic Tolkien created for Eä.
Magic in Middle-earth
By: Steuard Jensen
Description: An essay on the nature of magic in Middle-earth.
Eldarin Views on Killing and Healing, and the History of the Elessar
By: dreamingfifi
A short essay exploring the Elven views on healing versus killing, and Aragorn’s magical wedding gift and namesake.
The Healing Arts of Middle-earth
By: Tinw
A careful breakdown of all the texts mentioning healing to better understand its nature in Tolkien’s lore.
What Tolkien Officially Said About Elf Sex
By: Tyellas
Description: A cross-referenced list of everything Tolkien said about elf sex.
An Elven Wedding
By: dreamingfifi
Description: A detailed essay about Elven weddings based on The Laws and Customs of the Eldar, an essay by J. R. R. Tolkien. See also: Elven Wedding Vows
Sea-Longing
By: dreamingfifi
Description: An essay debunking the fanon about Sea-Longing.
The Council of Elrond and The Fellowship of the Ring
By: dreamingfifi
Description: A quick memory refresher about two important events in The Lord of the Rings books for fan fiction writers.


Races

Elven Races
By: dreamingfifi
Description: An easy to understand description of the three Elven races for the Role Players and fan fiction writers.
The Origin of Man
By: dreamingfifi
Description: An easy to understand essay about the races of Men.
The Unnatural History of Tolkien’s Orcs
By: Tyellas
Description: This essay is a double-barrelled look at Tolkien’s remarkable creation, the fantasy race of orcs, examining them on two levels; what Tolkien’s orcs have meant to the genre of fantasy writing, and what Tolkien intended his orcs to be – including the answers about the orcs’ facts of life.
The Truth About Balrogs
By: Conrad Dunkerson
Description: This is the introductory page for a series of essays exploring many questions about these much-debated creatures.
Vampires and Werewolves in Middle-earth
By: dreamingfifi
Description: A brief analysis of what we know about vampires and werewolves from the story of Lúthien and Beren.


Characters

Legolas of Mirkwood – Prince Among Equals
By: Tinw
Description: An informative essay about one of the most favored characters.
Speaking of Legolas…
By: Michael Martinez
Description: A well-researched essay about Legolas’ age.
The Elladan and Elrohir Factsheet
By: Tyellas
Description: Almost every piece of Tolkien canon information available about the twin sons of Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir.
“I am No Man” Doesn’t Cut It: The Story of Eowyn
By: Mariah Huehner
A feminist comparison of Éowyn’s story arc in the books and movies.
Haldir By The Book
By: Tyellas
Description: An overview of Book Haldir, the character as originally written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
What is Tom Bombadil?
By: Steuard Jensen
Description: A comprehensive essay discussing the various theories about the nature and identity of Tom Bombadil.


Writing

Tolkien’s Usage of “Thou” and “Thee”
By: DrummerWench
A methodical examination of Tolkien’s usage of the familiar second person pronoun.
Titles and Forms of Address In JRR Tolkien’s Legendarium
By: Certh
A methodical breakdown of how and why Tolkien used specific forms of address for specific people.
How to write dialogue for Middle-earth characters.
By: dreamingfifi
Description: An easy step by step method for making more realistic dialogue for the residents of Middle-earth and avoiding common errors made by role-players and fan fiction writers alike.
Foreign Tongues in Fanfic
By: dreamingfifi
Description: An essay about how to use foreign languages gracefully in fiction.


Tolkien

Warm Beds Are Good: Sex and Libido in Tolkien’s Writing
By: Tyellas
Description: An attempt at a scholarly analysis of sex in Tolkien.


Miscellaneous

From Book to Movie
By: dreamingfifi
Description: A rant about using the movies in fan fiction.
Naming Your Children in Elvish
By: dreamingfifi
Description: An essay about using fantasy names in our world, on our children.
Forum Politics
By: dreamingfifi
Description: An essay/rant about setting up and controlling forums effectively.