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Tolkien: LOTR, Hobbit, Silmarillion, etc.

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Welcome to r/tolkienfans! This subreddit is a space for the Tolkien nerds of reddit to debate and discuss the whole Tolkien mythos.

We emphasise serious discussion here over jokey/meme-based posts. That's not to say you have to be a LOTR scholar or Tolkien academic to post or enjoy this subreddit, but that we'd prefer not to have image macros or movie gifs filling up this forum.


Please see our frequently asked questions.

Wondering what books there are to read? See /u/ebneter's great post

Full list of All Past Reading Discussions and Other Posts of Note


Subreddit guidelines:

  1. Avoid posting memes, image macros, gifs or other "funny" submissions. This isn't because we're humourless and don't think Tolkien's work should invite humour (of course it does!) but there are a lot of other Tolkien/LOTR subreddits which welcome this kind of content – please take it there!

  2. Be respectful and friendly to your fellow posters. This should go without saying, but treat people as you wish to be treated. If someone is wrong about something, don't downvote them, but politely and helpfully show them what's wrong. We're all fans of Tolkien's work and it's hard to be canonically correct all the time.

  3. We're (mostly) fans of the LOTR/Hobbit movies here, but there are specific subreddits for those things so use them for movie-related posts! Comment threads simply bashing the movies will be deleted.

  4. Same goes for photos of your Tolkien books (there's a sub for that) and for Tolkien-themed artwork (a sub for that too!).

  5. We're currently self (text) posts only to prevent spam and encourage discussion and conversation. If you want to share a video or photo or other link, just include it in your self post!

Try searching before posting a new thread: odds are we've already covered some of the "classic" questions ("Who is Tom Bombadil?", "What happened to the Blue Wizards?", "Why couldn't the Eagles just take the Ring?" etc). We're looking at starting a wiki for these common ones.

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