“Ilúvatar called to them, and said:
'I know the desire of your minds that what ye have seen should verily be,
not only in your thought, but even as ye yourselves are, and yet other.
Therefore I say:
Eä! Let these things Be!
And I will send forth into the Void, the Flame Imperishable,
and it shall be at the heart of the World, and the World shall Be;
and those of you that will may go down into it.'
And suddenly the Ainur saw afar off a light, as it were a cloud with a living heart of flame;
and they knew that this was no vision only, but that Ilúvatar had made a new thing:
Eä, the World that Is.”
--J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Ainulindalë (The Music of the Ainur).
“Long they labored in the regions of Ea,
which is vast beyond the thought of Elves and Men,
until in the time appointed was made Arda, the Kingdom of Earth.
Then they put on the raiment of Earth and descended into it, and dwelt therein.”
--J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Valaquenta
This site is intended as a central repository for Tolkien enthusiasts and scholars looking for a single location to aide in learning and researching information related to J.R.R. Tolkien and his works.
This is the home for the Inland Empire Tolkien Society, a registered official "Smial" of the U.K. Tolkien Society: http://tolkiensociety.org/
We meet every 2nd Saturday of the month from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Cafe Delicio on 2301 N. Monroe in Spokane, WA.
We are also the founders and primary sponsors for Tolkien Moot ( http://www.tolkienmoot.org ), an annual convention dedicated to Tolkien-inspired enthusiasts, scholars, gamers, artists, authors, and performers from around the world running since 2005.
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The Inland Empire Tolkien Society meetings are free monthly gatherings open to the public. Discussions cover Tolkien's many works, and many other authors or works that inspired Tolkien or author's that were directly inspired by Tolkien's works.
We discuss not just The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, but also all the History of Middle-earth, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, and his many non-Middle-earth works such as Roverrandom, Farmer Giles of Ham, and many others, including his various translations of others' works such as Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, and often include readings and discussions of Beowulf, and the Finnish Kalevala in addition to other works that Tolkien frequently drew from.
Some of the other authors discussed include C.S. Lewis (of course), George MacDonald, and many others.
Here are a number of other Tolkien-related sites you may find of interest:
- Tolkien Moot and MerpCon annual conventions - http://www.tolkienmoot.org http://www.merpcon.com
- Other Minds Magazine - http://www.omzine.org
- Middle-earth Radio - http://www.middle-earthradio.com
- Middle-earth Radio Talk Show - http://www.middle-earthtalk.com
- Ea RPG - http://www.earpg.com
- Middle-earth Role-playing community - http://www.merp.com
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