Quick start guide
You can read the discussion forums rec.arts.books.tolkien
on Google Groups or a separate
newsreader. You'll find...
Stop in and say hello! See below for more
Welcome to the Tolkien Usenet newsgroups! The
and alt.fan.tolkien are the oldest
public online forums discussing Tolkien and Middle-earth. Everyone is
welcome, from new readers to Middle-earth experts, whether you're
looking for social fun or scholarly debate.
Newcomers be warned: spoilers for The
Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are
everywhere, even in message subject lines. Try to skim the FAQs
before posting. The sections about the
proper "netiquette" are
important, and the main Tolkien Meta-FAQ page lists
higher priority topics in bold. In general, the FAQs aim to encourage
discussion by giving everyone a common foundation for these
Once again, welcome! We look forward to your participation.
How to participate in the groups
For those new to Usenet, the easiest entry point to the Tolkien
newsgroups is probably Google
Groups. Current discussions can be found on the pages
Google has a
help page, which explains
is a Usenet Newsgroup?"
Most regular participants prefer to use a separate Usenet
newsreader program instead. Email programs like Outlook Express,
Windows Mail, and Mozilla Thunderbird include basic Usenet interfaces,
newsreader programs can be better. Search online or ask on the
groups for suggestions.
If you use any newsreader program, you will need a Usenet server to
connect to. Some ISPs still provide one, but it's becoming less
common. Many group participants recommend
news.individual.net, which costs
10 euros per year and provides reliable service and spam filtering.
gives instructions for
various newsreaders; the general methods there should work for any
Usenet server. There are also a small number of free newsservers,
For more information on Usenet in general, you might start with
newsgroup include a lot of practical advice.
Tolkien newsgroup projects and websites
The r.a.b.t charter formally defines
that group. The groups have a website at
which has information on past group projects and participants. There
is also a
group to help current and former participants keep in touch.
On a lighter note, the Tolkien Newsgroups LotR
E-text project was a collaborative parody
of The Lord of the Rings. O. Sharp's
Sarcasm Page hosts the final result as
The Lord Of
The... whatever, along with other newsgroup humor such as the
Examples of group discussions
Thus far, I have only included a few examples of my own posts to
the groups, but eventually I hope to link to some good complete
A few of my newsgroup posts.
A few of my humorous posts.