Database issuesHad some funky issues with the database in recent days. Thankfully we have backup made twice daily. Everything is back up and running again, but we've lost all new data produced in the past two days – sorry!
--Admin on 28/04/14 - 09:53 am 68 Comments
New Story/Chapter Bug - Fixed!Sorry about that everyone - the bug is now fixed, so you can post new stories.
--Admin on 09/04/14 - 05:08 am 21 Comments
UpgradeMade an upgrade of the underlying eFiction software to the very latest version. Do let me know if you spot any issues.
--Admin on 16/02/14 - 04:27 am 82 Comments
DowntimeApologies for the recent downtime. We've upgraded the server hosting the website, so hopefully everything will be a little snappier going forward. No data was lost during the upgrade process. Do leave a comment if you spot any issues.
--Admin on 28/01/13 - 02:28 pm 11 Comments
The Hobbit Featureposted an exclusive, behind-the-scenes feature for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It includes great footage of the making of the film plus our new interviews with the cast. Check it out!
--Admin on 16/12/12 - 04:20 pm 6 Comments
Return of the SpammerThe spammer has returned. Thank for you the spam reports over the last week. The spam has now been removed and the user banned from the website. Please continue to report inappropriate content on the site and we will do our best to do what we can to keep the site clean.
--Admin on 13/12/12 - 08:34 pm 7 Comments
Giggle/Snort Awards 2012Upcoming fan fiction award that might be of interest to some of you:
Spam RemovalSome minor spam has cropped up in a few places across the site.
Be involved in a fandom article
Interested in being featured in an article about LOTR fandom? A journalist in the UK is interested in writing a piece about die hard LOTR fans. Here's some further details and contact information:
--Admin on 23/12/11 - 02:01 am 18 Comments
What would you like to see happen?
This message comes from both Adora and Keith.
We've been discussing the reactions nonstop over the past few days. We've read all the comments and we know you're unhappy - and we don't want you to be.
We honestly just want to make positive changes to the site, but not at the cost of driving people away. We're both willing to work with you to find a solution that is more comfortable.
All previous plans are on hold.
What would you like us to do to resolve the situation? Would you prefer to have Adora back in charge?
The server has been paid up for quite some time, so if people truly want to have Adora back in charge, losing the site in the immediate future would no longer be an issue.
Keith would like to remain as part of the team (and fulfil a role as technical admin), but any future changes would go through Adora and be put to a vote by the community itself.
We're both busy with family commitments in the coming days but wanted to get this quick message out to you to begin this dialogue with you.
- Keith & Adora
My relationship with Tolkien
I'd to take some time to answer a few of the posed questions regarding my experience with LotR....
Here's my Tolkien history. I watched the first movie at the cinema and this was my first experience of Tolkien. I loved it. I then read the books, and loved them too. I then, like you guys, had to wait patiently for the other movies to be made, and watched them both on release day (or at least weekend). I have since read the Hobbit - and, of course, am eagerly anticipating the film. I think Martin Freeman is the perfect cast for the young Bilbo. I would have loved del Toro to have directed; I was pretty amazed by the world he created in Pan's Labyrinth, so would have been interesting to see what he would have made of Middle Earth.
Finally, I have seen bits of the animated version of LotR as it keeps showing on one of the channels here in the UK. I haven't watched it all, mind you; I really struggle to take it seriously with some of the voices (Sam and Gollum have me in stitches, which I'm sure is not the intention!).
Zhie asked which I prefer - the books or the films? As with almost all books I've read that have been turned into movies, I'd have to say I prefer the books. You just get more detail, and the story is complete - no need for editing or exposition.
Another question was which is my favourite of the books - I can't say - I read them all in one go, so it felt to me like one volume, really. Of the films, which I watched one at a time - I'd probably go with Two Towers - after reading the books I remember this being something I was really looking forward to seeing visualised (mainly Treebeard and the Ents.....).
As to a favourite character? I'd probably plump with Sam. Why? Barazinbar asked which character are you most like and I'd say it would have to be one of the Hobbits. I grew up in rural England, and have since moved to various towns and cities - and I always identified with the way the Hobbits talked about 'The Shire' and 'home' - talking amongst themselves about the various pubs and bridges and fields and the characters they know from The Shire - much like I have done with my friends about the village I grew up in. In many ways Sam is the true hero of the stories.
As to my thoughts on fan fiction and fandom. After watching the films and reading the books, I did think about what would happen next - but to be honest, I never thought once about trying to conceive a story of my own - I have never written any fiction (I'm not sure where to start, and I guess there is a real fear of failure/embarrassment) or seeking out any fan-fiction, at lest not until recently. I think there was always a concern for me that it would disappoint. I really want to give NaNoWriMo a try this November to challenge myself and to get writing.
So, I guess in summary I'd say I'm a fan, but just not a super-fan like some of you might be. It's just something I've not really gotten into.
Indeed I should! There are some things I've wanted to discuss with LotR fans (which I'm sure you guys have, at length) - the biggest one being that I thought the biggest flaw with films, in my opinion, was how easy it seemed for the Army of the Dead to sweep through the armies of Mordor. Being so wise and all, Gandalf and Elrond should have thought of it earlier! I'm sure you guys know the answer to that and will shoot me to pieces....but hey, we're here to learn and enjoy discussing topics with one another.
So that's my frank and honest account of my relationship with Tolkien and the world of LotR. Perhaps you're disappointed that I'm not a complete LotR geek and that the site is now in the wrong hands. I could certainly see how it would be beneficial to have more knowledge.
Thankfully though, Adora and I will be working together as a team, and also absolutely wish to use all of your knowledge and experience too. As Adora mentioned in a previous discussion, the site was started by her only after having watched the movies - so evidence shows that complete cannon knowledge isn't a prerequisite for creating and building a great community.
I'm not a world expert on Winnie the Pooh, but have managed to build one of the most beautiful, content rich and relevant Winnie the Pooh content sites on the Internet - one that has been enjoyed thoroughly by its users, and has received accolade from Disney and others - all with the support and guidance of its fans (and yes, I'm fully aware the differences between that and LotRFF are great). I now know quite a lot about Winnie the Pooh and I'm sure my knowledge of LotR is only set to rapidly grow too.
Want to remove your account?
As far as I'm aware (and I've done some research and consulted Adora on this), it's not currently possible for users to delete their own account themselves. The efiction software that underpins the website simply doesn't have that feature. As a result, it's an action that can only be taken as an admin.
Whilst I'm of course not happy to see anyone decide to leave the site, I naturally recognise your right to do so and to remove your account in the process.
In order for you to delete your account, I ask for you to contact me through my profile. This will help verify that you're deleting your own account. I will respond to your request as quickly as possible, but please understand that it might take up to a day or two to process.
For the sake of full transparency, I want to let you know that when your account is deleted, it is removed from the database (I tested this to make sure). A backup of the database is made on a frequent basis (to ensure that we don't lose anything if there was a bug or another issue) and so your data will be retained in these historic backups. Of course, your data is safe and will not be used whatsoever, but I want to make it open that the data will still exist, even if not used.
I've gone ahead and processed all the account deletion requests that I've received through my profile, so there should not be any outstanding requests - let me know if this is not the case and I will rectify this swiftly.
Many thanks to everybody who took the time to read about the recent changes and who provided their feedback. I'd like to address some of the most common questions and concerns:
Who is the new owner?
Is Adora still involved in the site?
What does Adora make of all this?
What is the future of LotRFF?
What kind of new features?
What are the long-term plans for the site?
Will the site continue to be free?
Will user data, or the stories be sold?
Is the site going to be plastered with ads?
But your intention is to make a profit?
I want to out - can I delete my account and my stories?
I hope that you'll appreciate that I've tried to be very open and honest with you. We could have done more to better communicate the changes and for that I'm sorry.
I'm really excited about what we can do together with the site and I hope that you'll join me.
Quick Bug Fix
Many thanks to all those who reported an issue they experienced whereby changes were not being saved after editing an existing chapter/story.
This bug has now been addresses and you should now be able to freely edit and save changes to your stories.
Please do let me know if you spot any other problems; my current priority is to make sure that the site is up and running perfectly.
Changes at LotRFF
My name is Keith and I'm delighted to make this very special announcement.
I've been talking with Adora for several weeks about the future of the site. We've come to an agreement where I will be taking on ownership and technical responsibilities for the site.
I can appreciate that this might surprise many of you. Rest assured that all of your stories are safe and the site will continue to exist for a long time to come.
Adora will continue to be very much involved with the site as the founder and moderator. You'll still be able to reach her using her site related e-mail address.
Adora has done an incredible job growing the community over the past 7-years and I'm super excited about helping take the site to the next stage as a team. Expect an all new design, new features and lots more over the coming month or two.
Please shoot an email to us using the contact form if you spot anything that's not working on the site or if you'd like to chat!
I'll post more information about the plans real soon.
Speak to you again soon,
Fantastic!Spiced Wine was kind enough to alert me to this. So awesome!
LotRFanfiction.com was just mentioned in a Vanity Fair interview with Sir Ian McKellen!
Sir Ian McKellen Has Sad News for Hobbit Fans: “There’s No Sex in Middle Earth!”
Also, who else is getting excited about The Hobbit? *grin*
--Adora on 14/01/11 - 10:05 am 39 Comments
MEFA 2010 - The End Approaches!Voting for the 2010 MEFAs ends on December 15, at 11:59 PM GMT. THat's a little over a week away, and there's still time to get some
reviewing in if you'd like. Feel free to join up and review any stories you would like.
Also, if you have entered draft reviews at our website, please remember that they will not be counted unless you change them over to
Hidden or Final reviews. This must be done by that December 15 deadline as well.
For information on memberships at the MEFA website please see:
--Nieriel Raina on 04/12/10 - 03:14 am 20 Comments
Lord Of The Rings Blu-ray Giveaway Winner!Congratulations to erobey, winner of the LotR Blu-ray prize package! Thank you so much to everyone who participated and for those who didn't win, I'm hoping we can do more regular giveaways from now on. Keep an eye out!
--Adora on 23/09/10 - 01:39 am 25 Comments
Lord Of The Rings Blu-ray Giveaway!The complete Lord Of The Rings trilogy is available for purchase on Blu-ray starting today! In celebration of this, our friends over at LordOfTheRings.net have provided a generous prize package to be given away to one of our very own members.
This package includes:
*"The Fellowship Of The Ring" Blu-ray disc
* "The Two Towers" Blu-ray disc
* "The Return Of The King" Blu-ray disc
* Five Bookmarks
* One Navy Blue Ornament
* One deck of LOTR Playing Cards
* One Travel Candle
* One Poster
To be eligible for this contest:
1.) You must be a US resident of at least 18 years of age.
2.) You must be a member of LotRFanfiction.com who has held an account here for a minimum of three weeks.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "LotR Blu-ray Giveaway". Include your screenname and a link to your profile in the body of the email.
** Each person is permitted one entry. However, members who choose to make a donation of any size to the site hosting fund will be granted one additional entry.
The winner will be announced here on the site on Wednesday, September 22 and will also be notified via email.
--Adora on 15/09/10 - 12:49 am 25 Comments
If you've contacted me recently...I've had some serious issues with the e-mail server lately, resulting in the loss of quite a few messages over the past few weeks. The issue is resolved now as I've transferred to a much more stable and reliable e-mail host.
If you've sent me mail over the past couple of weeks and haven't received a reply, please send it again through the regular contact link and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I apologize for the inconvenience.
--Adora on 03/09/10 - 04:19 am 20 Comments