This was very helpful. I knew most of these things but then again, I wasn't aware of a few of them, so I'll keep this in mind next time I'm writing Tolkien-based fanfiction. Thanks for the tips.
This is really helpful. Even though having everyone follow this kind of thing would defeat the purpose of fanfiction. I thought the whole idea was to be creative in your own right. Fanfiction is just borrowing a few things that inspired you. Not sticking 100% to the original. If that's what people wanted then they would just stick to the book and save themselves the trouble. Not to mention the fact that a lot of LotR fiction is more often than not inspired by the films. If that's all they've seen of the story then they have the right to pretty much do what they want with it. Soz for going on. I don't mean to be a pain in the ass. And I really do think that posting this would be a good way of helping misunderstandings of the story. But you can't condemn someone for not wanting to stick to it. :)
We need to post this all over ff.net...No, wait...The world...Its like CliffNotes for Dummy's...Would that sell? Hmmm...*The Taurus will for money grubbing comes in full force* This list assured me that I was VERY safe against the spirit of Tolkien...Disclaimer: All knowledge contained in this was known prior to reading...
Thank you for posting this! I've seen so much crap out there that violates everything canon about LotR! If I could add to this some other points they would be as follows: Frodo was *not* the youngest nor smallest Hobbit. Pippin was. Boromir was not evil nor was he any weaker than most Men were. All Men were susceptable to the lure of the Ring. He only seems weak because Aragorn was better able to cope with the power of the Ring (subtextually) because he had been raised by elves. Faramir was more like Denethor in personality than Boromir was. Subtextually one might safely assume Boromir was more like his mother Finduilas. Faramir was not completely neglected nor abused. Boromir took the role of father and protector, sheilding Faramir from Denethor whenever he could, just as Tolkien himself took on the role of father at age 12 for his 2 year old sister. Therefore it can be assumed that Boromir, at least in part, was a bit of Tolkien himself. So please don't make Boromir evil, a rapist or any such horridly non-canon thing. At the beginning of the book Pippin is actually Frodo's best friend. We have no idea if Merry and Pippin were all that close. This is assumed. The only evidence that they even knew each other very well is subtextual, so their long association can be safely assumed, however. Some Hobbits were not all that nice. JRRT describes some Hobbits as rascals who would scratch out a hole in any old place then move on. He doesn't elaborate on what made them rascals... again, the degree of their moral fibre is subtextual. Anyway, do please post some more guidelines to writing good LotR fic, and thanks so much for writing this one.
Ai, but what if one wants to be haunted by Tolkien? I wouldn't mind, I could ask for writing tips...
A helpful piece. Though I do know the stuff here (I'd bloody better!), it's a useful and concise reference. Hurrah!
Thanks for the tips, the Middle-earth one was particulary useful, but please remember that many authors know that what they are wrting insn't exactly what tolkien said, thats what fan fiction is all about. After all, there wouldn't be any 'girl falls into Middle-earth' stories if no one could speak English! Thanks again, it's useful.