Apr 27 2009, 4:03am
Renowned Tolkien scholar and good friend or TORN, Michael Drout, sends this message:
Message from Michael Drout
Congratulations on ten years! The success of TORn shows that there's not that much difference between the "scholarly" and "fan" communities when it comes to Tolkien: scholars are fans, too, and there are "scholarly" fans who make massive contributions to our understanding of Tolkien. There are also major contributions--in gaming, art, armor, costuming--that all are better off when they cross-fertilize each other. Thus by putting everyone in touch with everyone else, TORn has helped bring about what people 50 years from now will be calling the "Golden Age" of Tolkien.
And this would not have happened without TORn's perfect blend of being both fun-loving and professional. From the look and feel of the site to the way that the community keeps itself from dissolving into flame-wars or snobbishness, TORn is, to me, the model approach for getting more enjoyment and knowledge out of a topic. Of course it helps when the topic is a great as Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, but still, an enormous amount of credit must to the founders. A toast to your continued success!
Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.
"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower
"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase
(This post was edited by Altaira on Apr 27 2009, 4:04am)