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TORNspeak - The TORN Dictionary

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Apr 24 2009, 10:23am

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     TORNspeak - The TORN Dictionary  

Welcome to the TORN Dictionary!

Any group that spends a lot of time together develops its own unique culture and traditions and the TORN message boards are no exception. Over 14 years (and counting!), in thousands of threads and millions of messages posted on our boards both old and new, we've developed a vocabulary that's all our own. We use words and acronyms here that you won't see anywhere else. This guide to "TORNspeak" was created to help you understand just what we're all talking about. We hope it helps you feel at home with us!


Ages of TORN - Terms used to distinguish the various eras of the TORN message boards. TORNadoes are often referred to by the era in which they arrived and began posting.
First Age: April 1999-Dec. 2001 From the founding of TORN to the theatrical release of FOTR.
Second Age: Dec. 2001 - Dec. 2002 From FOTR to the theatrical release of The Two Towers.

Third Age: Dec. 2002 - Dec. 2003 From TTT to the theatrical release of Return of the King.
Fourth Age: Dec. 2003 - April 2007 From the theatrical release of ROTK to the move to the new boards.
Middle Ages: April 2007 - October 2010 From the debut of the new boards to the Hobbit green light.
Shire Reckoning - October 2010 to December 2013 From the Hobbit green light to the theatrical release of TH: BOFA

AUJ - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film in the Hobbit trilogy

BOFA - The Battle of Five Armies. This may refer either to the climactic battle of that name in The Hobbit book, or the third film in the Hobbit trilogy. Alternately spelled Bof5A or BOTFA

BS - Book Spoiler. Short segments of Tolkien text for a nearly daily visit of his works when TIME is quiet.

Canon - A term used to denote the established and indisputable set of information which makes up the foundation of a work. Often people will refer to "Book Canon": facts established in JRR Tolkien's writings, or "Movie Canon": facts established in the movies. Book Canon and Movie Canon differ on some essential points.

*cookies* - An indication of approval or interest in a post in the Reading Room. "Good job. Have a cookie!" See also: *mods up*

CHOW - Chapter of the Week. A volunteer-led weekly discussion thread on the Movie: Hobbit board to discuss DVD "chapters" of the movies in detail.

CR - Complete Recordings of the LOTR movie soundtracks.

Deplorable Cultus - Tolkien's despairing term for his large and overwhelmingly enthusiastic fanbase.

DOS - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in the Hobbit trilogy

Drabble - An original piece of LOTR-themed writing of exactly 100 words.

EE - Extended Edition of the LOTR movies.

EI -
See: Estrogen Island

Elder Days - A term sometimes used by First Agers to refer to their early days on TORN.

Eowyn Challenge - See: Walk to Rivendell

Estrogen Island - A thread dedicated to the posting of pictures of attractive men for the purposes of admiration (and drooling); including but not limited to LOTR actors. Began as Estrogen Hour in the Elder Days, when the gentlemen of TORN outnumbered the ladies. Pictures must be family friendly - nothing rated higher than PG is allowed. See also: Testosterone Tower.

F1 & F2 - Film1 and Film 2. Used to refer to the then-unnamed first and second Hobbit films while in production.

Femine - A misspelling of "feminine" which first appeared in a rant disparaging the LOTR movies for having so many female fans and the TORN boards for having so many female members. Like "NARF", an ironic term adopted with enthusiasm by the accused. "OMG, LOTR is a femine movie!"

Fiesta Friday - A TORN tradition since the First Age, Fiesta is a virtual Happy Hour hosted by an appointed barkeep. Posted on the Off Topic forum every Friday at approximately noon Eastern Time (US), Fiesta is the place for sharing personal news and general socializing. Order anything you want; our virtual bar has virtually everything!

Figwit - "Frodo Is Great...Who Is That?" The acronym given to a then-nameless Elf extra glimpsed briefly in the Council of Elrond scene. From our message boards to TORN's news page to his own website to the international media to an ever-expanding role in the movies, Figwit became something of a breakout fan icon. The scoop on Figwit can be found

Forum Admin - Forum Administrator. A person whose job is to "beat the bounds" of the message boards and enforce the board rules and Terms of Service. Admins can edit, move, stick or delete messages and ban users. Also called a Moderator. A list of current Admins can be found

FOTR - The Fellowship of the Ring

Founder's Day - TORN's official holiday; it celebrates the anniversary of the launching of TheOneRing.net on April 26, 1999 and honors the four Founders (Xoanon, Tehanu, Corvar and Calisuri) and the all-volunteer staff who keep it running.

GDT - Guillermo del Toro, co-scriptwriter and former director of the Hobbit movies. GDT was a contributing member of the message boards d