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OTW Guest Post: Norloth

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy.

Norloth is an illustrator and a fan-artist who loves to wander in Tolkien’s world. She is also one of the founders of The Redbook of Middle-earth, a Chinese fan-site dedicated to Tolkien. Today, Norloth talks about how she came to be a Tolkien fan and run a site.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

When I first watched The Lord of the Rings films in early 2002, I felt so eager to share my thoughts and feelings about the story with someone else. But it seemed no one around me was interested in it. I had to search the internet for a place where I could communicate with others about the trilogy. I found a forum called “The Lord of the Rings Chinese Forum”, which I think was when I first found out about fandom and fanworks. Browsing the forum every weekend became a must. I was not a sociable person, but the forum gave me the courage to reach out to people and make new friends.

There were two sections on the forum where people could post their fan-art and fan-fiction. I would post my own artworks there, most of which were portraits of Aragorn…(I was not as skillful as I am now.)

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Fanlore Celebrates One Million Edits

Fanlore, the Organization for Transformative Works’ collaborative wiki about all things fandom, is celebrating a huge milestone: one million edits!

Fanlore is a multi-fandom, free and open wiki that was designed to be a living, evolving record of fandom’s past and present. Like AO3, it was created by fans in 2008 and, since then, fans have built an ever-expanding record of our shared history.

To celebrate this momentous event, we’re inviting you to take part in a scavenger hunt across Fanlore for the chance to win a Citrus Scale sticker set, as well as commemorative badges that you can add to your Fanlore User page – or anywhere you want! Read More

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OTW Guest Post: Leah Elisabeth

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy.

Leah is a librarian/program coordinator in a small town library. She has been writing fanfiction since 2009. Currently, she spends all her free time participating in and facilitating fandom events. Today, Leah Elisabeth talks about her work with the Secret Santa Exchange in the Untamed fandom.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

My first active fandom was Supernatural. I started watching in the first half of season 5 and was immediately addicted. When the mid-season finale aired, I was absolutely distraught and immediately started looking online for things to tide me over until the show came back in the new year. I found fanfiction on Fanfiction.net. Shortly after that, my laptop broke and I had to send it away for repairs. This was before I had a smartphone, so with no access to my newest addiction I was inspired to start writing my own fanfiction.

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