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'''Fanfiction''' (abbreviated '''fanfic''') is a term describing pieces of writing that use characters and settings from the original work of another author, created by fans of that work. Tolkien's [[legendarium]] is one of the more popular bases for fanfiction,<ref>For example, as of August 2010 'Lord of the Rings' was the fourth largest category at [http://www.fanfiction.net/ FanFiction.net].</ref> which is usually published on the internet.
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'''Fanfiction''' (abbreviated '''fanfic''') is a term describing pieces of writing that utilise characters and settings from the original work of another author, created by fans of that work. Tolkien's [[legendarium]] is one of the more popular bases for fanfiction,<ref>For example, as of August 2010 'Lord of the Rings' was the fourth largest category at [http://www.fanfiction.net/ FanFiction.net].</ref> which is usually published on the internet.
  
 
According to [[Sumner Gary Hunnewell]], the oldest published fan fiction was the poem "The Passing of the Elven-kind" by Ted Johnstone, which appeared in the fantasy fanzine ''All Mimsy'', issue 5 (November [[1959]]).<ref>[[Sumner Gary Hunnewell]], ''[http://efanzines.com/TFR/TolkienFandom2ndEd.pdf Tolkien Fandom Review  
 
According to [[Sumner Gary Hunnewell]], the oldest published fan fiction was the poem "The Passing of the Elven-kind" by Ted Johnstone, which appeared in the fantasy fanzine ''All Mimsy'', issue 5 (November [[1959]]).<ref>[[Sumner Gary Hunnewell]], ''[http://efanzines.com/TFR/TolkienFandom2ndEd.pdf Tolkien Fandom Review  

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