|Type||Wiki; collaborative encyclopaedia|
(see Top Editors)
|Launch date||June 3, 2005|
Inspired by the recent release of The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy, Tolkien Gateway was founded by Hyarion on January 1, 2003 as http://tolkiengateway.cjb.net, then http://tolkiengateway.tk before eventually opening up as http://tolkiengateway.net on June 3, 2005. Tolkien Gateway uses the same MediaWiki software as Wikia and Wikipedia whilst operating a GNU-FDL licence.
Content and Philosophy
Acclaim and Support
Like other wikis, Tolkien Gateway has been criticised for the reliability of its information, its lack of sources and the frequency of its revisions. In particular, in the summer of 2010, Tolkien Gateway was criticised for confusing the two articles for Norman Power and Joseph Power; the prominent scholars Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull said:
The Tolkien Gateway entry for Norman Power makes a terrible hash of it by conjoining Norman and Joseph. How on earth could the writer think that someone said to be born in 1925 (Joseph) could be a student at Oxford in the late 1930s? [..] Well, call us old-fashioned (we do), and we admit to having only a passing knowledge of the ways of wiki-creation, but it would never occur to us to post a work-in-progress, to be cleaned up by someone else, especially since people often take wiki articles, in any state of completion, as gospel truth.
—Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
Despite Morgan launching a defence of Tolkien Gateway on The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza, although accepting that Tolkien Gateway was better than other online encyclopaedias, the members generally complained about the unreliability of Tolkien Gateway - and wikis in general - and the ephemeral nature of the Internet, with an agreement that there was a "distressing lack of sources". The article English and Welsh was paraded as a particularly bad article; once Morgan informed Gatekeepers of this, KingAragorn posed the question, "If they have a problem with it, then what's stopping them from editing it?", Aule the Smith retorted, "A mix of snootiness and cranky technophobia, it would seem...". In response to these issues both the "Joseph Power"/"Norman Power" and "English and Welsh" articles have been amended.
In a review of Tolkien Gateway, Kristine Kastle claimed that it was only for the younger reader, it had poor navigation, and the design was so basic that it lacked colour and the life was sucked out of it; she gave Tolkien Gateway a score of 1.5 out of 4 which translates as, "Well now at least the website is recognizable as a website; style is still not pretty much nonexistant." The skin has been updated twice since the review although the navigation system has changed little.
- http://tolkiengateway.cjb.net at Internet Archive: Wayback Machine
- http://tolkiengateway.tk at Internet Archive: Wayback Machine
- ↑ "List of Tolkien Encyclopedias", based on research by Mith (accessed November 19 2010)
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza, "Brother Joseph Power's experiences of Tolkien, post #7238261", dated July 26, 2010 (accessed November 19, 2010
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza, "Brother Joseph Power's experiences of Tolkien, post #7239909", dated July 29, 2010 (accessed November 19, 2010
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza, "The future of Tolkien knowledge", dated July 30 to August 11 2010 (accessed November 19, 2010)
- ↑ "Talk:English and Welsh" (accessed November 19, 2010)
- ↑ Tolkien Gateway Review (accessed November 19, 2010)
- ↑ "Tolkien Gateway:Updates" (accessed November 19, 2010)