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'''Tolkien fandom''' is an international, informal community of fans of the works of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]], especially of the [[Middle-earth]] [[legendarium]].
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'''Tolkien fandom''' is an international, informal community of fans of the works of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]], especially of the [[Middle-earth]] legendarium which includes ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Hobbit]]'', ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' and ''[[The History of Middle-earth]]'' series.
  
 
There are heavily contrasted internal divisions within the current "movement", which have racked the fandom up to the present day and show no signs of reconciliation at any point in the future.  Written preference for any one of a pair of two diametrically opposed internal factions can be met with swift reprisal, although the differences are not necessarily or in all cases divisive.   
 
There are heavily contrasted internal divisions within the current "movement", which have racked the fandom up to the present day and show no signs of reconciliation at any point in the future.  Written preference for any one of a pair of two diametrically opposed internal factions can be met with swift reprisal, although the differences are not necessarily or in all cases divisive.   
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The reconstructionists also prefer for this reason only the most later forms of Tolkien's creations, believing that earlier forms of his languages belong to a different universe (in a way that the ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part One]]'' belongs in a different universe than ''[[The Silmarillion]]'') and concentrate their studies on them. The purists prefer to regard all the forms of his languages as conceptual evolution of a single creation. Notable known reconstructionists include [[David Salo]], the linguist who was mainly responsible for the reconstructed [[Quenya]], [[Sindarin]] and other Tolkien languages in the movies.
 
The reconstructionists also prefer for this reason only the most later forms of Tolkien's creations, believing that earlier forms of his languages belong to a different universe (in a way that the ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part One]]'' belongs in a different universe than ''[[The Silmarillion]]'') and concentrate their studies on them. The purists prefer to regard all the forms of his languages as conceptual evolution of a single creation. Notable known reconstructionists include [[David Salo]], the linguist who was mainly responsible for the reconstructed [[Quenya]], [[Sindarin]] and other Tolkien languages in the movies.
  
An accusation from the purists against the reconstructionists is that the latter, trying to systematise everything according to logic and fit everything in their theories, come to hasty and biased assumptions that often contradict Tolkien's writings. Notable purists include [[Carl F. Hostetter]], the editor of ''[[Vinyar Tengwar]]''.
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An accusation from the purists against the reconstructionists is that the latter, trying to systematise everything according to logic and fit everything in their theories, come to hasty and biased assumptions that often contradict Tolkien's writings. Notable purists include [[Carl F. Hostetter]], the editor of [[Vinyar Tengwar]].
  
 
== Effects of the films ==
 
== Effects of the films ==

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