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User:Eldorion

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Eldorion
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Biographical Information
Other namesJacob Keener, Eldorion Nolondil
LanguageEnglish
LocationMaryland, United States
Birth8 August 1994
Edit Count 134
Physical Description
GenderMale
Hair colourDirty blonde
Eye colourBlue
Contact Information
Talk pageEldorion
E-mailkeener.jacob12px-nospam.svg.pnggmail.com
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My name is Jacob, but most people in online Tolkien fandom call me Eldo. I've been an avid Tolkien fan for most of my life and I'm a former forum admin and webmaster as well as an independent Tolkien scholar. I use the well-cited articles on TG as a reference and sporadically make edits here when I feel I have something to contribute.

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[edit] Names

My real first name is an exceedingly common Biblical one. My surname, Keener, is a Pennsylvania Dutch name Anglicized from the German Kühner. As for my online nom de plume, I indulge in the long fan tradition of picking an Elvish name and go by Eldorion Nolondil, though on most sites I primarily use one name or the other. The first part is not a misspelling of Aragorn and Arwen's son, but was originally the name of a character I briefly played on the LOTR Plaza. It means "son of the star-land" (Númenor) but due to the ambiguity of the element el- can also be interpreted as "son of the elf-land". The second part is a genuine Tolkienian name: Nolondil, youngest son of Vardamir Nólimon and ancestor of Hallatan of Hyarastorni.

[edit] Background

I first read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in early 2004, when I was nine years old, and adored them. I already had an interest in fantasy but Tolkien fired my imagination like nothing else (not even Harry Potter) and his works have been a part of my life ever since. I read The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales in the following several years. I did not watch the entire film trilogy until I was 12. Around 2008 I got more serious about studying Tolkien and began to work my way through The History of Middle-earth and The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. I ventured onto Tolkien forums starting at the end of that year because I was looking to discuss those works and test myself. My early participation in Tolkien fandom was dominated by Lore debates which proved a valuable educational experience in both Tolkien and rhetoric.

[edit] The Movies

I have always enjoyed the Peter Jackson film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, but I have also always been critical of a number of changes made to the story during the adaptational process. Movie discussions quickly became the second area of the fandom that I explored. I have never objected to the mere existence of changes from the source material, but feel that many of the changes (and the motivations for some of them) displayed a lack of interest in fully engaging with the text. However, I have always distinguished between my opinion of the films as adaptations and my opinion of them purely as cinema. I have become more aware of certain flaws in the trilogy as I've learned more about cinema, but The Fellowship of the Ring in particular remains one of my favorite movies.

[edit] Forum governance

I came into the fandom about a year after The Hobbit films had been officially announced, though still several years before any of them were actually released, and it was thanks to The Hobbit that I got my turn at running a forum. I was the moderator of the Movies forum at the LOTR Plaza for roughly a year, from October 2010 until August 2011, during the period when it was the most active English language Tolkien forum on the web. I was also the founder and owner/administrator of Forumshire: The Hobbit Movie Forum from February 2011 to January 2016, after having started the site for members of the The-Hobbit-Movie.com's forum, which had just been shut down (the whole site is now offline). Forumshire grew to be the second-largest English language Tolkien forum, after TheOneRing.net, by 2013, and remained so for the remainder of my tenure as an administrator.

[edit] Tolkien scholarship

I was fortunate in that my formative fannish experiences came largely in discussions with both self-taught Loremasters and published Tolkien scholars, primarily on the LOTR Plaza and TheOneRing.net's forums. I was able to make something of a name for myself and after stepping down from running forums I returned more to this early passion. I have a sporadically-updated tumblr blog called Nolondil where I've posted both new essays and some attempts at reworking old ideas that I'd previously posted on various forums.