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[edit] Hans-Ulrich Möhring

Hey Mith! I saw, that you deleted the article about the German translator Hans-Ulrich Möhring (The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún) with the comment "Just not notable enough". Möhring was now responsible for the German translation of another posthum released work. The Fall of Arthur will be published under the title König Arthurs Untergang on 21 March, 2015 in Germany, translated by Hans-Ulrich Möhring. I think, that two translations of complex lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien are enough to legitimate the existence of an article about him. What do you think? --Sigismond 09:08, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

For me, no (although others might take a different view). We have a painful habit on TG of creating articles about individuals which are essentially one line: "X is a Y who worked on Z." Is there anything (verifiable) to say about Möhring as translator of Sigurd and Gudrún and The Fall of Arthur beyond the fact that he translated them? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 09:14, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
I see what you mean. To write something about his translation work on The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún (in my opinion) would make no sense in an English Wiki, so the only mentionable point would be the fact, that Möhring corresponded with Tom Shippey while translating. If you think, that the article is of no importance for Tolkien Gateway, then it's ok. I just wanted to know the reasons. --Sigismond 09:32, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
If he'd corresponded with Tolkien himself then that would put him in a different category, in my view. My fear is having an article that essentially doesn't really tell the reader anything. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 19:26, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Page merging question

Hey Mith, I went ahead and tackled merging Sea-elves into Teleri. I wasn't sure if my method of merging the pages was right: I copied the wiki-edit text to the other page and edited it some, then marked the original page for deletion. I changed the links that lead to Sea-elves to Falmari or Teleri where needed. I wasn't sure if this was good or if I needed to do anything else/something different. xsys 19:39, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Hi xsys, and welcome to Tolkien Gateway! To merge a page we transfer the appropriate content and turn the page into a redirect (i.e. we don't mark it for deletion) - the reason for this is so people who search for "Sea-elves" will be taken to the Teleri page, for example. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 20:30, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
That makes sense. Thanks! xsys 20:33, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Images

Good evening. This is User2.84.120.176. Could you upload upload more images on the page The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies;I dont have this ability, but you do have this ability. Upload and put these NEW images on the Category:Images from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.OK; Unsigned comment by (talk).

Thanks for getting in touch. Remembering that the DVD of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies isn't out yet (and therefore screencaps aren't so easy to obtain), do you have any particular images in mind? Or, perhaps you could sign up to Tolkien Gateway and upload them yourself? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 11:02, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Reminding

Hi Mith, I wonder if you could please check your email? I've sent you a request a week ago :) Leopold Break 10:06, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

I have received the email but I passed it onto User:Hyarion to respond. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 12:46, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks a lot. Anyway, I hope that he could reply to us soon, since, as it seems, he does not appear frequently. So here I put this forward again, mean not in the slightest to bother you. We are eager to make contact with Alan Lee, so I would be appreciated if you could give me the email address of him. Leopold Break 16:44, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
I generally don't give out other people's email addresses without their permission. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 21:22, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
I must apologize for my rudeness and discourtesy. Leopold Break 23:21, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Quick Question

How do you create separate pages on a page that you are creating? Unsigned comment by AragornElessar (talk • contribs).

I don't understand what you mean. Create a separate page on a page you are creating? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 21:15, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Sort of, you know on a user page how you can create the different subtitles for your pages. I am wondering how to do that. Unsigned comment by AragornElessar (talk • contribs).
The same as you would create any other page: simply type the pagename as a URL and then press "create an article with that title". --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 08:34, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
Oh, thanks Unsigned comment by AragornElessar (talk • contribs).

[edit] Mithrellas

May I ask why have you deleted the infobox? Woolly Mammoth 09:49, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

You're going to need to be more specific: what infobox have I deleted? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 12:15, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
My mistake. I have just realized you reverted the edits to the period where there was no infobox. Woolly Mammoth 13:43, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
If you're going to insist on making three, four, five, six - and one occasion, nine! - consecutive edits, things like this will happen. Apologies for reverting the infobox as well but please can you try to learn to use the "Show preview" button and plan you edits. Nine small edits to an article are not necessary. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 13:59, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
I take it back. Your record is actually 10 edits in a row (Tréowine). --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:01, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
I know how to use the "Show preview" very well...But like I said, it often happens that I forget to include something in an article and have to edit it again. Woolly Mammoth 14:44, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
You forget nine times in a row? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:50, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
Maybe "forget" is a wrong word (although not completely). "Change my mind" would be a more appropriate word. Besides, you are editing for years and I, myself, only for a couple of days. Woolly Mammoth 15:12, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
Indeed. I think we're all aware of that! --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 16:08, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Copyright for images

Please, how can I get the copyright for an image that I want to upload, but that isn't already in the "Category:Evidence of permission granted by copyright holders" section? Woolly Mammoth 14:44, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

You will need to contact the copyright-holder and ask for their permission. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:50, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
By e-mail solely? Because I have already contacted a number of artists and they all gave permission. Technicality is my main issue in this matter. Woolly Mammoth 15:12, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
There needs to be some evidence in case it's ever challenged. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 16:08, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
Here's one: Woolly Mammoth 18:57, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Obituary title

Henry Bradley: 3 Dec., 1845-23 May, 1923 is the official title of the obituary published in Bulletin of the Modern Humanities Research Association 20 . All references I consulted used this title.So I think the article it should remain with that name. Unsigned comment by Sigurd (talk • contribs).

Absolutely not. Aside from the fact I don't think we need an article for an obituary written for someone on whom we have a very short article (we'd end up with a longer article on the obituary than on the man himself!), naming the article "Henry Bradley: 3 Dec., 1845-23 May, 1923" would be ridiculous verbose and unwieldy. If an article must be made it should be something like "Obituary for Henry Bradley", but I would be against its creation. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 18:31, 1 June 2015 (UTC)
I dont think ridiculous since Tolkien himself give the name to the article. Someone put the same name in reference of that Bulletin 1923 here:[Index:Writings_by_J.R.R._Tolkien].And other books I read use the same name.In addition, the obituary contains a poem written by Tolkien in Old English. And also this obituary has his own topic on J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment(Sigurd 21:24, 1 June 2015 (UTC))
Did Tolkien give the title, or was that the editor? In any case, it is a title of a printed obituary, not an online webpage. Any article title we choose would also be the URL. We aren't the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia and our usage should not - and does not - reflect what they have done. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 08:02, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Ninni-V

Can you please rename the pictures of Ninni-V to Antonio Vinci. By the request of the artist. Woolly Mammoth 14:00, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Can you please email me where the artists have granted their permission for their work to be hosted on Tolkien Gateway? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:06, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
I have asked the permission via note on DeviantArt. What would you like me to do? You cannot access the notes considering they are private and cannot be read unless one is logged in. So....??? Woolly Mammoth 14:34, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
Also, as a bit of housekeeping, can you forward to me either a copy of the emails from the artists or a screenprint so we have a bit of a proof - my email is Cheers --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:51, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Yes, I will. But just one reminder: all the images by VunastiMamut are mine. Woolly Mammoth 14:56, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

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--Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:46, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
I have send you an email with a screen print for the said artist. Woolly Mammoth 15:23, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. What about the others? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 15:24, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
I will. Woolly Mammoth 15:26, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
I have. Woolly Mammoth 16:57, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Vandalism

Mith, we have a problem. There is this random guy going by the name of Webbane who is destroying stuff right now! Bane

He has deleted off my page, yours, Woolly's, the Forum and a load of paragraphs from articles. Can we remove his account or something??? Unsigned comment by Arya (talk • contribs).
It's all been dealt with now. Isn't it interesting how a User:Bane and a User:Webbane pop up on the same night! --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 07:19, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

You aren't blaming Bane though Arya

[edit] Why are you deleting MY images??

Those images that you have deleted are my artwork! Is this vandalism or what???? Woolly Mammoth 14:18, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

I thought you said that they were all by other people - apologies. Although your picture of Uldor is remarkably similar to one by James Adams (also known as Sporeboy)? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:22, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
Maybe because I borrowed the pictures from some of (with permission, which I have sent you by email) those guys, aye? Some of the pictures are by other people, AND some of them are mine (namely Elmo, Bór, Uldor, Formenos!). You are behaving like an asshole and you have no right (beside being an administrator), absolutely no right to delete those images!
Do not speak to me like that again. As an administrator I have every right to delete any image on this website whether it be yours or anyone else's.
So, your image of Uldor. Did you "borrow" the one from Sporeboy? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:36, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
I will speak as I want to! And, considering your image of Uldor I granted the permission to use my artwork. Woolly Mammoth 14:41, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
You will be civil on this wiki or you will leave. Sporeboy gave you permission to amend his image? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:45, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Gaurwaith

Hello! I know I posted this before on the Template:Gaurwaith talk page, but seriously, why isn't Andvír there? Maedhros95 08:37, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

Fun fact: did you know there's only ever been one other user in Tolkien Gateway's 10-year history to use the phrase "but seriously"? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 08:53, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
You did not answer my question. Maedhros95 09:13, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
Because I haven't finished the template yet (which is why it hasn't been added to any article). Perhaps you should wait and see first before discussing the matter on two talk pages. Did you know about my fun fact? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 09:21, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
"But seriously"? I reckon you must have spent years searching through every word and sentence on this page to come to that conclusion. And besides, what does that have to do with me? Maedhros95 09:33, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
Nope - took me about 10 seconds. OK. I'll call it. In my view you are a sockpuppet for Woolly Mammoth. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 09:42, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
First of all: how did you even come to the conclusion that I'm an alter ego of some other user? I have just signed up and I am already being accused of being a "sockpuppet" for some guy that I have never heard of until now. Maedhros95 10:01, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
There are quite a number of signs; we'll be checking IPs later today. If you aren't WM I do sincerely apologise as this probably makes me look like a bit of a nutter; but if you are WM I have to admit that I am actually a bit impressed by your commitment to Tolkien Gateway that you have created a sockpuppet in order to carry on doing good work. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 10:21, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Music

Do we have a license to use Tolkien Ensemble's songs on this site? Maedhros95 08:07, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

No. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 09:16, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
Laconic answer...Can we get one? There are images on this site with licenses ranging from artists of Deviantart, to artists of likes of John Howe, Alan Lee and Ted Nasmith. Why not include music in this site? Maedhros95 09:23, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
I doubt it. It's not something I personally see as desirable, either. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 09:49, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
Have you heard the "Burial Song of Théoden" by Tolkien Ensemble? I think the visitors of this site should be entitled to hear this masterpiece (in my opinion). In any case...I will contact the Tolkien Ensemble myself. Maedhros95 09:56, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
And more thing...What about this WM thing you were talking about? Maedhros95 09:57, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
You would have to discuss this with other users (and admins) of this site first before initiating contact with them and seeking to put their songs this website. I personally don't think it would be appropriate for TG to host songs that people should be paying for. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 10:03, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
You did not answer my question! What about this WM thing I am accused!? I find myself insulted for, coinsidentally , wanting to expand this wiki as much as it is possible. And for your information, I am an editor on Wikipedia. And I am not talking about paying anything. Maedhros95 10:12, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
No, but by having their songs on our website we are preventing them from earning money from them. I'm not convinced that that is right. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 10:14, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Pagination

I have hi-res scans of The History of Middle-earth on my computer. And I have seen before that pagination can be a sort of a mess, when multiple versions of the same book collide together. Maedhros95 13:38, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

The pagination for The History of Middle-earth series is pretty much consistent (which is why we reference pages for those when we don't for The Lord of the Rings). How long did it take you to scan them? What is the edition of your hardcopy? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 13:40, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
Sale of this book without a front cover may be unauthorized. If this book is coverless, it may have been reported to the publisher as “unsold or destroyed” and neither the author nor the publisher may have received payment for it.
A Del Rey® Book Published by The Ballantine Publishing Group
Copyright © 1983 by Frank Richard Williamson and Christopher Reuel Tolkien as Executors of the Estate of J. R. R. Tolkien
All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions.
Published in the United States by The Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.
Del Rey and colophon are registered trademarks of Random House,
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 83-12782
ISBN 0-345-37521-1
First published in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Reprinted by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Company.
Manufactured in the United States of America
First Ballantine Books Edition: June 1992
OPM 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 Maedhros95 13:55, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Picture

Hey, I noticed while skipping through pages that the picture for the page The Road Goes Ever On and On: The Maps of Tolkien's Middle Earth has nothing to do with the theme of the page as far as I can see. Yes, it's a picture of a book of maps, but it's not a picture of the book of maps we are talking about. I am still an utter newbie with this programing, and have no idea how to change the picture to a more accurate one. Arya

Done. Look at the change I've made to see how the coding works. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 08:52, 5 July 2015 (UTC)
Good that. Will be changing quite a few pics myself, correct me if you don't think that they are right. The titles match!!! :) Arya

[edit] Elendilmir

How should we address the confusion surrounding the number and fates of the different incarnations of the Elendilmir? See my note on the talk page of the relevant entry. WadCheber 06:13, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

By discussing it on that article's talk page, and not on my talk page. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 07:21, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
Sorry if I bothered you. This was literally the first interaction I've had with anyone on this site. I wasn't aware that I was doing something wrong. I asked you because the post on my talk page told me to bring any questions to you. I won't make the same mistake again. WadCheber 04:28, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
A user's talk page is for them specifically to respond (i.e. an issue directly for that user); an article's talk page is for discussion about that article (i.e. for anyone in the community). The problem with having a conversation elsewhere is that the discussion/decisions are divorced from the article - in future months/years other users won't think to look at my talk page to find out why a decision was made. It's simply good housekeeping to keep everything together with the article.
The welcome message on your talk page wasn't actually written by me (and I've been meaning to change it for a while), but there's a complicated technical reason why my bot has to leave the message. But when it comes to "If you have any questions, see the help pages, add a question to the Council forums or ask me on my talk page." the implication - which probably should be clearer - is that "any questions" are about the site/editing/policy/style as opposed to the future of individual articles.
I have obviously seen your contributions on both your own and Hyarion's talk pages - I shall respond to it all here to prevent fragmentation of the conversation. I think "After looking through the other entries in his talk page, I got the impression that this is pretty much par for the course with him." is unfair - there is only one user, WoollyMammoth, I was very firm with; he had made a lot of edits and was a particularly confrontational user who was subsequently banned by another admin for his behaviour. That does not indicate someone who "is determined to be laconic and/or borderline hostile" or who intends to "chase people away".
Having said all the above, my previous message was obviously a curt one, for which I apologise; I shouldn't have been so short with you and should have explained the situation more thoughtfully. On this occasion I did bite the newbie - thank you for calling me out on it. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 08:48, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
No problem. We all make little mistakes. Thank you for explaining the issue more clearly. WoollyMammoth sowed the wind, so he reaped the whirlwind. No fault on your part there. I was talking about other, less obvious instances in your interactions above, but there is nothing so far beyond the pale as to call your personal qualification as an admin into question. I was probably a bit overly defensive as well. Thanks again for the advice and explanation. WadCheber 22:21, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
In fact, I should probably apologize to you as well. I think I overreacted. I was having a bad day myself, and I took it out on you, with very little reason. WadCheber 00:06, 11 July 2015 (UTC)
Great to have you aboard WadCheber! I'm glad we got everything cleared up. If you have any other questions or suggestions don't hesitate to let us know, we really appreciate the feedback. Oh, and if it makes you guys feel any better; I'm having a great week :) --Hyarion 20:51, 11 July 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Pixels

I've noticed that I can't put down some pics on articles. Once I type the info down that should put down an article and I tap the preview button, all i get is 250 pixels in red text. What does this mean? Is it that the picture doesn't fit or am I typing out the info wrong? P.S. No article was hurt in the experimentations of me. Arya 18:27, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

Without seeing the code you are using it is difficult for me to know, but I would guess that you are inputting the file name incorrectly. Files in infoboxes takes the form like this: [[File:FILENAME|250px]]. Thumbnails in the body of an article tend to look like this: [[File:FILENAME|thumb|right|CAPTION]]. Take a look at Help:Images. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 18:30, 18 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Mith. I don't know exactly what I was doing wrong, and because I didn't take a screen-shot, it shall always remain a mystery (though not one I shall be very worried about now I have stopped making the mistake). Thanks as always, Arya 07:45, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Genealogy

Hello Mith. I have been getting use to making family tree's on TG but I have come across a problem. When I want to expand a family tree in the x direction, I can't figure out the code to do it. I looked at the Baggins family tree for an example of x scrolling and I found right before you write familytree/start, there is a line of code telling the tree to overflow to the right if it can't fit within the boundary. When I copy and paste that line into my family tree exactly like it is in the Baggins tree, it doesn't overflow to the right. All I am wondering is what I am missing or if I'm doing something incorrectly. This would be a massive help. Unsigned comment by Ríë (talk • contribs).

Could you paste here the code you are using so I can take a look at it? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 07:57, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
< div style="overflow-x: scroll; overflow-y: hidden; border: 1px solid #AAAAAA; padding: 3px; background: #EEEEEE;" > I had to put spaces between the <_d and "_> so the command wouldn't run. Unsigned comment by Ríë (talk • contribs).
There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with that. Are you remembering to put </div> after {{familytree/end}} at the end of the template?
By the way you can use <nowiki></nowiki> to include coding you don't want to actually process. And to sign your posts just type "~~~~" at the end. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:55, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks so much. I forgot to add in </div>. "Ríë 14:59, 19 July 2015 (UTC)"

[edit] Tweaking LOTRO information

Thanks for fixing my errors, sorry for messing up in the capitalization of 'adaptations.' I have some questions. Fitst, could you help me with citing information about Earnur in the Mordirith article if that is necessary? Also I noticed you put names from the game in quotes, could you explain that? Maybe I missed something in the style guide. Finally, I'm uncertain about when to use in-universe vs. out-of-universe voice and past tense vs. present tense in the Portrayal in Adaptations sections. Sullathron 19:32, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

With references you will need to cite third-party websites (such as IGN) using the webcite template. I put in quotemarks all the invented characters and locations so it was more obvious that they weren't borrowed characters from Tolkien's universe; but you are right this isn't in the Style Guide. Portrayal in adaptations sections (the issue was more your spelling "adapations") should be descriptive and so have an "out-of-universe" voice in my view; preferably the past tense. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 23:37, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
Oh, I never noticed the spelling mistake. Thanks for catching that. For the Mordirith article I meant to ask for help citing the bit from the books about Eärnur, but I found it. For my LOTRO sources, I use the LOTRO wiki when I can, otherwise I look for it in the game myself, and when I can I check both. Is there a way I can cite the game directly, similarly to how the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages cite the Elder Scrolls games? I also noticed you removed the category I put into Arnach, if it is a location in LOTRO is it not appropriate to categorize it if it's also categorized as a word? I don't think the city in the game is significant enough for its own article. I wish there was a place on the wiki to write about the events and people from the game from an in-universe perspective, though. Sullathron 03:10, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
PS: On an unrelated note, what's the deal with the guy who keeps making sockpuppets to make lots of very minor edits? Seems very odd to me. Sullathron
I'm not entirely sure you can cite the books for a character that is massively changes for the game. You can't cite another wiki; we don't have a reference template for LOTRO because I don't know enough about the game in order to be able to reference it - is there a a way I can understand the structure of quests and epic books and things like that? The Lord of the Rings Online locations category is for locations invented for the game. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 09:42, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
Ah, I only cited the information that actually came from the books - that is that Eärnur was challenged twice by the Witch-king, the second time he went to Minas Morgul and was never heard from again. Don't worry, I got that part figured out now. Arnach is a location invented for the game, it is the capital city of Lossarnach. Epic books are just a way of categorizing the Epic Series, the quests that tell the main storyline of the game. Most of the quests in the game are categorized under the region they are found in. In the game, I get most of the information from the dialogue windows NPCs have when talking to them for quests, the deed log, and the game map. I can take some screenshots later if that would help you get a better idea of it. Sullathron 12:54, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
Also, I'll try to follow your advice about using past tense, but it's tricky when describing ongoing parts of the game. My best idea is to use present tense for persistent parts of the game and past tense when describing lore and events from the game, if that makes sense. For example "Dol Amroth is a city in Western Gondor. It was blockaded by corsairs." How does that sound? Sullathron 13:59, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
I'd prefer the past tense. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 20:46, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, I'm fixing it. There's also the other stuff I was talking about up there, when you're not busy. Thanks. -Sullathron(Talk)(Edits) 22:48, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Hey Mith I don't mean to be a bother but why did you undo my edit about the North Downs' portrayal in LOTRO? I put some work into that. If it's about sources, I'm sorry if I'm getting ahead of myself. I started a forum post asking for help with that. -Sullathron(Talk)(Edits) 13:14, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

It was too much for one adaptation; we aren't a LOTRO wiki, we're a Tolkien wiki - I thought the length of the section was disproportionate. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 13:30, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
I suppose you are right. I'm still disappointed, though. I really want a place for articles about all the lore the game adds.
There is the Lotro-wiki, but that is mostly written in a gamer perspective ("Do this in that quest, do that in this instance") and the lore bits are scattered around in no organized way. Besides, I think spoilers would be more of an issue there. Someone might want to look up the fight against Mordirith but not see the spoilers about his other identities.
Then there is, but... I don't know. Something I don't like about it as much, it seems less professionally done. Too based on the movies, and to use the North Downs as an example I'm pretty sure someone put their own fanon on that page. ...I suppose that's all the more reason to work there, it's just discouraging when the other wikis are such a mess. -Sullathron(Talk)(Edits) 13:55, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Creating a Page

How do I create a Page? I am trying to create one for myself, but I do not understand how to do it. Please help. Unsigned comment by Lúthien Lossëhelin (talk • contribs).

Search for the article you want to create, if it doesn't already exist you'll get a message 'Create the page "XXX" on this wiki!' - just click on "XXX" to create it. If you want to create your userpage (i.e. User:Lúthien Lossëhelin), click on Lúthien Lossëhelin on the menu on the left-hand side under "Personal Tools". --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 08:11, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Valandil

Wow, that's a nice homecoming. I come home from San Fran and the first thing I have to do is clean up a ton of bile from Mammoth.

I probably should've mentioned being AFK for a week. --Ederchil (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:37, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

I've been at Oxonmoot 2015! But, to be fair, I have done an awful lot of clearing his stuff up myself over the last few months! --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 19:10, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Woolly Mammoth

To User:Ederchil and User:Mith - wouldn't it be much easier for you to unblock me than to constantly tidy up my "mess" - I have much to contribute to this wiki - and, as I said before, I SINCERELY apologize for any insult made to any of you, especially to User:Mith.

From a more practical perspective, it would be good for you to unblock me - of course, if you do not want to clear up the mess that will be gathering in the following years - I am not a madman - I simply feel insulted by your behavior - I would like to edit this wiki - as I no doubt showed before - and it would be to your well-being (and to the well-being of this site) if I would continue editing this Wiki without any further hindrance.

As for the images that I uploaded - I have proof that the permission was granted - although I have not been able to present the evidence to you - but if you unblock me I will - the visual representation of Tolkien's works is to me, at least, an important aspect of his work. That is the reason I am hellbent on including the images, and I spend a lot of time on DevinatArt searching for Tolkien related art, and I am in good relation to other members of that community. This is all for me at the time - and I hope you will reconsider the ban.

Respectfully - Woolly Mammoth! Laurentus 20:49, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

No, it wouldn't be easier. Even with your sockpuppets you are continuing to display the behaviour for which you were banned, further proving why you were banned in the first place. Nor am I going to unblock you under threat of creating further mess over the following years. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 17:05, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Another Thing

I will NOT post any other images, nor will I edit any page without your consent - the fact that I made so many sock-puppets was only because I could not contact Ederchil and reconsider my ban - and I am sorry if you had to clear up my mess (although it was not all mess) - in any case - I WANT TO MAKE THIS SITE AS GOOD AS IT CAN BE - I cannot alter my past relations with the administrators on this site, but I DO hope I can smooth things with you. Laurentus 21:01, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Also...although Laurentus is, ironically, another sock-puppet, I could not have thought of a better way to represent my thoughts to you - so I will, without any guile, sign my post with - Woolly Mammoth

You already have edited hundreds of pages without our consent. Prove you words and don't make any edits. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 17:05, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Have my edits been so horrible as to have you chiding me? Nonetheless, concerning the images I have been uploading - I have proof:
of Copyright.
All those wonderful art is being unjustly jettisoned - simply because I was not courteous to you. If you would let me upload those images I will leave this site forever - and I mean it. Henry 05:25, 16 September 2015 (UTC) (Woolly Mammoth)
P.S. Why have you deleted my articles on Éadweard and Alfred the Great, etc. They have DO have a place in the in-universe world of Middle-earth - therefore, they are valid, as is Aelfwine. Although they are historical figures, they are in contact and converse with the main characters in the Aelfwine saga. Henry 08:02, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
I'm not chiding you: you were banned and refused to abide by the ban. You consistently flout policy whilst ignoring my emails. Your behaviour is not acceptable.
I am not negotiating with you. I will continue to remove you amendments to the wiki, including artwork without permission. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 08:32, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
First off, I have not been checking my mail for an eternity. Second: the articles I have recently created should not have been deleted - they are an integral part of Tolkien's works. By remove my contributions on such matters (many of which, admittedly, are wrong) you are doing this out of pure spite.
Third: like I said, I have evidence of copyright for many of the pictures that I uploaded - and the evidence is here: that have been granted to me via DeviantArt. So, the only thing I ask of you is to NOT ban my sock-puppet for a while, and let me upload the works of those artists - and I will be gone forever. Turumarth 20:03, 16 September 2015 (UTC) (Woolly Mammoth)
I haven't deleted any articles. And I am not negotiating with you. I have made my position clear and I have nothing further to say to you until your one-year ban has expired. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 21:09, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
From now on I will revert all your edits. You have no place on this wiki. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 23:00, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Block log

Nice of you to show your face at last - if my memory serves right, I was supposed to be "civil" on this wiki. How about your, my dear Shaun - I am not entirely sure if "fuck off" could be considered civil. And as for deleting all my contributions which are, for the most part, better than over 5000 members on this wiki, you, and I mean you and all of the rest contributors to this site are poorer than it should have been. And I have a feeling that you are doing this out of pure spite - pity.

Now...I can, of course, download the HTML page to my computer before you ruin all that I have put effort into it.

And now...for the last goodbye - FUCK OFF! (although I have some more malicious thoughts springing in my mind)

And don't worry, I am no lunatic nor a madman - I sometimes get into a fits of black wrath, and I loath mockery or shame, for which those who have let their tongues go free (or too free) into perilous realms shall curse the day when their tongues overruled their minds.

So here we part, and like I said before, I have only two words worthy of you - FUCK OFF! 00:41, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

P.S. I'm not really sure you'll read the entire post - hard truths cut both way.

Not for one second do I believe this is a "last goodbye". You'll be back within a week adding references without page numbers all over again. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 08:06, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
How very right I was. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 15:57, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Infobox number removals.

Why'd you remove them, out of curiosity? As far back as I can remember those numbers were there. Thought they were sourced. My apologies if not.

Bloody Mary 07:12, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

I'm assuming you mean troop numbers in battle articles? Whether text in an article is long-standing isn't a deciding factor (if anything, the older the text the more inaccurate the article is likely to be), but as you rightly point out, there simply wasn't a source with those exact figures. Furthermore they included suppositions and contradictions; as an example the Siege of Gondor said "Unknown number engaged, approx. 75,000+ total (overall).", which is both a contradiction (either the troop numbers are unknown or not) and a supposition (the approximate figure which wasn't based on a source).
All the battle/war articles are in a dreadful state containing fanon (which we have mostly weeded out over the year), lacking sources, and generally being rather poor in their tone. Don't take what exists currently as a template to follow. Hope this helps! --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 21:18, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Could the front page features change some?

The front page is great, but it hasn't changed in ten months. I've only been here for a few months, but the impression I get from the Recent Changes page is that all of your time is taken up cleaning up vandalism. It makes me sad to see your efforts confounded by this. I think the unchanging nature of the "Featured Article" and other front page items reflects this. I wonder what can be done.

Timothy Chen Allen 12:49, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

The homepage hasn't been changed because the Thranduil article hasn't been sufficiently updated. I don't mind clearing up vandalism - and it really doesn't take that - but I don't think it's right to say that it takes up all my time (nor is it connected with the homepage). What we need is editors who will edit articles to make them worthy of being featured. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:39, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for explaining. I'm glad the vandals don't take up all your time. I hope to know enough to help do real edits on articles at some point; for now I'm re-reading LOTR and heading into The Silmarillion. In any case, thanks; you've provided a really useful site. -- Timothy Chen Allen 14:36, 13 November 2015 (UTC)