Welcome to The Encyclopedia of Arda
The Encyclopedia of Arda is a personal project - a tribute to and a celebration of the works of
J.R.R. Tolkien. The site is evolving into an illustrated hypertext encyclopedia of Tolkien's realms
and peoples. It already contains about four thousand entries, and we're constantly adding new entries and expanding existing ones.
Inside the encyclopedia
The Encyclopedia of Arda contains thousands of articles covering topics from J.R.R. Tolkien's world, some brief, some lengthy and some containing detailed essays and discussions.
You'll also find a selection of interactive tools, including a chronicle to help you explore Tolkien's fictional history, and calendar to translate dates and events, a lexicon of names, a glossary of old and rare words, and much more.
Context and approach
The content of the Encyclopedia is written in the same context as Tolkien himself used; he presented himself
simply as a translator, rather than originator of the tales. Hence, we try to describe his world
from a 'historical' rather than a literary perspective, though sometimes it's useful to explore ideas in their wider context.
Where relevant, therefore, you'll also find a few references to Tolkien's life or opinions, or to real historical or
mythological parallels to events in his universe.
About the name Arda
Arda was the name given by the Elves to their World and
all it contained, and so 'Encyclopedia of Arda' seemed a peculiarly apt title for this project.
Thanks to all those who've e-mailed us over the years with their suggestions, corrections, ideas and just general support.
But the real Special Thanks, though, belong to the memory of J.R.R. Tolkien for his extraordinary and unparalleled creation.
For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.
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Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 1997-2016. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.