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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.

Special thanks

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.

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Featured Entry

Elves of Eregion

The followers of Celebrimbor

After the end of the First Age, most of the Noldor who remained in Middle-earth dwelt in Lindon under the rule of Gil-galad their High King. After some seven centuries, one group of craftsmen among these Noldor chose to depart from Lindon and passed eastward, drawn by the promise of mithril in the mines of the Dwarves, to found a land in distant Eriador beneath the peaks of the Misty Mountains. This land was named Eregion, and so its founders became known as the Elves of Eregion, a people who would play a pivotal part in the history of Middle-earth.

The Elves of Eregion followed Celebrimbor, a grandson of Fëanor, and in II 750 they established the city of Ost-in-Edhil (this is the date conventionally used as that of the foundation of Eregion). The land of Eregion lay close by the ancient Dwarf-kingdom of Khazad-dûm in the Mountains to the east, and a friendship developed between the Elves and the Dwarves (a remarkable friendship between two peoples who were historically suspicious of one another).

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