Welcome to Middle-earth! We have been online since 2003 and are proud to be one of the few Lord of the Rings fansites that still exists and updates as well as to have never ever gone on a hiatus! Middle-earth is well known for its family friendly forum, wealth of original avatars, and fun interactivity which includes contests, roleplaying, and games - all of which are Tolkien themed.
"Yesterday, the British newspaper The Sun ran a story saying that Martin Freeman (a.k.a. Tim from the original U.K. Office) had to decline an offer (and seven-figure payday) to play Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies due to a scheduling conflict: The actor was already committed to shoot the BBC series Sherlock, in which he plays Dr. Watson. That’s all true, but according to sources close to the Hobbit production, it’s not over yet. New Line and MGM, the studios backing the Hobbit films, have since come back to Freeman with a proposed schedule that would allow him to shoot both projects. All parties are currently negotiating a deal."
I hadn't actually heard of Martin Freeman as a possibility before. I still want Ian Holmes, but after looking at Martin Freeman's picture, I think he could maybe pull it off. It makes me feel a bit better about The Hobbit. But I'm still skeptical. What are your thoughts?
• First, I am very happy to announce a new affiliate, The Tolkien Library. Always a pleasure to connect with another active LotR fansite.
• So far there haven't been any entries into this round of the Caption Contest. Don't forget to enter here.
• Also I did check out the affiliate application form and it seems to be working fine. I did update the code just in case though. Please use that form if you're interested in affiliating. Thanks!
May the fires of Mordor swallow you, evil spammers!
Just a little note to say that you now have to register in order to comment on the updates. I know it's a bit of a hassle, but the spambots have just been outrageous lately - as you can see. So hopefully this will help with that problem a little bit.
And thank you all, as always, for your continuous support. I am so glad to still see visitors coming and going and enjoying the site. That is what it is here for!
One more little note, as the affiliate page says, if you want to affiliate, please fill out the form on the affiliate page. That is the only way I am accepting requests now. Makes it a lot easier. Thank you!
Merry Christmas everyone! My apologies for the lack of updates lately and the delay in the judging of the contests, but I'm sure you know that this is a busy season and I will get to them as soon as I can. In the mean time I have a Christmas gift for you all:
I hope you all know how much I appreciate your feedback throughout the year. Thank you all so much and Merry Christmas!
It is a happy day indeed for a very dear friend from long ago has returned to Middle-earth and the Lord of the Rings web community - Eruadan! Eruadan was the owner of a most beautiful website called Dreams of the Fourth Age and it was a very sad day when it disappeared from the net as so many great Lord of the Rings fansites have vanished. But today I am happy to announce to you all that Dreams of the Fourth Age has returned in all its splendor! You can visit it now at dreams.eruadan.net. Do give him a warm welcome!
The winners of the Add Effects Challenge Round 9 are posted, awards are available for pick up, and Round 10 is open! 1 new poetry contest entry. 1 new Art Contest entry. This contest will close in the near future, so enter soon if you would like to participate in this round.
Fall is my favorite season! Beautiful changes come with fall, both in the weather and our lives. And today... some Autumn additions:
3 new Aragorn Crown Awards nominees. Thank you all for your nominations so far. This is a very successful turn out already.
1 new Wallpaper Blend Challenge entry. A few more entries and I will close this round for judging.
1 new Add Effects entry. This round is now closed for judging. Please leave your suggestions for site additions in the comments. What do YOU want to see on Middle-earth?
Put up two new Aragorn Crown Awards Nominees today. Thank you both for entering. Though there is no set closing date for the nominations, I expect to close it for judging some time in the fall. Just a heads up if you want to enter.
Hey everyone, I finally got round 18 of the guess who contest open so those of you who've been waiting to play can submit your guesses. :) The awards for the winners will be sent out momentarily. Thanks to all of you who played this round! I also believe I solved the commenting problem on the updates. Anyone should be able to leave their comments now. I do have a backlog of various contest entries, but I will get those up later. Soon though. I do have them and will get them up when I have more time. Sorry for the delay!