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Reference that!

LotrProject has now been online for over seven months. Despite the huge transformation and improvement from the original site there is still hundreds of things to be added. One of the most important of course being references.

Ever since I started LotrProject the purpose of the website has been to help people studying Tolkien or reading the books and help exploring the world of Middle-Earth. One major flaw has been the lack or references. This has naturally been pointed out to me by various people but time is always a problem. Perhaps I should have had references as a top priority from the start, I don’t know. The ever increasing number of books on Middle-Earth published by Christopher Tolkien requires any attempt of genealogy chart to have proper references in order to be useful.

You may have noticed certain characters having more information than others. Elrond, Thorin and Dís are just three. This is an ongoing, very time consuming, task of adding a short descriptive text on each character to give some insight to who they are. It is not aimed to become an encyclopedia similar to Tolkien Gateway, just brief information. In this text I also explain inconsistencies in the genealogy of certain characters. Doing this has yet again brought the issue of references to my attention.

I am glad to say I have finally pulled my act together and started adding references to some characters. It will take time but it will be done. The references will be available when clicking on characters and referenced in the text as superscript numbers. There are a few plans – in my ever expanding list of plans – to add some extra functionality similar to the Wikipedia footnotes.

To give you some sense of what it will look like, here are a few characters with both a descriptive text and references:

I would also like to express my thanks to the people who have chosen to donate a little money to the project. It is difficult to convey how much it means in text. I am very grateful!

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