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The Tolkien Frequently Asked Questions List (FAQ) is the first of two informational files on J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings, the other being the Less Frequently Asked Questions List (LessFAQ). The division of questions follows several general criteria.

The FAQ leans towards questions of interest to people who have read only The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, together with most questions on Tolkien himself and on topics which seem fundamental to his worldview (his linguistic games in particular).

The LessFAQ contains questions of a more obscure nature, most questions arising from posthumous works, and in general aspects of the nature and history of Middle-earth which are important but tangential to The Lord of the Rings. There is also an element of personal arbitrariness.

All available sources have been used for both lists. Criticisms, corrections, and suggestions are of course welcome. Articles compiled by William D.B. Loos

1. FAQ part 1
Summary: Frequenty Asked Questions about the author J.R.R. Tolkien: questions commonly raised by the first reading of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings; details of the background mythology and invented history which relate directly to the stories; biographical matters.

2. FAQ part 2
Summary: Continuation of the above.

3. Less FAQ
Summary: Less Frequenty Asked Questions about the author J.R.R. Tolkien: questions on his lesser known works; questions on deeper and/or more obscure details of the invented history, background mythology and matters philological and theological.


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