Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Dana's Annotated Tale of Years

Author: Dana
Nominator: Dreamflower
2006 Award Category: Genres: Non-Fiction

Story Type: Non-Fiction : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A transcription of the Tale of Years, with additions.


Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 10

How often I have been working on a fic, and taken out my paperback copy of The Lord of the Rings to check the date on which some important event occurred, only to find myself squinting and trying to make out what I'm seeing in the small print. Perhaps it is just me, and my tired old eyes, but it can be frustrating--and embarrassing as well, if I should make a mistake! Now I have the Tale of Years on my computer screen, where I can make the print as large as I need it to be! Not only that, but it is quite handy for a quick search instead of dragging the book out. In addition to simply recording the events as Tolkien did in his own Tale of Years, Dana has also done a few other things--she has, for example, annotated any inconsistencies she found between the events in the Tale of Years and information elsewhere in the Appendices. One such inconsistency is Sam's Date of Birth, given in the Tale of Years as T.A. 2983 (S.R. 1383) this contradicts the Long-father Tree of Master Samwise, in which Sam's DOB is given as S.R. 1380--since the text refers to Merry being younger than Sam, it is clearly a mistake in the Tale of Years. She has also included significant events which were *not* recorded at all, such as the births of Merry and Pippin. Making it even more useful, she has also included the Shire Reckoning alongside the Gondorian dates, making the messy math unnecessary--not so messy in the Third Age, but a distinct pain in the Fourth! This is really a very useful tool for anyone writing LotR fic, or even for someone who simply wants to quickly check on the date of some event.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 4

Excellent resource material for either readers or writers. I understand using the First Age time line from the Encyclopedia of Arda as a starting point, although I find their unreferenced information to sometimes be in error (or unduly speculative) - that part alone I would approach with some caution, and would probably check against other references if possible. However, the annotated transcription of the rest is wonderful - easily searchable, with important additions tucked in from family trees and other sources.

Reviewed by: Elanor -- Score: 3

About time somebody put Merry and Pippin into the Tale of Years! This is a very useful copy-remake of Appendix B for which legions of fanfic writers will be very grateful, especially those of us whose Appendices are falling out of our books! And a little more hobbit-centric, too, which is always a good thing!

Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 3

This is really a nice overview, but I am not always assured that the ency of Arda has the correct information, so I rather stick to the books. But you can see how much work the author has put into it (especially regarding the dates about hobbit births and such), so I can see the absolute value of this for Hobbit writers. A great job!

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 2

This is a very handy chart to have available onscreen for easy checking of dates and the details and additions of certain events makes it more comprehensive than the book appendix.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 2

Wonderful tool, painstakingly put together, nicely edited. Thanks, Dana, for making this convenient reference available to all!

Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice -- Score: 1

A very useful compilation, an asset to the fandom.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 1

Very extensive and well researched!