14 Apr 04 8:59 PM
Reply To: 23507
LOL, sounds as if my nuzgul escaped and is biting other people!
I have been writing lots in the Fourth Age.
Aside from the Appendices, there is the Epilogue, where Samwise answers questions just before *Gasp* my copy of ROTK has gone missing AGAIN... as I was saying, just before Elessar came North, met the hobbits at the Bridge, and gave Sam the Star of the Dunedain or something like that. I cannot tell you what year that was. 1430-something (1436?)
The epilogue is one of the HOME books, in a couple of versions. The answers to the questions give you a glimpse into F.A. stuff. Pippin and Merry made a number of journeys to the South, and spent time at Lake Evendim in the North with the King. Sam and Rose went to Gondor for a year with Elanor, interestingly enough, the same year that their youngest, Tolman, was born. Samwise was elected Mayor seven times! Pippin became Thain four years after his son Faramir was born, and seven years after marrying Diamond. Merry's wedding date and name of his son are not recorded, but he turned his seal over to his son when he left for Gondor in the end, so he must have had at least one!
There's also the sequel that JRRT abandoned... it was set in Gondor about 100 years after the War of the Ring? Something like that. I read it a long, long time ago and cannot give you any details.
If you've read the Appendices, you know that Elessar and Arwen had daughters and at least one son, and the son is named. Elessar came often to the North, to the Lake, and Pippin spent a lot of time there. (I think it was Pippin. When I can find ROTK I can let you know, if that's a detail you're interested in.) You know whom Eomer married, and the name of their heir. You know where Legolas and Gimli ended up. You know that Elessar fought more battles (with the Easterlings... and the Haradrim?) and Rohan came to the aid of Gondor. Probably Imrahil did too. You know something about the hobbit main characters from the Chronology. It's a place to start.
Other than those sources, and the Appendices and Genealogies (especially useful for hobbit writers), it's pretty much "make it up as you go along". As long as you try to stay consistent to the general ground rules implied in the original, you should do well.
(And if someone has found sources that I haven't, I'd love to see them!)