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1. Plants of Middle-Earth 
Author: Forodwaith
Last Updated: 04/20/03  Original Post: 08/02/02
Status: General  Rating: General  Chapters: 5  Word Count: 11,299
Era: Other   Genre: Research Article  Completion: Work in Progress
A brief account of some of the plant life (or olvar) of Middle-Earth, intended to help the urban fic writer avoid any egregious errors when describing a scene of natureUpdated April 20, 2003 with 1 new entry and additional bibliography.
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2. Elladan and Elrohir Factsheet, The This is a HASA reviewed story.
Author: Tyellas
Last Updated: 04/05/04  Original Post: 08/19/02
Status: Reviewed  Rating: General  Chapters: 1  Word Count: 2,550
Era: Other   Genre: Critical Essay  Completion: Complete
A reference article with almost every piece of Tolkien canon information available about the twin sons of Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir. Book spoilers. Rated G.
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3. Glorfindel Factsheet 
Author: Lyllyn
Last Updated: 12/17/02  Original Post: 09/11/02
Status: General  Rating: General  Chapters: 1  Word Count: 2,403
Era: Multi-Age   Genre: Research Article  Completion: Complete
Everything I could find about the Lord of the Golden Flower.
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4. Calendars of Middle-earth 
Author: Celandine Brandybuck
Last Updated: 04/04/04  Original Post: 09/17/02
Status: General  Rating: General  Chapters: 3  Word Count: 3,126
Era: Other   Genre: Research Article  Completion: Complete
A short guide to calculating years, months, and days in Middle-earth. Prepared by Celandine.
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5. Writing a Green Sun This is a HASA reviewed story.
Author: Anglachel
Last Updated: 03/15/04  Original Post: 09/17/02
Status: Reviewed  Rating: General  Chapters: 7  Word Count: 11,325
Era: Other   Genre: Critical Essay  Completion: Complete
Thoughts on writing sexuality in JRRT fanfiction, focus on Hobbits and the Shire. Discussion of how research and speculation about social, historical, cultural and economic aspects of Middle-earth affects the development of stories and characters. By Anglachel.Mithril Awards 2003 - Finalist - Best Critical Essay
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6. Archery Help for Writers in Middle-earth 
Author: ErinRua
Last Updated: 11/21/05  Original Post: 09/19/02
Status: General  Rating: General  Chapters: 5  Word Count: 4,897
Era: Other   Genre: Research Article  Completion: Complete
A Glossary of Terms for archery which might be of use to authors writing of elven or medieval-type warfare. Many other technical details of archery and shooting included. * Updated Nov 2005, now that the author has actually taken up archery! :-)
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7. Gwyenyn, Twins 
Author: Cirdan
Last Updated: 04/17/03  Original Post: 09/21/02
Status: General  Rating: General  Chapters: 1  Word Count: 2,986
Era: Other   Genre: Research Article  Completion: Complete
A speculative essay about the phenomenon of twins among elves in JRRT's writings. Feanor the character is writing as a scholar.
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8. Overview of Horses 
Author: Arwen Lune
Last Updated: 04/05/03  Original Post: 09/24/02
Status: General  Rating: General  Chapters: 1  Word Count: 101
Era: Other   Genre: Research Article  Completion: Complete
A single page of general information on horses, compiled by Arwen Lune. There are a large number of excellent color illustrations, and the page is quite fast despite the number of images. The article provides a link to the site holding the information, and opens in a new window.
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9. Horse Sense 
Author: ErinRua
Last Updated: 12/17/02  Original Post: 09/24/02
Status: General  Rating: General  Chapters: 10  Word Count: 3,998
Era: Other   Genre: Research Article  Completion: Complete
Dear Friends ~ The purpose of this article is to share a bit of horse lore with fiction writers who may not have much familiarity with our old friend, the Horse. Please understand that this is not intended to be the definitive end-all of horse facts. I am not a breeder, a veterinarian, a scientist, or any kind of expert. I do not pretend to know more than other horse folks who may read this, and especially not those who may have views differing from or knowledge greater than mine. What I offer are merely my insights and knowledge of the horse, gained in my twenty years or so of working with them as a guide/outfitter and occasional cowhand. This article is merely intended as a basic guideline for writers who may not know the Horse, and these are the facts as I, personally, understand them. I hope you will find this collection of both use and enjoyment, and comments or corrections are welcome. ~ Erin
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10. Writing Believable Horses 
Author: Arwen Lune
Last Updated: 04/05/03  Original Post: 09/28/02
Status: General  Rating: General  Chapters: 1  Word Count: 575
Era: Other   Genre: Research Article  Completion: Complete
When you are writing about horses and you want them to be more than sketchy background, have a look at this list. I've put down some of the habits and traits most horses possess in one way or another. Writing about some (not all) of these will fill in the horse in your story to be a real animal, not a cardboard vehicle. - By Arwen Lune
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