Welcome to PT, Ringmaster. :wave:
If you look on your left at the navigation bar, you will notice a link under Your Account called Help. Everything you need to know is there. You will also find a thread in the first portion of the message board called Information for Newbies. Most of that info still applies although there have been some changes. In which case, just refer to Help.
Try not to use all capital letters when you type, this is considered as shouting in the virtual world. It is also difficult to read.
I hope you enjoy visiting Planet-tolkien. If you have a few minutes, come in for a chat in the chatroom.