Hi Starhawk, welcome to our happy family. :happyelf:
For the convenience(?) of newbies, we have posted FAQ and chatFAQ
and List of Website Rules
which should answer a few of your questions about the website. You can also access our Planet Tolkien Help data base via the Help/FAQ link in the horizontal menu below our banner on each page.
For those questions that remain unanswered, especially Tolkien related, just ask and someone will most assuredly provide an answer for you. (Even if they don't know from whence you entered.) :elfbiggrin:
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