Hello Undomiel, welcome to Planet Tolkien! I'm a bit of a newbie myself, but here's a few tips and tricks around the PT website:
Try to keep on topic in individual threads.
You can Private Message (PM) any member by going to 'My Account', 'Messages', and 'Create New Message'.
PT is a place where people respect and like each other. Don't insult or be vicious to other members.
There's different places for different kinds of threads. Keep within them.
The Council are a group of members with administrative powers. Be nice to them! (Just kidding, they're all fun to be around).
And finally, in the words of Grondmaster, our most active and respected member, SHARE AND ENJOY!!!