My name is Matt in real life, but CoE is my escape from real life so you may call me GaG.

-Favourite character in LOTR?
My favorite character would definitely be Gimli, I can’t see why so many people dislike him. Yeah, the girls don’t like him because of the fangirl type, but a lot of people say they don’t like the movies because of that so I’m puzzled.

-Do you have any hobbies?
Indeed I do have hobbies. CoE is one of course. I also enjoy playing tennis and making websites of my own. What I really like doing is doing graphic art of some kind, though I’m very new to it still.

-How old are you?
I am 15, yes, that means I get my permit soon!

-When did you first join COE?
That’s a tough one. It says I registered 8/14/03, so I’ll say that.

-Why did you join?
I was a fan of Lord of the Rings of course, and this was the best site that I found. I first found the gallery, but never thought about joining because I didn’t need to join for pictures. Then I started lurking around for a long time, mainly in the humor section and reading the news. One day I was bored however and began snooping around and found the forum and I was stuck here until now, and hopefully for much longer.

-Favourite bird?
I like the bald eagle or the loon. They both look amazing, the eagles in the sky and the loons on the lake.

-If you could have any position at COE, which would it be?
I’d love to be the themes admin, but I don’t think I’m qualified enough so I didn’t bother applying. One day though if there is an opening I might.

-What do you like about LOTR?
I like basically all of it. The story is so amazing overall. I guess one thing that makes me like it is the scenery. It makes it seem like this place is real, which draws me in so much closer. The character personalities also help, because in most characters you can see a trait that you have, or would like to have.

-What’s your favorite place in ME?
I would have to say my favorite place is the Shire. It seems like a very happy place to be, and who wouldn’t want to be in a happy place? I am also quite short for my age so I feel like I could fit in.

-What’s your favourite part of the realm of Manwë?
The members, definitely the members. I feel like each realm is the same in a way, you can do the same games, have the same contests, but what really makes a realm different from another are the members. We all know each other very well, and we accept new people very easily. I love the fact that we are very random at times, yet we all still understand each other and are always having a blast.

-What are some of the activities the realm is currently taking part in?
Well, the most obvious is helping out with the Council Courier. Another thing we are doing is working on the Council of Entwives. We are in charge of the Link section there. We are also about to begin an art contest for our mascot, Eonwe Eagle. We came up with the idea because Eonwe was one of the Maiar and was a messenger of Manwë.

-Why are Gimli and Gollum your favourite characters? Which is your least favourite of the two?
Gimli is one of my favorite characters because of his differences from everyone else. He looks a lot different from everyone in the story, and uses a unique weapon as well. I guess I like people being different in a way. Gollum is another favorite because he’s Gollum! It’s just that odd personality of evil and good at the same time that I like. I would have to say that Gimli is for sure my favorite of the two of them just because I feel like I can relate to him more. (No, I don’t have a red beard.)

-What are your goals for the future of the realm of Manwë?
My goals are to keep the members of this realm happy. If people don’t enjoy what we do in this realm then I don’t see why they would join it. Overall I just want people to have fun and have a nice escape from the real world.

by the Realm of Manwë

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