I’m gondolinian, also know as Errandir of Gondolin. I am the newbies moderator for over two months almost. I never would have thought being worthy of becoming a mod, I was very surprised and honoured when they asked me to. It gave me quite a thrill :D. So you’ll find me welcoming newbies and giving them a helpful hand in discovering the site. The forum has been updated and cleaned out a bit recently, and more new threads are coming to help the newbies on their quest for Tolkien and LOTR πŸ™‚ . It’s a small forum, but everyone has to start somewhere and the newbiesforum is the place to get acquainted to the older members and to ask for a buddy to help you out. But questions about how to create signatures, or ‘what in Eru’s name is a PM??’ are answered there also with a big smile πŸ˜€ . (And coming up soon: a thread introducing all the forums and sections of the site!) I like helping people out and guiding uncertain newbies that aren’t comfortable yet on such a big site. It’s always nice for them and me to make new friends if they feel like it, I’m honoured to be their guide for as long as they need me.

I found the site like a lot of members: by scanning the net for pictures. I didn’t join immediatly but came to visit once in a while. One night I discovered there was a chat and I joined to check it out. I had a wonderful evening on it, but didn’t return to it for over four months… then I became hooked on it, my life changed completely. I met my best friends there, and without them I wouldn’t be the same person that I am today, nor would I have been here as your humble newbies moderator. To me CoE is a foundation, a place I can call home and feel comfortable on. Both the community as well as the site itself give me a great feeling, it’s good to know that once real life will finally give me a bit more time, I have got hundreds of things about LOTR waiting for me to read and learn, if I haven’t done so yet.

I got in contact with LOTR and Tolkien when the movies came out, but my interest was aroused in a not so common way: I bought the soundtrack first and loved it the second I heared it. I checked the internet to find out more about the movie and discovered it was a trilogy, went to see it and my life changed forever… since then I have read all the books, seen the movies, extended editions included, played the soundtracks numerous times and am now anxiously awaiting the release of the Complete Recordings of the ROTK, as you can see I’m very fond of the music.
I love Tolkien, his love for myths and lore, his history and his life. LOTR opened up my life and to me is a way of living. There are so many good values and other things in the movie worth striving for, to lift up your life to higher levels and that’s what appeals me so much. It will always be part of my life, it is the main thread through it, visible or hidden.

I’m from Belgium, a tiny little country in Europa that has without doubt the best chocolate and invented the ‘french’ fries (bleh, so hate that name πŸ˜› ). I’m a student at university here, I love nature, reading, music (soundtracks mostly but other works appeal to me too), ….
You can find me around the Games Forum too at times, I love it πŸ˜‰ and I met a lot of wonderful people there too, I have got a lot of good friends on the site, with whom I pm or that I meet on msn. So thank you CoE for giving me a social life! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

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