Magpie-TORn-bioMagpie has been a dedicated reader of the TORn since 2002 and a member of the message boards since 2004. She started writing stories for the Home Page in 2008 and became a staff member in 2011. She contributes here and there as needed but her primary role is as TORn’s de facto historian.



Thorongil is from Long Island, NY. Married, 2 kids, one boy and one girl.  He’s been a TORN staff member since the early days in late 1999 or early 2000. Started as an Op in Barlimans chat room and moved onto reporting local LOTR events in NY. Interviewed some of cast and crew at various conventions, book signings or other promotional LOTR movie events. Went to New Zealand in April 2000 and ran around with Tehanu( one of the four TORN founders) and saw some filming and visited  some of the places and sets they shot at. Highlight was doing the NYC press junket for TTT for TORN. Nowadays mostly involved with helping out at conventions, Oscar parties and other special projects.

Thompson-KristinKristin is a film scholar who published The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood in 2007. It was based on numerous interviews with the crew of the film and others connected to the franchise. She joined the staff of TORn two years ago and contributes an occasional series, “Researching THE FRODO FRANCHISE,” as well as participating on the message boards. She is currently at work on a book closely analyzing Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.


ElessarImageElessar writes the Collecting The Precious column and joined TORn in March 2011. When he isn’t writing about the next amazing collectible we should add to our collections, Elessar teaches by day and watches movies/plays video games by night. Elessar lives just south of Kansas City where he enjoys the crazy weather that is the Mid-West.



AinuLaireImageAinu Laire joined TORn in the summer of 2004 and has been an on-site volunteer staff member for several of TORn’s southern California events for several years. She is currently set to graduate university at the end of the year with a degree in art emphasizing on digital design.  She’ll also be assisting on one of TORn’s new featurettes concerning art work inspired by Tolkien.


grammaboodawgImagegrammaboodawg joined TORn in January, 2002.  She is the steward of the Geeky Observation Lists for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies and her daily TIME (Today in Middle-earth) and BS (Book Spoiler) posts on the Main Discussion Board. She’s very much like Bilbo as she’s the happiest when puttering around her home, garden and country roads in Michigan USA.  She’s also very cluttered with collections of Tolkien-related books, toys, posters, statues and anything else she can lay her hands on.  Her dream is to travel back to Wellington, NZ once more.  During the day, she works at an academic library as a quality-control, trouble-shooter for the university library online catalog information.

MithrilImageAlthough a lurker and a friend of TORn since its beginnings, Mithril became a staff member in 2013 when she created 20-foot-tall banners for The One Expected Oscar Party. She is a moderator of The Great Hall of Poets and has been known to pen poetry herself. You can oft times find her escaping to Middle-earth by slipping into one of its characters through cosplay. In the real world, she is an art director and designer, and her work appears in the film “Ringers: Lord of the Fans”.

Saystine is another new member of the TORn staff, but has been around the Tolkien Fandom for over a decade.  Some might know her as Sarumanella, one of her more well known costumes. Though most will know her as the founder of The Tolkien Forever Fellowship, the Los Angeles local fan club group and Tolkien Society smial. When not planning events, and collecting all sorts of Tolkien swag, Saystine can be found attending various conventions and faires.  Long Live Costuming!!

KelvarhinImageKelvarhin was a long time lurker of TORn since the earliest days.  She finally stumbled out of Lurkwood into the message Boards in 2008 and became a staff member in 2011.  When she’s not hanging out on the message boards, she’s posting the odd feature to the frontpage and helping out with other special projects.  She spends her time away from TORn with her husband and three autistic children in the beautiful south west of Australia.

GarfeimaoImageGarfeimao discovered in late 2000 and quickly realized she had to re-read all the books in order to fully participate in message board discussions. She joined the staff right after FOTR was released in order to help plan the first Oscar party, and has continued to help plan many of the special events TORn has hosted since then. Her love of movies has led to a Senior Programming position with a Film Festival, but it is life as a Travel Agent that pays that bills. She has conveniently been able to meld work and fandom together by planning the Cruise to Middle-earth and a Premiere Tour to New Zealand, truly the best of both world.

deejImagedeej has been a staff member since 2008, helping to ensure that TOR.n apperances at events like San Diego Comic Con and DragonCon run smoothly.   In her spare time deej is a distribution specialist by day and occasional DJ by night.



ImladrisRose has unofficially been involved with TORn for over a decade and has recently become a staffer. Initial involvement included the making of several LOTR film parodies followed by the more recent red carpet coverage of TH:AUJ premiere. TORn and several of its staffers have been like a second family to ImladrisRose throughout her life and professional journey. ImladrisRose is an independent filmmaker who resides in New York, and is also a freelance professional photographer and film editor.

Sarumann has been with TORn since 2002, working primarily as an event planner and coordinator in the Los Angeles area. He has been a fan of Tolkien since first reading ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in high school, and it is still his greatest and most beloved fandom and community. When not planning fun parties for Ringers, he works in Blu-ray/DVD production, bringing his other great love, Star Trek, to the world of hi-definition.

RasputinTheEvilBalrogRasputin the Evil Balrog has been causing mischief in the TORn community since the turn of the century. She weaseled her way onto the staff in 2013 after making a spectacle of herself at the Oscar Party. An award-winning cosplayer, she pays for her Middle Earth pursuits with a day job as a fundraiser for a nonprofit. Originally from Texas, she journeyed Into the West in 2004 and has lived in Los Angeles ever since.



Momosanla is a recent addition to the TORn staff after being a long-time fan of the site. When she’s not planning spectacular line parties (and they are spectacular, or so she says) Mo helps out the LA Staff to the best of her abilities as well as contributes the odd article now and then. (Odd referring to in the infrequency, not the content. Though that’s debatable too.)

KiliImageKili produces and hosts the Tolkien webseries “Happy Hobbit” along with her sister, Fili. Growing up playing in the mountains and riding horses drew her to Middle-earth – a love that not only lead to her study of Old English and translation of Beowulf, but building her own worlds. After having graduated with her Master of Fine Arts, she is a national award-winning writer whose stories always incorporate her and Tolkien’s shared love of whimsy and the natural world. Her debut novel, Darkling, is available now on Amazon under K.M. Rice.


FiliImageFili produces and hosts the Tolkien webseries “Happy Hobbit” along with her sister, Kili. At a young age she fell in love with the Shire and its inhabitants, and quickly the rest of Middle-earth followed suit. The hobbit appetites, horses and mountain adventuring mirrored what she loves about her own life and is what drew her into the world. The movies and story have inspired her to study film, and she is currently doing so at a university. In her spare time she enjoys playing and watching soccer, writing, and pursuing her other passion of photography.


Anwyn feels blessed to be a part of the TORn family after all this time. She came aboard shortly after got started, when the founders began looking for a group to write about all things related to Tolkien’s books. As a founding member of the resulting Green Books section of the site, she has posted fan fiction, answered reader questions, and written the column “Anwyn’s Counterpoint.” She contributed to the site’s two books, The People’s Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien and More People’s Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien. Anwyn lives in Indiana.

CeledorImageCeledor was raised in the area where Dungeons & Dragons was invented and became fascinated by fantasy before he had a grip on reality. After discovering Tolkien’s book as a boy in the 1980s, he became obsessed with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and even wrote a book about the Peter Jackson adaptations called The Lord of the Films. He lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with his wife and “child”, a big black lab named Madison.



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