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of Tolkinista... This concept is familiar to you? For certain. Appeared in Russia at the beginning of 90 - x of the last century the strange people dressed in raincoats and a medieval armor and battling in the wood on swords surprise nobody any more. And what only opinions do not develop about tolkinist! Are interested, admire them, laugh at them, consider them “tolkinuty“ and nearly as Satanists, write theses about them and psychologists and sociologists conduct researches. So who they are such, these inhabitants of the magic worlds?

the First tolkinist appeared in 60 - e of the 20th century in the USA after issue of the novel of the English writer John Ronald Reuel Tolkien “Lord of the Rings“. At once we will make a reservation:“ The Lord of the Rings“ is a novel in three parts, but not the trilogy though parts and were published with big time intervals. The trilogy it is possible to call the children`s fantastic story “Hobbit“, the novel “Lord of the Rings“ and the story “Silmarillion“ written in style of the Old German epos and narrating about history of Srednezemya - the magic continent.

various retellings and interpretations of history of the Ring began to appear Later. What is costed at least by quite famous work of Perumov “the Darkness Ring“ or recently very popular “Plasticine of rings“ (or “Feels sick from rings“, from English“ Bored of the Rings“), the humiliating character carrying obviously satirical, and places even. Some admirers of Tolkien like the “Black Book of Arda“ written by a tolkinistka by the name of Nienna (in honor of the goddess of grief in “Silmarillion“). At all interpretation and parodies to Tolkien`s works it is not less at all, and even it is more, than parodies to “Harry Potter“. It also is clear: as they say, there is a Scripture, there are also apocryphal stories.


60 - x were going to clubs on interests, exchanged opinions on the favourite book and played episodes from it by means of counters or paper figures. Later the board game turned into theatrical representation with the stylized suits, departures on the nature and the fixed role at each participant. In such look game exists at the moment.

Should note

that now the movement of tolkinist unites not only Tolkien`s admirers, but also fans of books Perumov, Uelazny and other authors writing in a fantasy genre. Recently there were also Harry Potter`s admirers. But nevertheless the name of tolkinist was assigned to above-mentioned categories of admirers of the fantasy - it is a tribute to the fact that tolkinist were in these games by pioneers. Pedants - researchers prefer to use as more exact term “roleplayers“ - participants of role-playing games.

the Moscow tolkinist gather on Thursdays after six in Not dull Garden which they call Eglador - on one of names of the magic wood Doriaf. There is also a place of concourses in park Tsaritsyno, however its elfin name, unfortunately, is unknown to me. Participants of role-playing games gather, play episodes from favourite books or the scenes which are thought up by them. Attributes of the magic worlds - medieval suits, wooden swords and wire chain armors are considered as obligatory.

Each of participants of game has a fantastic name and belonging to some race of the magic world, and it is not obligatory to positive. Recently very often orks meet, and here elves something comes across very little. The main magic races are elves, people (soldiers, or heroes), orks, gnomes, hobbits, trolls and enta. Tolkien described elves as high, beautiful, generally dark-haired though also elves meet gold hair. Orks - the spiteful, ugly beings serving to Dark Force. Hobbits are little men with the legs covered with wool therefore they quietly do without footwear. Trolls - the spiteful giants who are living underground and not transferring a sunlight. Entov it is possible to call walking plants because they are covered with bark and leaves, look after trees (carry out functions of foresters) and never hurry anywhere. By the way, enta occur among tolkinist extremely seldom.

But now besides listed there are representatives of the magic people which are thought up by other fantasies - writers or even roleplayers. For example, dark elves and dark hobbits. No, it is not about the roles developed especially for black citizens, “dark“ in this case means “turned soul to darkness“.

the Name has to correspond to “nationality“ of the character. For example, there should not be an ork with a name Elrond - on - elfin “the dome covered with stars“. The new participant of games has to pass dedication: if his name coincides with a name of other participant, they surely battle on swords. The winner remains at the name, and here won will have to take himself another. However, knowing this custom and not wishing to begin the first day in the magic kingdom with battle, beginners try not to take names of characters of books, and think out them independently: thus, the probability of coincidence strongly decreases. For example, I am familiar with the ork bearing the difficult name Priest Voyny. Frankly speaking, I do not know that is done by Harry Potter`s admirers if, say, two Hermione suddenly meet, but, as far as I know, this category of roleplayers is famous for the peace temper.

In my opinion, a lot of things can tell the choice of racial accessory and name about character of the person. Elves are presented to me by romantic and distinguished natures, orks - severe and unpretentious, gnomes - closed and hardworking, hobbits - by fans, hard on raising of comfort. The sympathy for one of characters of books can play a role and just. Give for an example we will consider the biography of one of magic beings.

History of one elf

to It twenty one years, she calls herself Tiniel that in translation from a sindarin - one of two elfin languages which are thought up by Tolkien - means “the child of twilight“. Tiniel explains the choice so: “Elves most of all impose me. I love stars, the wood and music. Earlier I lived by the sea, and now very much I grieve for it“.

the Elf was read by “Lord of the Rings“ at the age of eleven years and began to play fragments from the book by means of paper figures, then without knowing yet that the movement of tolkinist quite so began, thought out melodies to elfin songs. Now Tiniel, strangely enough, has even no elfin raincoat, but occasionally visits concourses of tolkinist and watches them from outside.“ Why so? Yes because I had “game in the book“ at teenage age and now simply it is interesting to me to watch how play others. It is interesting to me to watch them. If it is honest, I never participated in games, but I have a familiar girl - the hobbit by the name of Melissa, she - that also brought me here, but recently she does not participate in games too. It demands a lot of time: to think over and agree on the scenario, to make a suit... At last, on game several hours leave. In general I think of a role of the minstrel: you look, one of them brought together around himself the company, and will sing now or to tell something“.

I it is valid: near us (business was in Eglador) the company which center was some pale young man in a raincoat gathered. He began to sing one of songs taken from “Lord of the Rings“ on the melody which is thought up by him, accompanying himself on a guitar. Of course, it is better for melody to think out most, but, happens, for the sake of an entertainment roleplayers use taken from others, all known, songs. For example, there is a song “Nimrodel“ on motive of “Suliko“. Someone from the Russian tolkinist wrote down an ork - the opera “We Go to Srednezemye“ which plot represents comic processing of a plot of “Lord of the Rings“: one of orks lost memory and got a false idea himself the elf, elves took offense at people and abandoned Srednezemye not for the sake of unfading lands in the Zaokrainny West, and, as they say, from the principle: “Will be enough, children, it is time back!“ . Unfortunately, sound recordings of our roleplayers, as a rule, of handicraft work and quality of a sound do not differ. But I happened to listen somehow to songs of the British tolkinist, and, I admit, I was simply delighted with a simple, but pleasant melody, well built polyphony and tool maintenance. The impression was made that it is the song some known fate - ensemble. If not the words “One Ring to the Dark Lord Sitting on a Throne in the Country of a Gloom where I Have to Go“, I would not believe that I listen to work of participants of role-playing games.

of One of the most favourite subjects for discussions are the translations of books of Tolkien whom admirers respectfully call Professor. The translations appear more and more every year, and discussion about advantages of this or that option joins even those who never learned English, and for many it serves as incentive to go to courses or to sit down for the self-instruction manual.

However, it is possible to sit down for the self-instruction manual not only English, but also any of languages of Srednezemya. Philologists often ask a question: how many languages Professor thought up? In effect, any language was not created by it completely, several dictionaries of a kvenye and sindarin made by it - the main elfin languages are known. Still several words in language of orks occur in the text of “Lord of the Rings“. But admirers finished thinking about the rest and continue to work on permission of linguistic problems of the magic world. At forums of tolkinist there is a serious discussion of such problems as “curses in elfin language“, “a pronunciation of L and E in kveniysky“ and “an accent in an adunaika (language of people)“. Probably, even Tolkien could not assume that languages, many of which are only mentioned in his texts, will become some kind of Esperanto for admirers.

was not passed by criticism and the movie “Lord of the Rings“ concerning which most of roleplayers speaks negatively, reproaching with the director strong reduction of the narration. However there are also positive reviews of acting, special effects and landscapes.

On the Internet the great variety of the tolkinistsky websites and pages is, and I, perhaps, will not specify their address: the become interested readers will spend time with pleasure, having set the word “tolkinist“ in any search engine and looking through the various websites. It is necessary to tell that on them you will find dictionaries of fantastic names, dictionaries of languages of Srednezemya, many of which are made already by followers of Professor and or added with them, lists of the roleplayers who are “officially“ registered in the Network, and also an illustration of tolkinist to favourite books, verses and continuations of history of Srednezemya. Certainly, there are also parodies: comic poems, plays and scenarios of role-playing games. There are also filings of articles devoted to a phenomenon of the movement of tolkinist. Each such article is discussed and posted in filing in a certain section.

the serious sociological and psychological researches devoted to a phenomenon of role-playing games are of Huge interest. The main issue which sets scientists is the sense of such games. For the sake of what teenagers, and quite often and absolutely adults dress up in carnival costumes, think out to themselves some strange names and drive on the woods with wooden swords in hands?

Strangely enough, recently more and more roleplayers visit these concourses not for discussion of books of Tolkien, and for communication, fencing on swords (by the way, fencing on swords is already considered the sport which is officially called “historical fencing“, on it even the international competitions are held) or participations in the dramatized representations. The last is especially important, recently, unfortunately, amateur performances of leisure completely disappeared as a species. One of my numerous cousin nephews participated in role-playing games just for this reason. By the way, then he entered the theatrical institute.

from this can draw a conclusion that role-playing games represent not only a form of cultural leisure, but also the field for self-expression. Communication with friends - adherents, sports, just walks outdoors - a fine hobby and useful pastime.