Hidden Archives of Middle-Earth

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Name: Hidden Archives of Middle-Earth
Date(s): 06 April 2002 - 19 June 2003 (last updated and site closed later that year)[1]
Archivist: Aralanthiriel, Drew
Founder: Aralanthiriel
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings
URL: http://hidden-archives.com/ (Wayback)
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Hidden Archives of Middle-Earth is a Lord of the Rings fanfiction archive. The main archivist was Aralanthiriel, assisted by Drew.

From the main page:

You are now in the Hidden Archives of Middle-Earth. We are located in a secret place, hidden from the prying eyes of Mary-Sues and sheltered against the invasion of incoherent plots. Only well-written fanfics will ever be showcased here, so fear not and explore!

Description from Tower of Ecthelion:

An excellent archive featuring all types of Lord of the Rings works, including essays and other non-fiction. Also included is a collection of “Rare Finds” (10th member stories that actually work!) and hilarious “excuse” and “response to flame” generators.[2]

In June 2003, the archivist reported a fire at the "data center" (web server/host?) that caused a loss of emails containing new submissions. Submissions were closed and never reopened.[3] Later that year, Aralanthiriel posted that she was shutting down the site:

The Hidden Archives of Middle-earth has been shut down. Please remove it from your links/bookmarks. My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, but I no longer have the time to maintain it properly.

If you're looking for the Hidden Archives Forum, it has been re-located to be hosted on Dwim's domain. (Much thanks to her for that!)

Both the Denethor and Tolkien fanlistings have been shut down as well. I've already e-mailed the Fanlistings Network about it.

If you're looking for Dwimordene's website, it is located here at its new address. http://www.dwimordenespage.org

The http://www.hidden-archives.com domain will expire sometime in November, so try not to reach the site after that date. I can't control whether the domain will simply die or be picked up by someone else.