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Name: The One (TORn)
Date(s): approximately April 2000 to present
Profit/Nonprofit: profit
Country based in: USA
Focus: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
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The One aka TORn is a very active fan site for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and other works by JRR Tolkien.

The site includes news and discussion forums for Tolkien's writing (including academic analyses), film news and casts, and extensive image archives of published illustrations, movie stills, photos of the cast and crew, and fan art. It has published books such as The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien and More People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien.

Description from Tower of Ecthelion:

A site with all the news you could ever hope to find on the production, actors, offers, and spoilers for the production of the Lord of the Rings movies. Updated obsessively, this is the only place to go if you want to see the next big project for anyone remotely involved in Lord of the Rings[1]


TORn organized line parties for fans waiting to get into the first screenings of the films from 2000 to 2003. They also produced the 2003 and 2004 Oscar night LotR fan parties in Los Angeles.

TORn worked with Creation Entertainment to produce three later LotR conventions: ORC (One Ring Convention), in Los Angeles, January 2005 and 2006, and ELF on the East Coast of the US in August 2005.

Ringers Documentary

Many of the same people created a documentary about LotR fandom from the 1960s to the 2000s, Ringers: Lord of the Fans, narrated by Dominic Monaghan.

Linked to "The Very Secret Diaries"

On June 13, 2002, this site commented and linked to The Very Secret Diaries:
So secret that TORN wouldn’t report on them….until now! If you’ve been wondering where the term ‘Pervy Elf Fancier’ came from originally, as well as a lot more current LOTR slandg, visit this alternative-lifestyle version of Middle-earth to find out. If the term ‘alternative lifestyle’ means nothing to you, don’t go there. Some language and situations may offend some of you, and kill the rest of you laughing. [2]
Two days later, Cassie Claire commented:


So TORN finally decided to link to me. Not that I minded. I just think it's funny... Alternative lifestyle? And here I thought pervy hobbit-fancing had become mainstream. "Frodo Has Two Godfathers" and all that. :D [3]


  1. ^ Tower of Ecthelion - Links, via Wayback. (Accessed 12 October 2012)
  2. ^ JUNE 13, 2002 at 5:40 PM BY TEHANU
  3. ^ cassieclaire