Welcome to the The New Notion Club Archives
The Notion Club Archives is an open project, an encyclopedia dedicated to Expanded Arda: non-canonical sub-creation within J. R. R. Tolkien´s World of Arda.
Originally dedicated to support and preserve abandoned, out-of-print, and fan-made material dedicated to role-playing games, as time passed this Wiki has moved its focus onto the broader field of sub-creation, including:
- RPG games (Middle-earth Role-playing (MERP), Questgame, The Lord of the Rings Adventure Game (LotRAG), The Lord of the Rings Role-Playing Game (LotRRPG), The One Ring - Roleplaying in Middle Earth (TOR), Adventures in Middle-earth, Ambarquenta);
- play-by-mail games (Middle-Earth play-by-mail);
- card games (Middle-Earth Collectible Card Game, The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game (LCG));
- collectible miniatures (Mithril Miniatures);
- table-top games (The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game, The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth);
- computer and video games (The Lord of the Rings Online); and
- the wide field of Tolkien- and Arda-related fanfiction.
The principal directive of the Notion Club Archives is the fictitious approach that this is the official archive of the New Notion Club. The original Notion Club was a fictional social club created by J. R. R. Tolkien for his unfinished short story The Notion Club Papers.
The Notion Club was a fictionalized version of Tolkien's own literary group of the early 1930s to late 1940s. The members of the fictional Notion Club undertook experiments in the field of space and time travel through memory-object connected communication and dreams, which led some of their members, notably Alwin Lowdham and Michael George Ramer, eventually to discover earth's fictional alternate past - the prehistorical mythical world of Arda (with its forgotten continents of Middle-earth and Númenor).
As the long forgotten Notion Club Papers were found by Howard Green, Clerk of the Schools at Oxford, and published by the university press in 2012 AD in the Seventh Age, although most readers regarded them as a work of fiction, some interest in the experiments of the Notion Club Society and space-time travel through astral projection, object-memory-empathy, and lucid dreams were renewed, and in Year 67 of the Seventh Age, historian and writer James C. Hare, who thought the Notion Club papers might be a fictionalized writing of real experiments which had actually happened, founded the New Notion Club, a secret literary society with the objective to continue the scientific work of the group surrounding Alwin Lowdham and Michael George Ramer, and to discover more details of the lost Ages of the World, with the main focus on the Westlands in the First through Third Ages.
Canon and canonicity
This wiki has a adapted a semi-official hierarchy considering the canonicity of its articles: the works published by J.R.R. Tolkien during his lifetime are considered canonical. Those of his works published posthumously by his heirs are considered secondary canon, and are to be recognized as far as they do not directly contradict the works published by J.R.R. Tolkien during his lifetime. Tertiary works, such as role-playing books, games and fan-fiction are considered subordinate in the hierarchy. Any new articles posted on the Archives have to be brought into concordance with the canonical works and should intend not to contradict the official canon. However, the main subject of this project still is to further explore the past Ages of Arda and to bring forth more details of its history, culture, historical persons, and other elements that make Arda a more dense, complex and cohesive world and literary creation.
Notes to contributors
We advise our contributors that new additions and articles on this wiki should be written with the idea in mind that they consider a fictitious alternate past of our own world and should keep up the literal illusion that they are written by members of the New Notion Club, who gain their knowledge on the forgotten Ages of Arda by experiments in the fields of lucid dreaming. For mainly legal reasons there yet is one more Rule which we would like to advise our contributors to take to heart: no stats nor direct quotes from official and still-available game books and other commercial and officially-licensed publications allowed! Strictly original content!
12,598 articles since (29. Úrimë) (Year 67 of the Seventh Age, 12173th, Year of the Sun)