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::I'd agree with Ebakunin on this one. Past tense seems to make the most sense and is the simplest. Although, I think the articles dealing with Languages could be present tense. For instance ''this word'' means ''this'' in ''this language''. It seems awkward to state past tense as it sounds as if we can't use those words at present. --[[User:Hyarion|Hyarion]] 17:47, 27 April 2006 (EDT)
 
::I'd agree with Ebakunin on this one. Past tense seems to make the most sense and is the simplest. Although, I think the articles dealing with Languages could be present tense. For instance ''this word'' means ''this'' in ''this language''. It seems awkward to state past tense as it sounds as if we can't use those words at present. --[[User:Hyarion|Hyarion]] 17:47, 27 April 2006 (EDT)
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:::I certainly like the past tense better.  All the Wikipedia Tolkien articles are in the present.  Thanks.  --[[User:Narfil Palùrfalas|Narfil Palùrfalas]] 14:52, 28 April 2006 (EDT)

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Article Tense

What tense are the articles supposed to be in? For instance, is "when Fëanor finds his Silmarils were stolen by Melkor, he goes to Tirion" correct? Or is "when Fëanor found his Silmarils were stolen by Melkor, he went to Tirion", in the past tense, correct? --Narfil Palùrfalas 17:35, 27 April 2006 (EDT)

Since Tolkien intended the legendarium to be a history, everything should be in past tense. Even the sections about Eriol. Which is nice, because it keeps everything simple. --Ebakunin 17:38, 27 April 2006 (EDT)
I'd agree with Ebakunin on this one. Past tense seems to make the most sense and is the simplest. Although, I think the articles dealing with Languages could be present tense. For instance this word means this in this language. It seems awkward to state past tense as it sounds as if we can't use those words at present. --Hyarion 17:47, 27 April 2006 (EDT)
I certainly like the past tense better. All the Wikipedia Tolkien articles are in the present. Thanks. --Narfil Palùrfalas 14:52, 28 April 2006 (EDT)