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Throughout [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s world, names have been used more than once.  
 
Throughout [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s world, names have been used more than once.  
 
* Some names of older tales have been reused for "external" reasons - names like [[Galdor]] and [[Legolas]].  
 
* Some names of older tales have been reused for "external" reasons - names like [[Galdor]] and [[Legolas]].  
* Some have been used "internally" - the [[Númenóreans]] and [[Gondorians]] and even the [[Hobbits]] naming their offspring after heroes of the [[First Age]]: [[Húrin|Húrin Thalion]] had four Gondorian noblemen named after him.  
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* Some have been used "internally" - the [[Númenóreans]] and [[Gondorians]] and even the [[Hobbits]] naming their offspring after heroes of the [[First Age]]: [[Húrin Thalion]] had four Gondorian noblemen named after him.  
 
* Some chapters are named after people or events, that play an important role in it. Examples include ''[[Strider (chapter)]]'', ''[[Treebeard (chapter)]]'' and ''[[Minas Tirith (chapter)]]''.  
 
* Some chapters are named after people or events, that play an important role in it. Examples include ''[[Strider (chapter)]]'', ''[[Treebeard (chapter)]]'' and ''[[Minas Tirith (chapter)]]''.  
 
* Some characters' names have been reused in adaptations - especially [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings|Peter Jackson's]] - though they do not represent the character in the book. [[Morwen (movie character)]] is one, and one could argue her son [[Éothain (movie character)]] is another.
 
* Some characters' names have been reused in adaptations - especially [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings|Peter Jackson's]] - though they do not represent the character in the book. [[Morwen (movie character)]] is one, and one could argue her son [[Éothain (movie character)]] is another.
  
 
==Disambiguation==
 
==Disambiguation==
Because of this reuse of names, it is important to disambiguate these multiple article titles. Some have numbers: [[Aragorn I]] and [[Aragorn II]], for example. Some have epithets. In the worst case, a description goes between brackets: [[Beregond (soldier of Gondor)]] and [[Beregond (Steward of Gondor)]]. The unmarked, naked term, ''[[Beregond]]'', becomes the disambiguation page.
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Because of this reuse of names, it is important to disambiguate these multiple article titles. There are several ways of doing this.
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Some of the characters have numbers, especially royalty. The two ''Aragorn''s are thus named [[Aragorn I]] and [[Aragorn II]].
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An epithet is an honorific name. Thus the legendary Beren becomes [[Beren Erchamion]], Túrin becomes [[Túrin Turambar]] and Húrin becomes [[Húrin Thalion]]. They do not all have to be in Elvish: Turgon can be found at [[Turgon the Wise]].
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Titles differ from epithets in that they usually start with "of". Hence, [[Galdor of Dor-lómin]] and [[Húrin of Emyn Arnen]].
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;Descriptions in parantheses
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These descriptions in parantheses (brackets) can be patronyms ([[Faramir (son of Denethor II)]]) or descriptions (either [[Beregond (Steward of Gondor)]] or [[Fastred (Rider of Rohan)]])
  
 
==Use within the text==
 
==Use within the text==
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==Disambiguation page==
 
==Disambiguation page==
There are no lower limits to the disambiguation page: generally, even two terms can be worthy of a disambiguation, though it may not have to be. [[Gimli]] redirects to the Gimli of the Third Age, not to the [[Gimli (Noldo)|insignificant Noldo]] from early writings. [[Legolas]] leads to a disambiguation page, because in those early writings, [[Legolas of Gondolin]] played a more important part.  
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Disambiguation pages should be made when there are three articles with the name, or that have the name in them. In the case of two articles, the most popular of the two gets the main aritcle as a redirect, with a notification (see below) at the top. This could also be applied to disambiguation pages: if one of the three is the most popular (such as [[Minas Tirith]]), it redirects to the main article. If not, the "naked" term is redirected to a an article of the same name, with "(disambiguation)" added behind the name.
  
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===Layout===
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*The first line of the template should be the same as other articles: the page name bolded, with a arbitrary sentence saying something like "'''Subject''' can refer to the following characters" or whatever is appropriate.
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*The list of disambiguated articles. The list should be split up, when necessary, between [[Legendarium]]-related links and Real-world links (see for example [[Minas Tirith (disambiguation)]] and [[Bill (disambiguation)]]).
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*At he end of the article, add '''<nowiki>{{disambig}}</nowiki>'''
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*Further categorization is not necessary.
 
===Templates===
 
===Templates===
* Disambiguation pages should be tagged with the '''<nowiki>{{disambig}}</nowiki>''' template at the bottom.
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* If a page has two entries, use [[Template:Disambig-two|'''<nowiki>{{disambig-two}}</nowiki>''']] or [[Template:Youmay|'''<nowiki>{{youmay}}</nowiki>''']] at the top of the first page
* If a page has two entries, use the '''<nowiki>{{youmay|subject this article|[[Article name|other article]]}}</nowiki>''' at the top of both those pages.
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* In the case of three or more articles, use [[Template:Disambig-more|'''<nowiki>{{disambig-more}}</nowiki>''']] at the top of the page that is redirected from the naked term - unless that is the redirect page. Note that all these templates have parameters.
* In the case of three or more articles, '''<nowiki>{{otherchars|[[Name|Name (disambiguation)]]}}</nowiki>''' at the top of all those pages.
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===Exceptions===
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* '''Journals''': Many [[Tolkien Society|Tolkien Societies]] have journals, which they name after items in Middle-earth. Some even name their entire Tolkien Society after an item or place in Middle-earth. In such a case, no disambiguation page is necessary. If the journal is named, for example, [[Amon Hen (journal)]], a simple '''<nowiki>{{youmay|the hill|[[Amon Hen (journal)]]}}</nowiki>''' at the top of [[Amon Hen]] would do.
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* '''Adaptations''': There is no need to make ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' a disambiguation page containing all adaptations of the book. Adaptations are usually disambiguated by having their director's name followed by the short name of the film.  
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Disambiguation is the process of resolving ambiguity — meaning the conflict that occurs when a term is closely associated with two or more different topics.

See also: Category:Disambiguation

Contents

Multiple names

Throughout J.R.R. Tolkien's world, names have been used more than once.

Disambiguation

Because of this reuse of names, it is important to disambiguate these multiple article titles. There are several ways of doing this.

Numbers

Some of the characters have numbers, especially royalty. The two Aragorns are thus named Aragorn I and Aragorn II.

Epithets

An epithet is an honorific name. Thus the legendary Beren becomes Beren Erchamion, Túrin becomes Túrin Turambar and Húrin becomes Húrin Thalion. They do not all have to be in Elvish: Turgon can be found at Turgon the Wise.

Titles

Titles differ from epithets in that they usually start with "of". Hence, Galdor of Dor-lómin and Húrin of Emyn Arnen.

Descriptions in parantheses

These descriptions in parantheses (brackets) can be patronyms (Faramir (son of Denethor II)) or descriptions (either Beregond (Steward of Gondor) or Fastred (Rider of Rohan))

Use within the text

It may look tiresome to type the following:

[[Aragorn II|Aragorn]] promised [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]] he would go with him to [[Minas Tirith (Gondor)|Minas Tirith]]

Typing the following instead would be much simpler:

[[Aragorn]] promised [[Boromir]] he would go with him to [[Minas Tirith]]

But is important that proper disambiguation happens. The purpose of Tolkien Gateway is to service the reader over the editor. Though readers can, in general, deduce which of the offered options is the one they were sent to, correct linking is one of the Standards for Featured Articles at least. For all articles that need to be disambiguated, see: Category:Disambiguation.

Disambiguation page

Disambiguation pages should be made when there are three articles with the name, or that have the name in them. In the case of two articles, the most popular of the two gets the main aritcle as a redirect, with a notification (see below) at the top. This could also be applied to disambiguation pages: if one of the three is the most popular (such as Minas Tirith), it redirects to the main article. If not, the "naked" term is redirected to a an article of the same name, with "(disambiguation)" added behind the name.

Layout

  • The first line of the template should be the same as other articles: the page name bolded, with a arbitrary sentence saying something like "Subject can refer to the following characters" or whatever is appropriate.
  • The list of disambiguated articles. The list should be split up, when necessary, between Legendarium-related links and Real-world links (see for example Minas Tirith (disambiguation) and Bill (disambiguation)).
  • At he end of the article, add {{disambig}}
  • Further categorization is not necessary.

Templates

  • If a page has two entries, use {{disambig-two}} or {{youmay}} at the top of the first page
  • In the case of three or more articles, use {{disambig-more}} at the top of the page that is redirected from the naked term - unless that is the redirect page. Note that all these templates have parameters.