Tolkien Gateway's official chat or IRC (Internet Relay Chat) was an old plataform where any editor, user, or members of the public could chat with other like-minded folk about Tolkien Gateway, J.R.R. Tolkien, or anything they wish. The purpose of the IRC was to enable editors to discuss Tolkien Gateway as well as meet fellow Tolkien enthusiasts. As the active users of the wiki decreased, the chat became eventually obsolete and its platform was never updated.
Currently there is no official chat, but relaunching it in a Discord Server is being tested.
Sign-ups were not required nor do users need to install anything as they can access the chat via Mibbit or read instructions below.
- IRC: irc://irc.tolkiengateway.net
- Port: 6667
The easiest way to connect to our IRC was via the online client Mibbit. Mibbit required no installation and works on all major Internet browsers, mobiles phones, and even on the Wii's Internet Browser. Simply clicking the link and entering a desired username took you to straight to the channel. Join Tolkien Gateway's IRC via Mibbit now.
For those who use the Mozilla Firefox browser, a popular choice was the ChatZilla extension which could be used as either a tab in Firefox, or an extra window. It provided greater functionality than Mibbit and, once installed, was easily accessed via Firefox and could be configured to automatically join irc://irc.tolkiengateway.net on opening.
- Recommended by: Mith
X-Chat was an open source IRC client for Linux, Windows and Mac based operating systems. X-Chat could be scripted with plug-ins in a number of programming languages: Perl, Python, Tcl, and Ruby, which were available as external plugins and contain a binary module interface, usually for the C programming language.
On Linux, X-Chat was available through the package managers of most distributions. On Debian-based systems, such as Ubuntu, simply type sudo apt-get install xchat in a terminal.
On Windows, the official xchat programme was shareware and required a fee of $20(USD) after its trial period of 30 days. However, there were a number of unofficial builds of xchat which were free for anyone to download. Click here for a full list of these unofficial builds. The most popular of these builds was SilvereX's build.
 List of Channels
N.B. Channels did not have to be "officially" created: if there was no one in a channel it ceased to exist, whilst joining a channel which had no-one already in it created it. The lists below reflect the "officially" recognised and used channels, but at any point others could exist as IRC users saw fit.
- #TolkienGateway - Lobby for the network and official channel of the wiki
- #Wiki - The channel where Tolkien Gateway:Meetings were held
- #AP - Official channel for ArdaPost.com.
- #Civ4 - for discussion on Civilization IV
- #EoI - Official channel for ElvesofImladris.com
- #GeneralTrivia - General trivia channel
- #HangHobbit - Tolkien hangman game
- #Imladris - Official channel for Imladris.dk
- #IRPG - Idle RPG game
- #Kontu - Official channel for Kontu.info (Finnish channel)
- #Lore - Advanced discussions of Tolkien's legendarium
- #LotRMMORPG - Official channel for LotRMMORPG.com
- #LotroSource - Official channel for LotroSource.com
- #MinasTirith - Unofficial channel for MinasTirith.com
- #Rosie - Rosie's personal channel
- #SA - Official channel for SA-Guild.com
- #SSF - Official channel for SideshowCollectors.com
- #TolkienAudio - Tolkien audio/music streams
- #Trivia - Tolkien trivia channel
- #tshgame - Official channel for tshgame.com
- #Westeros - A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin
- #WotR - Official channel for WaroftheRing.net
 See also
- Tolkien Gateway:Meetings, which were held in the
#wikichannel of the chat.