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Can't upload my artwork all of a suddenEdit

Hi, Mith,

After a long time of not creating art, I'm illustrating Tolkien again. I've managed to upload a few new images to my images page, but a day or two ago I wanted to upload additional art, but I got error messages.

They each pretty much say the same thing (but for different files, since I tried several). An example of one error message is:

Could not open lock file for "mwstore://local-backend/local-public/7/7f/Then_Maedros_Alone_Stood_Aside_-_final_final_-_smaller_file.png". Make sure your upload directory is configured correctly and your web server has permission to write to that directory.

Then there is a link to for troubleshooting. But I'm not very savvy about wikis, so I don't know what to do.

I was uploading just a few days ago. Can you please help me figure out how to unlock my uploading permission?

Thank you very much.


Paula DiSante


June 26, 2023 Pdisante (talk) 18:59, 26 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Paula! Ah, I think I see the culprit; we made some upgrades to the wiki yesterday. Go ahead and try again :) Hyarion (talk) 19:39, 26 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh, thank you so much! I really appreciate it.
How long will it take for my new uploads to appear on my "Images by" page? Is that just a matter of you guys approving the uploads, or does it just naturally take a day or two for them to appear?
Thanks again!
Paula DiSante Pdisante (talk) 03:27, 27 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh, "Images by..." is just a category, so you would just need to add [[Category:Images by NAME]] to the bottom of the image summary, and then the image will immediately appear in that category. Hyarion (talk) 03:41, 27 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh, thank you, Hyarion! Can you tell it has been a LONG time since I've done updating to my page? LOL!
Thanks again!
Paula Pdisante (talk) 05:36, 27 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hope all is going well over there Mith! Do you have a picture of yourself we can use for your article? Hyarion (talk) 18:40, 4 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No. The lack of photo is a deliberate decision. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 15:29, 5 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi, Farewell and Good LuckEdit

Hi, it's probably the last time I'll be here. I just popped in (now that LorenzoCB's block of me for 3 months expired...) to check out the site and say a few things: When I first came to this site I was searching for a better Tolkien site than One Wiki and others, to escape the toxicity of Fandom. And I liked what I found: a site with well-written articles, sources. And it was nice to contribute whenever I could - I just like writing and talking about the Middle-earth legendarium, my favourite works. But then the experince was soured with disagreements with other editors - I was not always right, that's for sure. But I just began feeling that my contributions are useless, I began editing less and I still got into disagreements, resulting in probable animosity from some users. Even after my (unwarned) blocking I gave thought to coming back, but yeah, I have the feeling of futility and lack of welcome. Not the site's fault though. The fact I don't get along with all users doesn't mean it's not better than wikis. But since I don't feel ok here and Quora's mostly shabbles, I'll try start my YouTube channel (have difficulty with animatioms though) - maybe I'll see you there with any suggestions for shorts: The Great Wanderer it's called. Keep up the site, though. And sorry for the long message, you probably have better things to do.

Oh, and one last thing: LorenzoCB cited me "imposing" Sauron's mastery over Saruman throughout the wiki as a reason for my ban. These are some Tolkien quotes about their rapport:

"It was only Sauron who used a Stone for the transference of his superior will, dominating the weaker surveyor and forcing him to reveal hidden thought and to submit to commands." - Unfinished Tales, Part 4, Ch 3, The Palantíri: Notes, Note 5

"Saruman fell under the domination of Sauron and desired his victory, or no longer opposed it." - Unfinished Tales, Part 4, Ch 3, The Palantíri

"Though... the Council may have begun to doubt Saruman's designs as regarded the Ring, not even Gandalf knew he had become the ally, or servant of Sauron." - Unfinished Tales, Part 4, Ch 3, The Palantíri

"Your servants are destroyed and scattered; your neighbours you have made your enemies; and you have cheated your new master, or tried to do so." The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 10, The Voice of Saruman

"Yes...' he said, now in a clear voice, 'we will have peace, when you and all your works have perished — and the works of your dark master to whom you would deliver us [...] You hold out your hand to me, and I perceive only a finger of the claw of Mordor [...]" - The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 10, The Voice of Saruman

Sauron was Saruman's master. And Saruman was Sauron's duplicitous vassal, eager to usurp his lord's place as ruler of Middle-earth. I never said Saruman was a faithful servant, but he was one of his agents, nonetheless. He still did the Dark Lord's bidding, even if he plotted a second betrayal. It's not my interpretation, Tolkien wrote the word "master" for Sauron in relation to Saruman. I'm not doing this to convince someone like LorenzoCB - I just want to show why I wrote what I wrote on articles. If other people's "interpretations" differ, I can't change them - I've certainly learned that here and on Fandom. Again sorry for the long message. Have a nice time and if you ever have Tolkien video suggestion, you and anybody here is most welcome!--LordoftheEarth (talk) 18:49, 13 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi LordoftheEarth, I'm sorry to hear you felt unwelcome on TG; that certainly wasn't our intention. I think what might have caused the friction is not the content that was being changed, but the continual changing of things that were not in alignment with the style guidelines or consensus on talk pages. We love your enthusiasm, but sometimes it's best to discuss a change on the talk page, and if the consensus is not in favor of the change, we must agree to disagree and move on to other topics. It's not uncommon for contributors to be very passionate about a specific subject and want to see the article written how they imagine it, but we have to remember the articles are a culmination of thousands of editors working together. Best of luck with your YouTube channel, you now have double the subscribers! :) --Hyarion (talk) 03:16, 14 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Alan Lee ContactEdit


I'll try to keep this a brief as possible. I received a box set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as a child from my father. On the box itself was an illustration I now know is "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields" created by Alan Lee. I have been a fan of his work since receiving that gift.

Long story short, I am trying to buy a product that I would use this illustration on. Due to copyright, I of course cannot get companies to touch or work with the illustration. In order to, I have been trying to find a way to contact Mr. Lee and ask for his permission. Of course, this item would be for personal use, and I have no intention to profit off of his work. Problem being, I cannot find any way to contact him, or if he would be even remotely open to giving me permission. This is the closest link I can find to contacting Mr. Lee, as on the wiki it seems you personally reached out to him for permission to post his work on this wiki. I have considered reaching out to John Howe as they worked on the movies together, but thought against it as I believe it may be a bit disrespectful.

Any advice or a point in the right direction would be amazing.

And thank you for taking the time to read this.

Mikel Adams Adamsmik (talk) 17:55, 8 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]