Fine. I’m cheating a little. Obviously, there are words here. But, they’re really just a preamble to something so awesomesauce that you will absolutely look the other way at my flagrant disregard for wordlessness. And, Wednesdays.
When sj first started talking to me about the Silmarillion (which I’ve never read), I had a very hard time keeping everybody straight. Tolkien characters have names that rhyme, for one. For two, they often have multiple names. So, I actually started trying to chart it all out. Then, David started talking about a lot of LotR back-history, and I had to futz around with the charts more. Then, I was literally cutting and pasting paper together?
But, guess what? GUESS WHAT!?
Somebody already made a kick-ass genealogy chart! And, you can see it here at the Lord of the Rings Project website. It has multiple views. You can look at everyone, or just dwarves, or just hobbits or men. I cannot even begin to imagine how long this took.
So, how cool is that, huh? No, really. I need you to quantify the coolness, so I don’t feel bad that this isn’t billable.