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Michael Martinez wrote weekly essays about J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth for Suite101 from August 1999 through February 2003. He also worked under contract for Toy Vault's Middle-earth Action Figures and other projects. From 1998 to 1999, Michael gave advice and research assistance to artists working on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies.

Background Information

Michael Martinez first achieved recognition in the field of Internet-based Tolkien research by publishing Parma Endorion: Essays on Middle-earth on the Web in late 1996. Teachers, librarians, and research students around the world began seeking permission to redistribute Martinez' work or use it in their academic projects.

A major presence in the online Tolkien community, Martinez founded one of the first Web-based Tolkien forums, then called the White Council, in 1997. He also founded the first dedicated Lord of the Rings movie news site in February 1998 and, among other events, broke the news that Peter Jackson's movies had been picked up by New Line Cinema two days before all the news media and major Web sites.

As the founding director of Dragon*Con's Tolkiien and Middle-earth fan track, Martinez launched the largest Tolkien-related convention programming in North America in 2000. News media around the world have interviewed or quoted Martinez for stories concerning the Lord of the Rings movies and related topics.

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Michael Martinez Official Web site
Michael's official Web site with information about his books, articles, essays, events and appearances, and projects.

Science Fiction and Fantasy
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SF-FANDOM: Science Fiction and Fantasy Forums
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SEO Theory
Michael has been actively working in the search engine optimization field since 1998. He has been developing and writing about SEO theory since late 2006.

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