MPTT History

Many Paths to Tread was founded on July 27, 2009.

Retired Moderators and Mods on Hiatus

MPTT owes a huge debt of gratitude to several moderators who helped build and run the site but are currently unable to remain active. Their biographies from the front page of the site are below.

Pearl Took
Hi, I'm Pearl Took and I'm one of your Mods here at Many Paths to Tread. I have been a fan of LOTR since I was twelve years old back in 1966. I started writing fanfiction in 2002 and posted my first story in 2003. Since then I've written over 100 stories. Recently I have only been writing challenge stories for the LOTR Community Challenges.

I'm Celeritas! I started writing Tolkien fan fiction in 2004, but didn't join the fandom online for another four years. I primarily work with hobbits, in order to explore daily life in the Shire; and the Fourth Age, in order to explore the relationship between the present and an increasingly legendary past. It's a real privilege involving myself further in the fandom this way. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Hi, I'm Ysilme, most recent mod to this archive. Some of you might remember me as Winterwitch. I love Tolkien's works since my childhood and have been writing stories since I was a teen, but became part of the online fandom only in 2013. My fannish playground is rather Elven-centric and I love exploring their lore and culture through the ages. Mainly a fanfic writer, I also sometimes make banners and occasionally podfic and, together with Dreamflower, co-mod the project Read Lord of the Rings Aloud on LJ. In my previous fandom, I gained experience as a mod in various functions. I'm honoured to have been asked to join this team and am happy to help you with any kind of question or problem. Please don't hesitate to contact me!

Rhapsody the Bard
Rhapsody the Bard was also one of our websmiths and co-moderators for several years, and we will miss her and wish her well in her future endeavors.