Lisa Star: 'What's an Elfcon you may ask? It's a Con(vention) of E(lvish) L(inguistic) F(ellows) who were at one time invited to participate in a group project to analyse and publish grammars, dictionaries, paleographical studies and the like of Tolkien's invented languages and alphabets. Participants were invited to provide their research in exchange for copies of the researches of others (and pay for the privilege). However, most of the people who participated never received copies of the publications, and the "cabal" that ran it became very secretive and accusatory. Current Elfcon members are Chris Gilson, Carl Hostetter, Arden Smith, Bill Welden and Pat Wynne (which is why they are referred to as Elfconners, a name coined by Pat Wynne).'