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Fiction In General 2: Dueling Fandoms

I’m trying to decide which currently-popular franchise has the most devoted fanbase.  Since an overall comparison of this would be impossible, let’s do a pairwise comparison.  Which of these two has the most devoted fans?  Discuss.

Case 1: Tolkien

Master of mythology and codifier of conlanging.  Creator of Middle Earth and all of the associated Legendarium.  Illustrations of a devoted fanbase: First, the movies, all of the work that went into making them, and all of the arguments about how they could have been better.  Second, this research paper:

"The Climate of Middle-Earth", supposedly submitted to the J. Hobbitlore by Radagast the Brown.

“The Climate of Middle-Earth”, supposedly submitted to the J. Hobbitlore by Radagast the Brown.  In reality, written by a fan.

Translation into Elvish.

Translation into Elvish (Quenya?).  At least I take it to be a translation – I do not readily parse Tengwar script.  It may actually be English, transliterated into Tengwar from Roman.  If it is Quenya or one of the other Elvish languages Tolkien invented,  then it will have a lot of English loan words.

Translation into Dwarfish.

Translation into Dwarfish.  Again, this may actually be a transliteration using the Cirth runes to represent English rather than a complete translation into Khuzdul.

Case 2: Star Trek

Codifier of space opera television.  Series.  Movies.  Reboots (which were lousy).  Fan-made live-action TV showsLots and lots and lots of spin-off media.  And plays and operas and music videos done in the languages invented for the show.

Some of you may have already seen the Klingon Hamlet.  So I submit for your consideration the Klingon epic opera ‘u’: