Cliff in 2017

Clifford Broadway (born January 27 1969), called Cliff for short and known by nickname "Quickbeam", is a Senior Staff writer at, frequent host of their weekly webcast TORn Tuesdays, and voice-actor. He was a consultant in the production of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.[1]

Cliff was born in Melbourne, Florida, and helped found in 1999. In 2003 he helped write their first published book, The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as its follow-up More People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien in 2004. A year later he was a writer, producer, and interviewer for Ringers: Lord of the Fans, a documentary narrated by Dominic Monaghan.

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Cliff with Elijah Wood, c. 2002


In 2002, Cliff was the voice of Samwise Gamgee for the video game The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. A decade later for the fan-spoof production Todd of the Rings, he played the role of Gandalf.


  1. TORn Teusdays, webcast on November 21, 2017, "Author Chat Middle-earth Script to Screen", 54:00

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