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This article is about The Tolkien Society's academic journal. For the tree, see Mallorn.
Mallorn
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Current Editor: Henry Gee (since Mallorn 45)
Website: Mallorn - The Journal of the Tolkien Society
Publication Information
Publisher: The Tolkien Society
Released: October 1970 - present
Frequency: bi-annually
Format: A4 stapled paperback
Pages: up to 64
ISSN: 0308-6674
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Mallorn is a literary and academic journal published by The Tolkien Society and edited by the author of The Science of Middle-earth, Henry Gee.

Mallorn was traditionally published annually, but a recent change of format has meant Mallorn is now published bi-annually in the spring and autumn (usually posted to Tolkien Society members with the September and March editions of Amon Hen (journal)).

Contents

History

Mallorn was founded in October 1970 as the successor to Vera Chapman's Belladonna's Broadsheet to be the magazine of The Tolkien Society. However, due to the difficulty in producing Mallorn regularly, its functions as a bulletin to Society members were moved to the new publication of Amon Hen (the first issue was known as Henneth Annûn); this enabled Mallorn to fashion itself into the more scholarly publication that exists today.[1]

Content

[Mallorn] considers reviews, comment, scholarly articles, original poetry, artwork and original fiction (excluding fan fiction). Unsolicited material is welcome
Mallorn, no. 46, Autumn 2008, p. 3

Although the description of potential articles has little changed over the years, Mallorn's focus has traditionally been on scholarly articles. There has been recent criticism from Society members that both poetry[2] and academic articles are being "ostracised" under the new editor.[3] Gee does not refute this by saying that he is reluctant to publish poetry because he does not see himself as a competent judge, therefore the publishing of poetry is "extremely unlikely",[4] however, he has since "relented" and publishes poetry based on whether he likes it or not.[5]

Due to publishing limitations, Gee also recommends that scholarly articles should be "shorter and more accessible" (unless they are "truly stellar pieces of scholarship") in order to fit in more articles which appeal to a broader range of membership.[3] In his third issue as editor, Gee re-iterated that articles should be shorter (maximum of 4,000 words for a commentary piece; 1,000 words for a review), and that he would not be publishing serialisations.[5] Gee's rationale is:

The publication landscape has been changed by the very welcome appearance of Tolkien Studies. This has set a new and generally high standard for Tolkien scholarship, challenging Mallorn to raise its game. However, Tolkien Studies means that Mallorn doesn't have to take the entire world of Tolkien scholarship on its shoulders, and can discover for itself a new freedom to broaden its scope, and become a more entertaining and accessible publication of which Society members can be justifiably proud.
—Henry Gee in Amon Hen, no. 211, May 2008, pp. 28-9

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References

  1. Christopher Kreuzer, "Double Century: Amon Hen - An Updated History" in Amon Hen, no. 200, July 2006, pp. 29-36
  2. Letters in Amon Hen, no. 210, March 2008, p. 31
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Letters" in Amon Hen, no. 213, September 2008, p. 20
  4. Letters in Amon Hen, no. 211, May 2008, pp. 28-9
  5. 5.0 5.1 Henry Gee, "The ode goes ever on" in Mallorn, no. 47, Spring 2009, pp. 4-5