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This article is about the Tolkien Society's academic journal. For the the tree, see Mallorn.
Current Editor: Henry Gee
Latest Issue: Mallorn 46 (pictured)
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
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 (posted to Tolkien Society members with the September and March editions of Amon Hen).



"It 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, but because Mallorn's focus has traditionally been on scholarly articles there has been criticism from Society members that both poetry[1] and academic articles are being "ostracised" under the new editor, [2].

Gee does not refute this, however, by saying that he is reluctant to publish poetry because he does not see himself as a competent judge, and therefore the publishing of poetry is "extremely unlikely".[3] Furthermore, due to publishing limitations scholarly articles should be "shorter and more accessible" (unless they are "truly stellar pieces of scholarship") in order to fit more articles into each edition so there is something which appeals to everyone.[2] On this issue, Henry Gee states:

"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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  1. Amon Hen, no. 210, March 2008, p. 31
  2. 2.0 2.1 Amon Hen, no. 213, September 2008, p. 20
  3. Amon Hen, no. 211, May 2008, pp. 28-9