René van Rossenberg

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René van Rossenberg (b. 1961) a Dutch author and collector. He runs the Tolkien Winkel and its Museum, and is an active member of Unquendor (he was chairman from 1986 to 1996).


R.J. (René) van Rossenberg holds a MA in History from Leiden University in the Netherlands. He first read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (De Hobbit in Dutch) in 1973 at age 12. He became an avid Tolkien collector as well as a board member and ten year chairman of the Netherlands Tolkien Society Unquendor. From this society's bookstore he developed his own full time business: the Tolkienwinkel. He also lecture(s)(d) at Leiden University and review(s)(ed) books translated into Dutch to supplement his income. To date he still lives in Leiden. At one point he bought Joy Hill's (Tolkien's private secretary), library of books at auction. He was working on his PhD through the early 2000s but is unclear whether he completed this.[1] He has supplemented Dutch translations of Tolkien books with his reflections on occasion.[2]

René van Rossenberg is occasionally interviewed by the Dutch press on matters pertaining to JRR Tolkien.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]



Tolkien's 1958 visit to Rotterdam

Van Rossenberg also uncovered the audio recordings of the "Hobbit Dinner" in Rotterdam, Netherlands where Tolkien participated. He published an article on this: “Tolkien’s Exceptional Visit to Holland: A Reconstruction” in the Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference.



Editorial work

  • Lembas-extra 1990
  • Lembas-extra 1998
  • Lembas-extra 2002