The Tolkien Society Awards

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The Tolkien Society grants every year five Awards as a way to recognise excellence in Tolkien studies, art and fandom. Winners are announced during the Annual Dinner in the Annual General Meeting of the Society.[1] If any retribution is granted, it is not indicated.

Every year, the members of the Tolkien Society can propose nominees and vote for them in four categories:

  • Best Artwork
  • Best Article
  • Best Book
  • Best Online Content

The Outstanding Contribution Award is selected by the Trustees.


Year Best Artwork Best Article Best Book Best Online Content Outstanding Contribution
2014 Jenny Dolfen, "Eärendil the Mariner" John Garth, "Tolkien and the boy who didn’t believe in fairies Book: Paul Simpson and Brian Robb, Middle-earth Envisioned
Novel: Christopher Tolkien (ed.), J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur
Emil Johansson, The Lord of the Rings Project Christopher Tolkien
2015 Fabio Leone, "Ulmo appears before Tuor" Michael Flowers, "A Hemlock by any other name…" Christopher Tolkien (ed.), J.R.R. Tolkien, Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary Neil Holford, Tom Shippey
2016 Tomás Hijo, "The Prancing Pony" John Garth, "Tolkien's 'immortal four' meet for the last time" Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, The Art of The Lord of the Rings Bradford Lee Eden, The Journal of Tolkien Research Verlyn Flieger
2017 Elena Kukanova, "Maglor" Joseph Loconte, "How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front" Dimitra Fimi and Andy Higgins (eds.), J.R.R. Tolkien, A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages
John Garth
2018 Jenny Dolfen, "The Hunt" Dimitra Fimi, "Tears are the very wine of blessedness': joyful sorrow in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings" Christopher Tolkien (ed.), J.R.R. Tolkien, Beren and Lúthien Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, Too Many Books and Never Enough Priscilla Tolkien
2019 Ted Nasmith, "Durin's Crown and the Mirrormere" Dimitra Fimi, "Was Tolkien really racist?" Catherine McIlwaine, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth Jeremy Edmonds, Catherine McIlwaine
2020 Jenny Dolfen, "The Professor" Kristine Larsen, "Deconstructing Durin's Day: Science, Scientific Fan Fiction, and the Fan-Scholar" Oronzo Cilli, Tolkien's Library The Prancing Pony Podcast Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull
2021 Ted Nasmith, "He Beheld a Vision of Gondolin Amid the Snow" Verlyn Flieger, "Defying and Defining Darkness" Christopher Tolkien (ed.), J.R.R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales (40th anniversary edition) Tolkien Experience Podcast Dimitra Fimi
2022 Model by STEBRICK, design by Stefano Mapelli, assembled by BrickCreation, "Minas Tirith built from 110000 LEGO Bricks" Clare Moore, "A Song of Greater Power: Tolkien's Construction of Lúthien Tinúviel" Carl Hostetter (ed.), J.R.R. Tolkien, The Nature of Middle-earth The Prancing Pony Podcast Brian Sibley
2023 Serena Malyon, "The Party Tree" Sara Brown, "All that glisters is not gold" Brian Sibley (ed.), J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Númenor 🎇 Tolkien Gateway 🎆 John D. Rateliff
2024 Donato Giancola, "Frodo’s Inheritance" Sara Brown, "The Tale of ‘Aldarion and Erendis’: Not Just a Medieval Love Story" Humphrey Carpenter and Christopher Tolkien (eds.), J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: Revised and Expanded edition Nerd of the Rings Charles E. Noad


  1. "Awards", The Tolkien Society (accessed 15 December 2022)
The Tolkien Society
President: J.R.R. Tolkien · Vice-president: Priscilla Tolkien · Chair: Shaun Gunner
Topics History (Letter to Vera Chapman and the Tolkien Society) · Archives · Awards · Enyalië · Smials · Tolkien to the World · Tolkien fandom
Chairs Vera Chapman (1970) · Keith Bridges (1970-1973) · Hartley Patterson (1973-1974) · Jonathan Simons (1974-1984) · Brin Dunsire (1984-1988) · Alex Lewis (1988-1992) · Amanda Fingleson (1992-1996) · Chris Crawshaw (1996-2008) · Matthew Vernon (2008-2009) · Sally Kennett (2009-2013) · Shaun Gunner (2013-present)
Annual Events Birthday Toast (3 January) · Tolkien Reading Day (25 March) · AGM and Springmoot (April) · Seminar (July) · Oxonmoot (September)
Conferences Oxonmoot (annual, 1974-present) · J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference (1992) · Tolkien 2005: The Ring Goes Ever On (2005) · The Return of the Ring (2012) · Tolkien 2019 (2019)
Publications Journals Belladonna's Broadsheet (1969-1970) · Mallorn (1970-present) · The Tolkien Society Bulletin (1970-1971) · Andúril (1972) · Amon Hen (1972-present) · Quettar (1980-1995)
Books An Extrapolation on The Silmarillion (1975) · The Trees, the Jewels and the Rings (1977) · Tolkien in Oxford: The Tolkien Society Guide (1978) · The Tolkien Society Songbook (1985) · Tolkien and Romanticism (1988) · Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference (1995) · The Oxonmoot Songbook (1997) · The Filking Songbook (2001) · The Tolkien Society Guide to Oxford (2005) · Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005 Conference (2008) · Tolkien 2005 Souvenir Book (2009) · Proceedings of the Tolkien Society Conference 2012 (2016)
Peter Roe Books 1. Some Light on Middle-earth (1985) · 2. Leaves from the Tree (1991) · 3. The First and Second Ages (1992) · 4. Travel and Communication in Tolkien's Worlds (1996) · 5. Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees, vol. 1 (1997) · 6. Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees, vol. 2 (1998) · 7. Tolkien, the Sea and Scandinavia (1999) · 8. The Ways of Creative Mythologies (2000) · 9. Tolkien: A Mythology for England? (2000) · 10. The Best of Amon Hen, vol. 1 (2000) · 11. Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees, vol. 3 (2001) · 12. Sindarin Lexicon (2001) · 13. The Best of Amon Hen, vol. 2 (2002) · 14. Tolkien: Influenced and Influencing (2005)· 15. Freedom, Fate and Choice in Middle-earth (2012) · 16. Journeys & Destinations (2015) · 17. Death and Immortality in Middle-earth (2017) · 18. Poetry and Song in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (2018) · 19. Tolkien the Pagan? (2019) · 20. Adapting Tolkien (2021) · 21. Twenty-first Century Receptions of Tolkien (2022) · 22. Tolkien and Diversity (2023)