Tolkien and Diversity

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Tolkien and Diversity
EditorWill Sherwood
PublisherLuna Press Publishing
Released16 May 2023
SeriesPeter Roe Memorial Fund
Preceded byTwenty-first Century Receptions of Tolkien
Followed byTranslating and Illustrating Tolkien

Tolkien and Diversity is a collection of the proceedings of the 2021 Tolkien Society summer seminar. The book was published in 2023 as the twenty-second volume in the Peter Roe Memorial Fund series.


  • Introduction by Will Sherwood
  • "Desire of the ring: an Indian academic’s adventures in her quest for the perilous realm" by Sonali Arvind Chunodkar
  • "Translation as a means of representation and diversity in Tolkien’s scholarship and fandom" by Martha Celis-Mendoza
  • (Original Spanish) "La traducción como medio de representación y diversidad en los estudios sobre Tolkien entre la academia y los fans" by Martha Celis-Mendoza
  • "How Queer Atheists, Agnostics, and Animists Engage with Tolkien’s Legendarium" by Robin Anne Reid
  • "Stars Less Strange: An Analysis of Fanfiction and Representation within the Tolkien Fan Community" by Dawn Walls-Thumma
  • "Hidden Visions: Iconographies of Alterity in Soviet Bloc Illustrations for The Lord of the Rings" by Joel Merriner
  • " 'Something Mighty Queer': Destabilizing Cishetero Amatonormativity in the Works of Tolkien" by Danna Petersen-Deeprose
  • "The Invisible Other: Tolkien’s Dwarf-Women and the ‘Feminine Lack’ " by Sara Brown
  • "The Lossoth: Indigeneity, Representation, and Antiracism" by Nicholas Birns
  • " 'The Burnt Hand Teaches Most About Fire': Applying Trauma Exposure and Ecological Frameworks to Narratives of Displacement and Resettlement Across Elven Cultures in Tolkien’s Middle-earth" by V. Elizabeth King
  • "The Problem of Pain: Portraying Physical Disability in the Fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien" by Clare Moore

From the Publisher

Welcoming over 700 delegates across the two-day event, the 2021 Tolkien Society summer seminar was the highest attended event in the Society's history. It invited scholars to consider the role that diversity plays in Middle-earth's linguistic and literary make-up: how does he explore race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, religion and faith, and age? How do different fandoms receive his works? How can varying perspectives enrich our understanding of Arda? Tolkien and Diversity was the second of three seminars that the Tolkien Society hosted online in 2021, reaching over 1600 global delegates.

Published under the auspices of the Society's Peter Roe Memorial Fund, this proceedings features a collection of papers delivered at the Tolkien Society 2021 summer seminar.

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