RELEVANT PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS
- Tolkien Studies, journal available from PROJECT MUSE
- Journal of Tolkien Research, open access journal
- Mythlore, peer-reviewed journal starting in Winter 1999 (issue #85). Available by subscription. Searchable index of articles found here.
- Journal of Inklings Studies, peer-reviewed journal. Same focus as VII (below), looking at the theology, philosophy, and literature of Lewis, Barfield, Williams, and Tolkien, plus related writers.
- Hither Shore: Interdisciplinary Journal on Modern Fantasy Literature. Peer-reviewed journal in German.
- Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern, peer-reviewed journal (European)
- Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, peer-reviewed journal available from JSTOR
- Extrapolation, a peer-reviewed journal that does mostly science fiction but also genre fantasy
Relevant Non-refereed Journals
- Inklings: Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik, a journal from a dual English-German language conference.
- VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, journal. Focuses on the “seven” Inkling and Inkling-related writers. Same focus as JIS (above). Search index of articles found here.
- Mallorn, a journal from the Tolkien Society.
TOLKIEN SOCIETIES & PUBLICATIONS
- The Tolkien Society (England), publisher of the journal Mallorn and the bulletin Amon Hen
- The German Tolkien Society, publisher of Hither Shore, a Tolkien journal in German
- The American Tolkien Society, publisher of the Minas Tirith Evening-Star
- Tolkien Special Interest Group of American Mensa, publisher of Beyond Bree (newsletter)
- The Mythopoeic Society, publisher of Mythlore
- The Tolkien Society of Sweden, publisher of Arda and Arda Philology
- Unquendor, the Dutch Tolkien Society, publisher of Lembas-extra
- A list of active and defunct Tolkien Fanzines
- Tolkien Journal, defunct. Ran from 1965-1972; eventually merged with Mythlore. Although not MLA-indexed or peer reviewed, it’s still occasionally cited in the scholarship. Back issues available from the Mythopoeic Society.
- The Tolkien Estate
- Mythlore Index Plus, a full and searchable listing of article titles and abstracts published by Mythlore.
- Tolkien Transactions by Troels Forchhammer, an immensely useful review journal of on-line Tolkien content. Supplemented by his Sources and Periodicals
- Tolkien Database, an impressive Tolkien-related annotated bibliography hosted by Wheaton College
- Tolkienbooks.net, an illustrated bibliography. Lists all editions of Tolkien’s works, though focuses on British editions. Great resource for those interest in book history.
- Mythgard Institute offers courses and podcasts on Tolkien, fantasy literature, and related fields.
- Tolkien Criticism 1982-2000, compiled by Drout and Wynne
- Tolkien Gateway, comprehensive on-line wiki
- Encyclopedia of Arda, on-line wiki
- LOTR Project, interactive maps, timelines, and statistics
- Fancyclopedia, list of Tolkien fanzines
- Diary on the JRR Tolkien Encyclopedia, website by N.E. Brigand that comments on Drout’s Tolkien Encyclopedia.
SCHOLARLY TOLKIEN BLOGS
- John D. Rateliff: Sacnoth’s Scriptorium. Frequently updated.
- David Bratman: Kalimac’s Corner. Frequently updated.
- Dimitra Fimi: Academic Blog
- Jason Fisher: Lingwë – Musings of a Fish
- Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull: Too Many Books and Never Enough Time
- Michael D. C. Drout: Wormtalk and Slugspeak
- Douglas A. Anderson: Tolkien and Fantasy
- John Garth, Website and Blog
- Troels Forchhammer, Parma-kenta
- Anna Smol, A Single Leaf
- Edmund Weiner, Philoloblog. Interest in philology.
- Jonathan S. McIntosh, The Flame Imperishable. Theological interests.
- Robin Anne Reid, Blog. Large focus on fandom.
PRIMARY REPOSITORIES WITH TOLKIEN MATERIALS
- Marquette University, Special Collections, Wisconsin
- Bodleian Library, Oxford, England
- Brotherton Library, Special Collections, University of Leeds, England
Hi, my name is Henry, and I’m trying to write an informative speech about Tolkien. My three main points are “he redefined the fantasy genre, gave it mainstream appeal, and has remained relevant to this day,” and I’m really struggling to find some current sources (2012-present) that talk about those. I checked out most of the sources you’ve listed here, but a lot of them were pretty in depth discussions on various facets of Tolkien and his works, rather then big picture stuff. I was wondering if you know of any great sources that are current, and look more at the broad picture. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Hello Henry. Off the top of my head, you may want to check out Jamie Williamson’s The Evolution of Modern Fantasy (2016), which has some good commentary on the influence and place of Tolkien. It’s a book, so you might have to order it from your school library. I also wrote a review of it, which may be found here: