HarperCollins Publishers in London hold world publishing rights to Tolkien’s works and are the main publisher in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth. They have an online bookshop devoted to works by, and related to, J.R.R. Tolkien:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston, USA, began publishing Tolkien in 1938 with The Hobbit. A brief timeline of their publishing history can be found on their website:
Christian Bourgois editeur has been publishing Tolkien in France since 1972. Translations of published texts in French on this website are used by agreement with Christian Bourgois editeur.
Ediciones Minotauro has been publishing Tolkien’s works in Spain since 1977. Translations of published texts in Spanish on this website are used by agreement with Ediciones Minotauro. A full catalogue can be found on their website:
Walking Tree Publishers is a Swiss non-profit-making publisher whose Cormarë series is devoted to works of criticism on Tolkien:
The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, holds a major collection of J.R.R. Tolkien’s manuscripts and artwork. These are only available to scholarly researchers. Fans can purchase authorized products from their online shop:
Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin holds an important collection of literary manuscripts including the original manuscripts for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Farmer Giles of Ham and Mr. Bliss.
The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Illinois holds a significant collection of letters from Tolkien:
Brotherton Library, University of Leeds holds the Tolkien-Gordon collection which includes letters, poems and songs by Tolkien:
University of Reading’s Special Collections holds the archive of George Allen & Unwin but researchers should note that this does not contain any original letters from Tolkien:
Tolkien Studies: an annual scholarly review
An annual, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal devoted solely to the study of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by West Virginia University Press, from 2004 onwards.
Journal of Tolkien Research
An open-access, peer-reviewed e-journal, supported by Valparaiso University, from 2014 onwards.
The journal of the Tolkien Society containing scholarly articles (which are peer-reviewed), shorter research pieces, reviews, letters and artwork. Published from 1970 onwards.
L’Arc et le Heaume
A French journal produced by Tolkiendil, a non-profit-making organization which promotes Tolkien’s work. Published irregularly from 2005 onwards.
A scholarly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of mythopoeic literature, focussing on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, and the genres of myth and fantasy. Published by the Mythopoeic Society from 1969 onwards. Since 2006 it has been published twice a year.
VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center
An annual, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal that provides an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the lives and works or the seven ‘Wade’ authors (J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers and George MacDonald). Published from 1980 onwards.
Journal of Inklings Studies
An academic, peer-reviewed journal on the Oxford literary circle known as the Inklings (J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield and their circle). Founded in 2005 by the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society, issues appear bi-annually. It is supported by Edinburgh University Press.
Tolkien Linguistic Journals
The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship is an international organization devoted to the scholarly study of Tolkien’s invented languages. It is a special interest group of the Mythopoeic Society, and produces the following journals:
- Parma Eldalamberon, an irregularly published journal, edited by Christopher Gilson and Arden Smith, published from 1971 onwards;
- Vinyar Tengwar, a not-for-profit, refereed journal edited by Carl Hostetter, published from 1988 onwards;
- Tengwestië, the online journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, edited by Carl Hostetter and Patrick Wynne, published from 2003 onwards.
Quettar, the bulletin of the Linguistic Fellowship of the Tolkien Society for devotees of Tolkien’s invented languages. It was published three or four times a year from 1980 to 1995.
‘Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth’, Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, 1 Jun-28 Oct 2018, a major retrospective held in Oxford. A version of this exhibition was shown at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, 25 Jan-12 May 2019.
‘Tolkien: Voyage en Terre du Milieu’, François-Mitterrand, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, 22 Oct 2019-16 Feb 2020. A major exhibition and the first to be held at the national library of France on a British author.
‘J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript’, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, 19 Aug-12 Dec 2022. Forthcoming exhibition highlighting the manuscript collection at Marquette.
‘Aubusson weaves Tolkien’, Cité internationale de la tapisserie, Aubusson, France. Using a blend of ancient techniques and modern technology, the craftsmen and women at Aubusson are creating tapestries and carpets that faithfully reproduce Tolkien’s artwork on a large scale.