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Inaugural Tolkien Society Award winners announced

The winners of the inaugural Tolkien Society Awards were announced at the Tolkien Society’s Annual Dinner in Hay-on-Wye on Saturday 11th April 2014.The winners were as follows:

Tolkien Society members with John Garth at the 2014 Annual Dinner
Tolkien Society members with John Garth at the 2014 Annual Dinner

Best Article

John Garth, “Tolkien and the boy who didn’t believe in fairies
Best Artwork
Jenny Dolfen, “Eärendil the Mariner
Best Book
Paul Simpson and Brian Robb, Middle-Earth Envisioned
Best Novel
J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Fall of Arthur
Best Website
Emil Johansson, LOTR Project
Outstanding Contribution Award
Christopher Tolkien

Commenting on her award, artist Jenny Dolfen said, “I was delighted to hear that my watercolour piece ‘Eärendil’ had been voted Best Tolkien Artwork of 2013 by the wonderful people of the Tolkien Society. To see that people who are so deeply into Tolkien’s works, ideas and philosophies see the same sort of connection in one of my paintings is wonderful, and the greatest support that any artist can wish for – thank you!

Best Website winner Emil Johansson said, “It was a huge honor to receive the TS award and I was very humbled by the recognition. Knowing that people enjoy what I do is what keeps me going.

Shaun Gunner, Tolkien Society Chairman, said: “A hearty congratulations to all the winners of our first ever awards: they’re all thoroughly deserved. What has been really encouraging is that people from across the world – both Society members and non-members – have taken part in nominating people for the awards. I hope this is the start in a long tradition of annual awards by the Society in recognition of excellence in Tolkien studies and Tolkien fandom.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He chaired another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.