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Now available for £10: Celebrating 50 years of The Lord of the Rings

Published by The Tolkien Society, and with nearly 100 articles from leading Tolkien scholars around the world, the Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005 conference contain a wealth of information and academic research that would make the perfect gift (for yourself or someone else!). Buy your copy today for the discount price of just £10!

In 2005 the Society held its “Tolkien 2005: The Ring Goes Ever On” conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings. With over 700 attendees and guests including scholars Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger and John Garth, as well as artists Ted Nasmith and Alan Lee, to this day it constitutes one of the largest events dedicated to Tolkien ever held.

Taking place over five days, dozens of scholars came together to present their research to the assembled guests. In honour of the 50th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings, and edited by Sarah Wells, the Society published the papers delivered in the conference as The Ring Goes Ever On: Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005 Conference at 835 pages over 2 volumes. The book can be enjoyed by anyone interested in Tolkien – regardless of whether they came to the conference – and it’s available for just £10.

A full list of articles can be found at Tolkien Gateway, but notable articles include:

  • Why Is Tolkien So Popular?” by Nils Ivar Agøy
  • Tolkien’s Books and Peter Jackson’s Films” by Martin Barker
  • Tolkien, the author and the critic” by Vincent Ferré
  • Material Culture and Materiality in Middle-earth: Tolkien and Archaeology” by Dimitra Fimi
  • ‘As under a green sea’: visions of war in the Dead Marshes” by John Garth
  • The Pagan Tolkien” by Ronald Hutton
  • A Little Earth of His Own: Tolkien’s Lunar Creation Myths” by Kristine Larsen
  • Frodo’s Temptation, Frodo’s Failure” by Douglas Charles Rapier
  • A Fund of Wise Sayings: Proverbiality in Tolkien” by Tom Shippey
  • Male Friendship in The Lord of the Rings: Medievalism, the First World War, and Contemporary Rewritings” by Anna Smol
  • Influences of the Kalevala in The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien” by Sash Uusjärv
  • The War Within: Frodo as Sacrificial Hero” by Constance G.J. Wagner
  • Eyeing Sauron: Tolkien in the language of film” by Gwydion M. Williams
  • William Morris’s influence on J.R.R.Tolkien” by Jessica Yates

If you would like to read the single largest collection of articles dedicated to Tolkien, buy your copy of the Proceedings now.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner

Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.


  • Professor Lawrence V. Krikoria

    I have received my two-volume copy here in Southern California, USA. I am very pleased. And even with the shipping cost, the price paid to the Tolkien Society was considerably lower than the two original sets I have lost on ebay, each of which sold for over $300.00 American. Thank you for helping me in a quest to build a Mallorn collection at the Los Angeles Public Library, where I am told photocopies of back issue Mallorn articles are the most often-requested photocopies of any of the LA Library’s periodicals–indeed the only collection west of Marquette University, in Milwuakee, Wisconsin.

  • Sigrid Stallard

    I ordered mine on the 20th of November and I still haven’t received it. I live in England.