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Submit your nominations for The Tolkien Society Awards 2016

The nomination period for the third annual Tolkien Society Awards is now open. The Awards recognise excellence in Tolkien scholarship and fandom.

The Awards also highlight our long-standing charitable objective to “seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE“. At the inaugural Tolkien Society Awards, winners included Christopher Tolkien (Outstanding Contribution Award) and John Garth (Best Article – “Tolkien and the boy who didn’t believe in fairies“), whilst at last year’s awards Fabio Leone won the award for Best Artwork for “Ulmo Appears Before Tuor” (shown above), and Neil Holford won the Best Website category for

The categories this year are:

  • Best Artwork
  • Best Article
  • Best Book
  • Best Website


  • Outstanding Contribution Award

The awards at the 2016 Springmoot cover the 2015 calendar year; there is no restriction on where books/articles/websites are published/hosted, but they should all be in English. The Best Book Award applies to both an edited book with multiple articles by different authors as well as a book by the same author(s) throughout. The Outstanding Contribution Award recognises individuals who have made important and exceptional contributions to Tolkien scholarship, Tolkien fandom, or the promotion of Tolkien and his works.

The winners will be announced during the Annual Dinner at the Springmoot and AGM on Saturday 9th April 2016 at the Middletons Hotel in York.

All nominations must be sent to the Chairman, Shaun Gunner, by Thursday 31st March.

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 also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.