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What is Tolkien and the World? How can you help?

Tolkien and the World is The Tolkien Society’s project to deliver Tolkien books to schools and libraries in developing countries. We believe that everyone in the world should have access to Tolkien – donate now to help make that a reality.

Tolkien and the World bookplate with artwork by Jef Murray

What is Tolkien and the World?

Tolkien and the World is our project to send copies of Tolkien’s principal works to schools and libraries in developing countries.

Why do we do this?

The Tolkien Society believe that Tolkien is the greatest author that humanity has produced: his works are vibrant, engaging, deep and colourful. We want to give everyone the opportunity to experience and enjoy Tolkien’s work, and our Constitution mandates us to “at suitable times to sponsor and support special projects relating to the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien”.

In Europe, North America, Australasia, and Japan the works of J.R.R. Tolkien are widely available. The books are available from most – if not all – major bookshops either in English and/or translated into the local language. In most of these countries the prices are within reach of a large proportion of the population. However in much of Africa, Asia, South America and the Pacific books can be very expensive for ordinary people, schools and libraries. Funds for public libraries are limited and will often be focused on more “useful” books or books by local authors.

How you can help

Quite simply, we need your help. We need as much money as possible to deliver on our current pipeline of projects. To donate, visit our Donate page.

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.