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Tolkien Society membership reaches new heights
Tolkien Society members at one of our events
Tolkien Society members at one of our events

The Tolkien Society’s membership has grown in the last year to a new record of having more members now than at any other time in the Society’s history.

The Tolkien Society was founded in 1969 and received the support of J.R.R. Tolkien himself when he became the Society’s president in 1972; he remains the Society’s president to this day. The Society’s mission is the promote and educate the public in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the increasing membership is a demonstration of the support for that mission.

The Tolkien Society is a thriving organisation. Hundreds of people have joined the Society, because they believe in us and they believe in the power of Tolkien’s works; they support our work in promoting our favourite author throughout the world. Whether that be through our events, publications or memorials, people want to ensure that Tolkien’s legacy as one of the greatest authors in human history is shared with as many people as possible.” – Shaun Gunner, Chair

As of the 28th January 2018, the Tolkien Society has 1,420 individual members, rising to 1,453 when including other special organisations. This represents a 10% increase in the last year, as well as a doubling of membership since a low of 666 members on 1st April 2014. This comes at a time when some other membership organisations are struggling, and there are no films being released (which had previously contributed to rises in membership).

Benefits of membership of the Tolkien Society include access to our annual journal Mallorn and our bi-monthly magazine Amon Hen, discount at our events, the opportunity to meet fellow fans and supporters of Tolkien’s works, and of course the knowledge that you are helping to promote Tolkien throughout the world.

It takes just five minutes to join the Society, which you can do through our website.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the 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.