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Tolkien Society has over 2,000 members for first time ever
Tolkien Society members at one of our events
Tolkien Society members at one of our events

The Tolkien Society’s membership has grown by 17% in the last year, as more and more people join the Society to support its mission and activities.

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.

With over 2,000 members and around triple the number when I first became the chair, I am proud of the Society for continuing to reach new audiences. We have members in 54 countries and are seeing particular growth in Eastern Europe and Latin America, showing how Tolkien’s appeal continues to grow. I look forward to seeing the Society pass 3,000 members!” – Shaun Gunner, Chair

At the 31st May 2020, the Tolkien Society had 2,071 members, rising to 2,118 when including other organisations. This represents a 17% increase in a year, as well as triple the low point of 666 members on 1st April 2014. This comes at a time of global uncertainty when many other comparable organisations are struggling.

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. 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.