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New Society publication: Adapting Tolkien
Artwork: ‘Vision’ by Charlotte Cooper

The Tolkien Society and Luna Press Publishing are pleased to announce that Adapting Tolkien: Proceedings of The Tolkien Society Seminar 2020, the twentieth book in the Peter Roe series, is now available to preorder.

Edited by Will Sherwood, and published under the auspices of the Peter Roe Memorial Fund, Adapting Tolkien is a collection of six papers presented at The Tolkien Society Seminar held online on Saturday 4th July 2020.

The book will be released on Monday 12th April.


The printed book is available to order now for £9.00.

Place your pre-order for the printed book with Luna Press Publishing directly.

An e-book version will be available for purchase on Luna Press Publishing on 12th April. However, you can pre-order it now on all major platforms. Search for “Adapting Tolkien”.

ISBN for the printed book: 978-1-913387-69-3.


Hosted online, the Tolkien Society 2020 seminar sought to explore how J.R.R. Tolkien’s legacy partly relies on the continued adaptation of his works, characters, and languages. It offered insights into a range of artistic adaptations and evaluated how the tangible result expands the Tolkien fanbase and readership while cultivating a love and appreciation of Tolkien through the adaptor’s creative vision. It further examined the ways in which Tolkien’s creations have been interwoven into the very fabric of our primary world.

His words no longer simply exist on the page, they are transformed in our minds and are cast out into the stars. They inspire new universes and invite fresh interpretations from across the globe.

ISBN for print book: 978-1-913387-69-3


Will Sherwood

The First Age Materials: Christopher Tolkien’s Greatest Task
Cami D. Agan

The other illustrated Silmarillion: Francis Mosley for the Folio Society
Marie Bretagnolle

Elvish as She is Filmed: The Adaption of the Elvish Language in
Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings
Dr. Andrew Higgins

“I Heard the Sword’s Song, and it Sang to Me”: Adapting Tolkien in
the World of Heavy Metal
Brian Egede-Pedersen

Is Adapting Tolkien (Mis)Remembering Tolkien?
Mina D. Lukić

Adapting Tolkien Beyond Arda, or, How to Navigate the Political
Minefield of the International Astronomical Union in Order to Name
Features on Titan, Pluto, and Charon After Middle-earth
Kristine Larsen

About the Peter Roe Memorial Fund

The Tolkien Society’s seminar proceedings – and other booklets such as the Sindarin Lexicon – are published under the auspices of the Peter Roe Memorial Fund. The Fund commemorates Peter Roe who died in 1979 aged 16 after being hit by a speeding lorry outside his home. He was on his way to buy envelopes to enclose his enthusiastic letter to the Society. Peter was clearly an incredibly talented young man, producing stories, artwork and maps. Peter’s Dwarfish Fragments were published in Mallorn 15 in September 1980. Proceeds from the sale of Peter Roe books go back into the Fund to ensure that it is self-perpetuating. The Society will continue to produce book in the “Peter Roe Series” to honour his memory.

About the Author: Will Sherwood
Will is the Education Secretary for the Tolkien Society. A PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow and ex-teacher, Will is passionate about building relationships between the Society and educational institutes across the globe. He welcomes communications looking to engage with Tolkien's life and works.