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New Society publication: Tolkien and the Sea

The Tolkien Society and Luna Press Publishing are pleased to announce that Tolkien and the Sea, the seventh book in the Peter Roe series, is now available to preorder.

Cover of Tolkien and the Sea. Cover art by Simon Schmidt
Tolkien and the Sea was first published in 1999 as the seventh book in the Peter Roe series. It has long since fallen out of print but, with our partners at Luna Press, we have republished it in the same format as Peter Roe book nos. 17, 18 and 19 as a print-on-demand publication. Tolkien and the Sea will be published on 15 May 2021 and is available to pre-order now.

Just as we worked to digitise all our historic magazines and journals – available for free to all members of the Society in the our members’ area – our aim is for all historic Peter Roe books to be republished in this format and made available to purchase. This will ensure that previous scholarship can be available to new readers, whilst collectors will be able to acquire the entire set.

Edited by Richard Crawshaw and Shaun Gunner, Tolkien and the Sea is a collection of five papers presented at The Tolkien Society Seminar held at the George Hotel in Colchester on 15 June 1996. This book explores the theme of the sea in Tolkien’s works, and understanding what Tolkien was trying to achieve in his writings, and perhaps what was motivating him to do so. This diverse collection of five article will encourage readers to reflect on their own understanding of how Tolkien makes use of the sea.


The book will be released on 15th May 2021. The book is available to order now for £9.

Place your pre-order with Luna Press Publishing directly.


The Great Wave and Other Dreams in The Lord of the Rings
Patricia Reynolds

Seas and Shores: A Study of Cataclysm in Middle-earth
Alex Lewis

Searching for an Earthly Paradise: Some Common Images in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis
Maria B. Kuteeva

he Sea-Bell: A Voyage of Exploration
Christine Davidson

Tolkien-on-Sea: The View from the Shores of Middle-earth
John Ellison

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: The Tolkien Society
The Tolkien Society is an educational charity and worldwide membership organisation devoted to promoting research into, and educating the public in, the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Society organises regular events (such as Oxonmoot and Tolkien Reading Day), publishes regular books and journal (such as Amon Hen and Mallorn), and is working towards a permanent home to Tolkien in the UK.