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New Society publication: Twenty-first Century Receptions of Tolkien

The Tolkien Society and Luna Press Publishing are pleased to announce that Twenty-first Century Receptions of Tolkien: Proceedings of The Tolkien Society Winter Seminar 2021, the twenty-first 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, Twenty-first Century Receptions of Tolkien is a collection of four papers presented at The Tolkien Society Winter Seminar held online on Saturday 13th February 2021.

The book will be released on Tuesday 14th June.


The printed book is available to order now for £8.00. ISBN for the printed book: 9781913387129.

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 14th June. However, you can pre-order it now on all major platforms. Search for “Twenty-first Century Receptions of Tolkien”.


Hosted online, the Tolkien Society 2021 winter seminar sought to explore how J.R.R. Tolkien has been received in the twenty-first century. With a broad range of Tolkien’s writings being published in the last twenty-two years, adaptions embellishing on Tolkien’s stories, and new philosophies offering innovative ways to read Tolkien, the twenty-first century continues to bring us revised visions of Tolkien. These proceedings offer a range of insights into how recent adaptions and philosophies have expanded Tolkien’s legendarium. It was also the first of three seminars that the Tolkien Society hosted online in 2021, collectively welcoming over 1,600 people from across the globe.


Will Sherwood

Middle-earth: Shadow of War as the new shadow
Jelena Filipovic

Artists from Middle-earth: a 21st-century dive into J.R.R. Tolkien’s Secondary World
Marie Bretagnolle

Nazgûl Taller Than Night: Tolkien and Speculative Realism
Nick Groom

Tolkien’s Grave as a Site of Memory
Mina D. Lukić and Dejan M. Vukelić

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.