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New Society publication: Tolkien and Diversity

The Tolkien Society and Luna Press Publishing are pleased to announce that Tolkien and Diversity: Proceedings of The Tolkien Society Summer Seminar 2021, the twenty-second 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, Tolkien and Diversity is a collection of ten papers presented at The Tolkien Society Summer Seminar held online on Saturday and Sunday 3rd-4th July 2021.

The book will be released on Tuesday 16th May.


The printed book is available to order now for £13.50. ISBN for the printed book: 9781915556141.

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 16th May. However, you can pre-order it now on all major platforms. Search for “Tolkien and Diversity”.


Welcoming over 700 delegates across the two-day event, the 2021 Tolkien Society summer seminar was the highest attended event in the Society’s history. It invited scholars to consider the role that diversity plays in Middle-earth’s linguistic and literary make-up: how does he explore race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, religion and faith, and age? How do different fandoms receive his works? How can varying perspectives enrich our understanding of Arda? Tolkien and Diversity was the second of three seminars that the Tolkien Society hosted online in 2021, reaching over 1600 global delegates.

Tolkien and Diversity also marks a new direction for the Seminar proceedings. Authors are now invited to publish their paper in English and their first language.


Will Sherwood

Desire of the ring: an Indian academic’s adventures in her quest for the perilous realm
Sonali Arvind Chunodkar

Translation as a means of representation and diversity in Tolkien’s scholarship and fandom
Martha Celis-Mendoza

(Original Spanish) La traducción como medio de representación y diversidad en los estudios sobre Tolkien entre la academia y los fans
Martha Celis-Mendoza

How Queer Atheists, Agnostics, and Animists Engage with Tolkien’s Legendarium
Robin Anne Reid

Stars Less Strange: An Analysis of Fanfiction and Representation within the Tolkien Fan Community
Dawn Walls-Thumma

Hidden Visions: Iconographies of Alterity in Soviet Bloc Illustrations for The Lord of the Rings
Joel Merriner

“Something Mighty Queer”: Destabilizing Cishetero Amatonormativity in the Works of Tolkien
Danna Petersen-Deeprose

The Invisible Other: Tolkien’s Dwarf-Women and the ‘Feminine Lack’
Sara Brown

The Lossoth: Indigeneity, Representation, and Antiracism
Nicholas Birns

“The Burnt Hand Teaches Most About Fire”: Applying Trauma Exposure and Ecological Frameworks to Narratives
of Displacement and Resettlement Across Elven Cultures in Tolkien’s Middle-earth
V. Elizabeth King

The Problem of Pain: Portraying Physical Disability in the Fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien
Clare Moore

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.