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New Society publication: Tolkien and the Gothic

The Tolkien Society and Luna Press Publishing are pleased to announce that Tolkien and the Gothic: Proceedings of The Tolkien Society Seminar 2022, the twenty-fourth book in the Peter Roe series, is now available to pre-order.

Edited by Will Sherwood, and published under the auspices of the Peter Roe Memorial Fund, Tolkien and the Gothic is a collection of seven papers presented at The Tolkien Society Seminar that was a hybrid event that took place on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

The book will be released on 26th March.


The printed book is available to order now for £12.50. ISBN for the printed book: 9781915556370.

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 26th March. However, you can pre-order it now on all major platforms. Search for “Tolkien and the Gothic”.


This volume of proceedings contains papers from the Tolkien Society Hybrid Seminar 2022. It seeks to shed light on what the words ‘Goth’ and ‘Gothic’ meant to J.R.R. Tolkien and the ways in which the various traditions associated with them proliferate his writing. From the linguistic to the literary, religious to the ecocritical, the proceedings explores how traditional and new theories in Gothic scholarship can help us read Tolkien’s work anew.

Published under the auspices of the Society’s Peter Roe Memorial Fund, this proceedings features a collection of seven papers delivered at the Tolkien Society Hybrid Seminar 2022.


Will Sherwood

Tolkien’s Gothic: A Poetic Resurgence?
Mahdî Brecq

Beware Melkors Bearing Gifts: The ‘Tale of Adanel’ as Gothic Fiction
Kristine Larsen

Eldritch Tolkien: The Impossibility of the Gothic in Middle-earth
Nick Groom

(Re-)Writing the (Monstrous) Body in 20th Century Fantasy Literature: The Construction of the Stranger in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Sofia Skeva

Tolkien’s Triptych: Ecological Uncanny, Double Dualism Personified, and the Language of the Literary Gothic
Michael Dunn

The Gothic and Environmental Bioethics: The ‘Creepy’ Bodies of Middle-earth
Journee Cotton

“The forest is queer” – The Fantastic and the Gothic in The Lord of the Rings
D.A.K. Watson


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.