Data Protection Policy

The Tolkien Society’s Data Protection Policy is currently being updated. You can download the old policy here, but you should bear in mind that it may change.


Like most websites, the Tolkien Society website uses cookies to help improve your user experience. We believe that you should be aware what cookies are and how we make use of them.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are simple text files which are sent from a website and stored on your computer by your web browser. They are used to remember the ways you interact with websites so as to present you with a more tailored user experience when you visit the website again.

How are cookies used on this website?

We use cookies in a number of basic ways:

  • When you use the contact form, a cookie is stored to make sure visitors cannot use the form again for 15 minutes. This helps prevent spam and ensures visitors do not send the same message to multiple contacts. This cookie expires after 15 minutes.
  • When those with access to the Members’ Area login (and you select “Remember Me”), a cookie is stored to remember that you are logged in.
  • When you use the Join, Donate, or Renewal pages, a cookie is used to store a unique identifier so that as you go through the different stages the web server knows that it is you.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to anonymously collect data on how visitors engage with the website. We use this information to compile reports which help us improve our website content. We have also enabled the “Demographics and Interests” feature in order to help us better understand the type of people who visit and engage with our website. All of this data is anonymous and will not be passed to third-parties. To opt-out of all Google Analytics tracking across all the websites you use, click here to install a browser add-on.