The Tolkien Society Awards recognise excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom, highlighting our long-standing charitable objective to “seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE“.

Winners are announced during the Annual Dinner at the AGM & Springmoot, held on a weekend each April, for the previous calendar year.

As of 2015, the categories (which may vary slightly each year) are:

  • Best Artwork
  • Best Article
  • Best Book
  • Best Website


  • Outstanding Contribution Award

There is no restriction on where books/articles/websites are published/hosted, but they should all be in English. The Best Book Award applies to both an edited book with multiple articles by different authors as well as a book by the same author(s) throughout. The Outstanding Contribution Award recognises individuals who have made important and exceptional contributions to Tolkien scholarship, Tolkien fandom, or the promotion of Tolkien and his works.

Previous Winners

Year Awarded Best Artwork Best Article Best Book Best Website Outstanding Contribution
2019 Ted Nasmith, “Durin’s Crown and the Mirrormere Was Tolkien really racist?” by Dimitra Fimi Catherine McIlwaine, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth Jeremy Edmonds, Catherine McIlwaine
2018 Jenny Dolfen, “The Hunt ‘Tears are the very wine of blessedness’: joyful sorrow in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings” by Dimitra Fimi
J.R.R. Tolkien, Beren and Lúthien, ed. Christopher Tolkien Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, Too Many Books and Never Enough Priscilla Tolkien
2017 Elena Kukanova, “Maglor Joseph Loconte, “How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front
J.R.R. Tolkien, A Secret Vice, ed. Dimitra Fimi and Andy Higgins N/A John Garth
2016 Tomás Hijo, “The Prancing Pony John Garth, “Tolkien’s ‘immortal four’ meet for the last time The Art of The Lord of the Rings, ed. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull Bradford Lee Eden, The Journal of Tolkien Research Verlyn Flieger
2015 Fabio Leone, “Ulmo appears before Tuor Michael Flowers, “A Hemlock by any other name… J.R.R. Tolkien, Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, ed. Christopher Tolkien Neil Holford, Tom Shippey
2014 Jenny Dolfen, “Eärendil the Mariner John Garth, “Tolkien and the boy who didn’t believe in fairies Book: Paul Simpson and Brian Robb, Middle-Earth Envisioned
Novel: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur, ed. Christopher Tolkien
Emil Johansson, LOTR Project Christopher Tolkien