Mallorn is the journal of the Tolkien Society. It is the more scholarly sister to Amon Hen and is usually sent out to all members annually. It has been published regularly since 1970 and is a beautiful glossy A4 journal of artwork from famous Tolkien artists, articles from Tolkien scholars, and reviews of the latest books and films. (ISSN 0308-6674).

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Guide to Authors

The following list describes the different types of material Mallorn usually accepts:

  • Letters to the Editor – these may discuss material previously aired in Mallorn or elsewhere.
  • Reviews – of books, films, theatre shows, art, websites, radio, exhibitions, anything of possible interest to readers of Mallorn in the widest sense. These are not sent through peer review. Reviews should be around 1,000 words.
  • Articles- this section includes scholarly articles on Tolkien, his life and times, his works, his influence, the works of his colleagues and so on. Articles typically include a number of secondary references (which should be provided inline as much as possible). These submissions go through peer review, so please be patient while we consider your article.
  • Notes-these are short pieces, usually covering a topic of interest to the Tolkien community. They are not as in-depth as articles, nor are they reviews.
  • Artwork – Mallorn gratefully receives all artwork, whether paintings, drawings or photographs.

Please note that Mallorn does not accept fiction at this time.

Submission Guidelines

All material should be sent by email to the Mallorn editor, Rosalinda Haddon.

mallorn [at] tolkiensociety [dot] org

In addition to your contribution, you should provide the Editor with a very brief autobiographical note.

All standard word-processing file formats are accepted (including Microsoft Office Word and OpenOffice Writer).

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts are submitted to the Editor-in-Chief, who screens each manuscript and can reject unsuitable or poor-quality submissions at this point. Any articles accepted for peer review are then sent to 2 – 3 reviewers which the Editor-in-Chief selects. Reviewers are asked to review a submission if they are experienced researchers and have expertise in the content area of the manuscript. The reviewers are sent a copy of the manuscript and Mallorn‘s review guidelines, to which they are asked to adhere. The identity of the author(s) and any affiliation details they have are not included in order to ensure a blind review. We ask reviewers are to complete the review within four weeks of receiving the manuscript. When they are finished, reviewers submit their feedback to the Editor-In-Chief, along with their recommendation on the readiness of the paper for Mallorn. The editor collates the review reports and makes a decision on the status of the paper accordingly. Please note: the Editor-in-Chief has final decision on the acceptance or rejection of all manuscripts.

Manuscripts may be: accepted (subject to minor or no revisions); declined; returned to the authors for revision (to address all reviewer comments in detail, with the possibility of resending for peer review depending on the nature of the reviewer comments); or invited for re-submission altogether. Authors are not made aware of the identity of a reviewer unless insisted upon by the reviewer for transparency.

Back Issues

All members of the Society have access to a digital archive of Mallorn and it is a good way to access content from more recent issues.

If you are not a member of the Society, or you want an article not available in the digital archive, you could use the interlibrary loan service available at most public and university libraries. Alternatively you can order articles directly from the British Library. Please note that it might be cheaper to purchase back issues from the Society, but this is dependant on availability.

Subject to availability, you can order back issues from the Society. Have a look at our publications sales page.