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Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review presents the growing body of critical commentary and scholarship on both J. R. R. Tolkien’s voluminous fiction and his academic work in literary and linguistic fields. The founding editors are Douglas A. Anderson (The Annotated Hobbit), Michael D. C. Drout (Beowulf and the Critics), and Verlyn Flieger (Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World).

Current Editors: Michael D. C. Drout, Yvette Kisor, and David Bratman
Frequency: Annual

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A special supplemental issue to volume 19 has been published: J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Chronology of The Lord of the Rings," edited, with introduction, notes, and commentary by William Cloud Hicklin; a preface by William Fliss; and a special introduction by the editors. The supplement is available in paperback and is available electronically on Project MUSE. Individuals who wish to receive the supplement in print should purchase a print subscription to volume 19 (which can be ordered as indicated above). Print subscribers to volume 19 will receive both the supplement and the regularly scheduled volume.


“What else can one say? The reviews are full, numerous, by respected hands, and informative. . . .another magisterial addition to the growing corpus of Tolkienian scholarship.”
David Doughan, Mallorn

“A welcome addition to the growing library of Tolkien criticism.”
Mark Hooker, Mythprint

“A very important and highly readable addition to Tolkien scholarship.”
Carol A. Leibiger, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

“The best anthology of Tolkien criticism and commentary.”
Mike Foster, Mythopoeic Society