Tolkien Studies

Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review is an academic journal publishing papers on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. The journal's founding editors are Douglas A. Anderson, Michael D. C. Drout, and Verlyn Flieger, and the current editors are Michael D. C. Drout, Verlyn Flieger, and David Bratman. It states that it is the first scholarly journal published by an academic press in the area of Tolkien research (at least in the English language).[1]

Tolkien Studies  
Edited byMichael D. C. Drout, Verlyn Flieger, David Bratman
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ISO 4Tolkien Stud.
OCLC no.53302682


In 2009, the Tolkien scholar Janet Brennan Croft wrote in Mythlore that "The continued and growing success of Tolkien Studies is a cheering indication that our narrow field of mythopoeic and Inklings studies is healthy enough to support two substantial and highly-respected refereed scholarly journals on the general topic in this country alone (Seven: An Anglo-American Review and Mythlore), as well as a number of specialized journals devoted even more narrowly to individual Inklings and fellow fantasists, like Tolkien Studies."[2] She added that the journal was distinctive in "commissioning a lead article from a major Tolkien scholar, and following it up with an appreciation and/or checklist of their scholarship."[2]

Mike Foster, writing in Mythlore in 2011 after seeing the first seven volumes of the journal, called Tolkien Studies "the best anthology of Tolkien criticism and commentary".[3]


  1. ^ "Tolkien Studies". JournalTOCs. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b Croft, Janet Brennan (2008). "Reviews: Tolkien Studies: Volume VI". Mythlore. 28 (1/2): 192–196.
  3. ^ Foster, Mike (2008). "Reviews: Tolkien Studies: Volume VII". Mythlore. 48 (4). Article 345.

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