Writing this at the end of 2012, the list of sources for my monthly Tolkien Transactions seems to grow longer and longer and to take up quite a bit of space. I will therefore collect the sources here instead, and then put a link to this page for those who wish to see the details. (Updated 2014-04-02)

Almost all the sources that I share here allows “subscription” via RSS or Atom feeds. I subscribe to them all (and then some) using Feedly and that is how I keep track of things. Hopefully I will at some time be able to say something more about all the various blogs appearing here — or perhaps give the direct links to the associated RSS feeds that I subscribe to ...  but that will have to wait until I have some more time ;-)
For practical reasons, I have split my sources into a number of sections (more may be added at a later date):
Tolkien scholars who regularly writes on their blog about Tolkien and Tolkien-related matters.
Tolkien blogs where there's seldom something that is not related to Tolkien
Tolkienists (including scholars) who occasionally write about Tolkien-related matters on their blog
Tolkien artists whose art is inspired by Tolkien's work and who have an RSS feeds so that you can follow their work.
Tolkien news where you can find news-stories about Tolkienian matters.
Fan writings various writings by students, enthusiasts and fans of Tolkien and his work. These are mainly appropriate for newcomers to the world of Tolkien.
Tolkien Friends blogs by friends whom I have met (albeit usually only on-line) and come to know for their intelligent comemnts on Tolkien's work, but who rarely, if ever, write about Tolkienian matters on their blogs. Printed the monthly or by-monthly bulletins and newsletters of various societies.

Tolkien scholars
who regularly writes on their blog about Tolkien and Tolkien-related matters.

John D. Rateliff, ‘Sacnoth's Scriptorium’
RSS Feed
Jason Fisher, ‘Lingwë — Musings of a Fish’, RSS Feed

Michael Drout, ‘Wormtalk and Slugspeak’, RSS Feed

Douglas A. Anderson, ‘Tolkien and Fantasy’, RSS Feed

Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, ‘Too Many Books and Never Enough’, RSS Feed

David Bratman, ‘Kalimac’, RSS Feed
and the old home, :

John Garth, ‘John Garth’ – his blog, RSS Feed
John Garth, ‘John Garth’
Not a blog as such, but a web-site that is regularly updated with e.g. reviews and new information about Tolkien's early legendarium.

Anna Smol, ‘Anna Smol | A Single Leaf’, RSS Feed

Edmund Weiner, ‘Philoloblog’, RSS Feed

Sørina Higgins, ‘The Oddest Inkling’, RSS Feed

Jonathan S. McIntosh, ‘The Flame Imperishable’, RSS Feed

Robin Anne Reid, her blog RSS Feed

Dennis Wilson Wise, ‘Stratofanatic's Emporium’
RSS Feed

Journal of Tolkien Research, Various posters, RSS Feed

Waymeet for Tolkien Teachers, Various posters, RSS Feed

Mythgard Institute, Various posters

Corey Olsen, ‘The Tolkien Professor’

Tolkien blogs
Tolkienists as well as Tolkien groups & societies who seldom writes about thing other than Tolkien on these blogs

The Tolkien Society, various posters, RSS Feed

The Mythopoeic Society, various posters (Tolkien and the Inklings), RSS Feed

Various, ‘The Northeast Tolkien Society’ (NETS), ‘Heren Istarion’, RSS Feed

The Southfarthing Mathom — The new blog for the Tolkien Reading Group (Southampton UK), The Southfarthing Smial, RSS Feed

Taruithorn Miruvor — The online magazine of the Oxford Tolkien Society, RSS Feed

The Grey Havens Group, various posters, RSS Feed

Marcel R. Aubron-Bülles, ‘The Tolkienist’, RSS Feed

Andrew Higgins, ‘Wotan's Musings’, RSS Feed

Morgan Thomsen, ‘Mythoi’

Simon J. Cook, ‘Ye Machine’, RSS Feed

Michael Martinez, ‘Middle-earth’, RSS Feed

Troels Forchhammer, ‘Parma-kenta’, RSS Feed

Renée Vink, ‘Things that Ring in my Head’

Tom Hillman, ‘Alas, not me’, RSS Feed

Emil Johansson, ‘The LotrProject Blog’, RSS Feed

Holly Rodgers, ‘Teaching Tolkien’

‘Ilverai’. ‘Wandering Paths’, RSS Feed

Bruce Charlton, ‘Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers’, RSS Feed

‘The Real LotR’, ‘The Real LotR’

(including scholars) who occasionally writes about Tolkien-related things on these blogs

Andrew Wells, ‘Musings of an Aging Fan’, RSS Feed

Henry Gee ‘cromercrox’, ‘The End of the Pier Show’

Pieter Collier — ‘The Tolkien Library’

Tom Simon, ‘The Superversive’, RSS Feed

Douglas A. Anderson et Al. — ‘Wormwoodiana’, RSS Feed

Amy H. Sturgis, ‘Redecorating Middle-Earth in Early Lovecraft’, RSS Feed

Sue Bridgwater, ‘Skorn’, RSS Feed

Diana Pavlac Glyer, ‘Diana Pavlac Glyer’, RSS Feed

Tolkien artists
with feeds so that you can follow their work

John Howe, RSS Feed

Jenny Dolfen, RSS Feed

Joe Gilranon, RSS Feed

Ted Nasmith, ‘Ted Nasmith’, RSS Feed

Peter Xavier Price, ‘peet – Deviant Art’, RSS Feed

Tomás Hijo, ‘Tomás Hijo Art’
Tumblr:, RSS Feed

Graeme Skinner, ‘Graeme Skinner – art, design & photography’, RSS Feed

Jef Murray, ‘Jef Murray’

David Simmons, ‘Aiya Ilúvatar’, RSS Feed

Aaron Diaz, ‘The Silmarillion Project’

Tolkien news

‘Middle-earth News’
‘Tolkien’ and ‘Middle-earth’ should here be understood somewhat more broadly than my application of ‘Tolkien-related’ for admission in my transactions., RSS Feed

Josh Vogt, ‘Tolkien Examiner’

Google News search for ‘Tolkien’

Fan Writings
Blogs by students, enthusiasts and fans of Tolkien's work. These are mainly appropriate for newcomers to the world of Tolkien.

James Moffett, ‘A Tolkienist's Perspective’, RSS Feed

Jacob Keener, ‘’, RSS Feed

Thomas J. West III, ‘Queerly Different’, RSS Feed

Tolkien Friends
Blogs and writings by friends I have come to know through their intelligent writings about Tolkien, but whose blogs are rarely, if ever, about Tolkienian matters.

Steuard Jensen, ‘Strings, Rings, and Other Things’, RSS Feed

Henry Gee, ‘The End Of The Pier Show’, RSS Feed

Steve Hayes, ‘Notes from underground’, RSS Feed
Steve Hayes, ‘Khanya’, RSS Feed

Blogs by medievalist scholars or news-blogs and -sites on medievalism.

Jackson Crawford, ‘Tattúínárdåla Saga’, RSS Feed

Various, ‘The Heroic Age’, RSS Feed

Larry Swain, ‘The Ruminate’, RSS Feed

Nancy Marie Brown, ‘God of Wednesday’ RSS Feed

Various, ‘British Museum blog’, RSS Feed

Literature Blogs
Being blogs about literature and literary topics that have occasionally featured Tolkienian material, or other other items of interest.

Josh Hanagarne, ‘World's Strongest Librarian’, RSS Feed

Printed & subscription
The three sources listed here are in print or only available by subscription, and the links are to the websites where they can be ordered. Mythprint and Beyond Bree allow digital subscription at very reasonable rates.

Mythprint — ‘The Quarterly Bulletin of the Mythopoeic Society’

Amon Hen — the Bulletin of the Tolkien Society, RSS Feed

Beyond Bree — the newsletter of the Tolkien Special Interest Group of the Americal Mensa


  1. Hello, Troels!

    I have been enjoying your monthly _Tolkien Transactions_ for several years now. This is clearly a lot of work for you on behalf of the Tolkien community, and I appreciate it greatly.

    I’m writing now to tell you of a blog I became aware of a few months ago by a pair of collaborators who go by “CD.” Their blog, _doubtfulsea_, covers many topics — but it particularly emphasises Tolkien’s works. Their posts seldom look at Tolkien “news,” but rather they look in depth at a particular aspect of Middle-earth and bring in real-world pictures and maps and charts to demonstrate real-world analogues that probably Tolkien had in mind when he was writing.

    A post from last month, “Strange as News from Bree” is a good example of their work.

    The site as a whole is at

    (I am personally acquainted with one of the authors, but have nothing to do with their site.)

    Again, thank you so much for putting together this excellent resource, and best wishes from Vermont.

    — Erik Mueller-Harder

  2. Hi Erik,

    Thanks a lot!

    At a first glance (admittedly very brief), this certainly does look interesting :)