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Tolkien Society: UK/US


Sep 5 2007, 9:06pm

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Tolkien Society: UK/US Can't Post

Is the American Tolkien Society related to The Tolkien Society in some way, or is it a separate entity?

Anyone here a member (if you'd rather respond to me off list, just send me a Private Message)?


"an seileachan"

"I can manage it," said Frodo. "I must."

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Sep 5 2007, 9:41pm

Post #2 of 10 (745 views)
I think they're the same [In reply to] Can't Post

Joining one means you join the other. Mike Foster is the North American representative of the Tolkien Society and lives near Chicago in Peoria, IL.

I was a member of the Society but mu membership lapsed during my recent move. Need to renew that.

Each cloak was fastened about the neck with a brooch like a green leaf veined with silver.
`Are these magic cloaks?' asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder.
`I do not know what you mean by that,' answered the leader of the Elves.

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Sep 5 2007, 11:23pm

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I was a member many years ago... [In reply to] Can't Post

and I, too, let my membership lapse. But I bought myself a neat "American Tolkien Society" tee-shirt with a picture of the professor on it and a mug which I still use.

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The Shire

Sep 6 2007, 3:25pm

Post #4 of 10 (728 views)
Actually... [In reply to] Can't Post

No they are not the same. You can find the ATS website at the below URL:

The UK Tolkien Society publishes Amon Hen and Mallorn while the American Tolkien Society publishes the Minas Tirith Evening-Star.

Tolkien Gateway

N.E. Brigand

Sep 6 2007, 3:39pm

Post #5 of 10 (754 views)
As Ringo was both the oldest and youngest of the Beatles... [In reply to] Can't Post

--the oldest in age but the youngest in membership (a comparison Mike Foster might appreciate; as you will have realized, he is the North American representative of the (UK) Tolkien Society)-- so the American Tolkien Society is both older and younger than the (UK) Tolkien Society, the latter having been founded by Vera Chapman in 1969: the ATS journal, Minas Tirith Evening-Star, began publication in 1967, but the society itself didn't form until 1975. Go figure.

Older than both organizations, again depending on how you count, is the Mythopoeic Society. That group was founded in late 1967, but it absorbed the Tolkien Society of America in 1972, and the latter group was founded in 1965.

A little more information on this can be found in the entry on "Fandom" on pp. 284-288 in Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond's Reader's Guide, volume II of their recent The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (where TORN gets a mention, too). And of course, at each organization's web page.

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Sep 6 2007, 8:27pm

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OK....SO!! [In reply to] Can't Post

The American Tolkien Society is not the same as the Tolkien Society of America, which latter body no longer actually exists as a separate entity, having been absorbed into the Mythopoeic Society?

Did I get that right?


"an seileachan"

"I can manage it," said Frodo. "I must."

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Sep 6 2007, 9:35pm

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"The People's Tolkien Society?!" [In reply to] Can't Post

"*$!# off! We're the Tolkien Society of the People!"


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N.E. Brigand

Sep 6 2007, 11:33pm

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That's right. [In reply to] Can't Post

There's also a "New England Tolkien Society", which is based in Missouri.

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Sep 6 2007, 11:37pm

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show me [In reply to] Can't Post

OK: I was already confused, NEB. No need to make it worse.



ps: for non-USA residents: Missouri is the "Show Me" state. But I have no idea why

"an seileachan"

"I can manage it," said Frodo. "I must."

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Grey Havens

Sep 7 2007, 11:48am

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