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The Tolkien Society Official Press Release:



The winners of the inaugural Tolkien Society Awards were announced at the Tolkien Society’s Annual Dinner in Hay-on-Wye on Saturday 11th April 2014.The winners were as follows:

Best Article
John Garth, “Tolkien and the boy who didn’t believe in fairies“

Best Artwork
Jenny Dolfen, “Eärendil the Mariner“

Best Book
Paul Simpson and Brian Robb, Middle-Earth Envisioned

Best Novel
J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Fall of Arthur

Best Website
Emil Johansson, LOTR Project

Outstanding Contribution Award

Christopher Tolkien

Commenting on her award, artist Jenny Dolfen said, “I was delighted to hear that my watercolour piece ‘Eärendil’ had been voted Best Tolkien Artwork of 2013 by the wonderful people of the Tolkien Society. To see that people who are so deeply into Tolkien’s works, ideas and philosophies see the same sort of connection in one of my paintings is wonderful, and the greatest support that any artist can wish for – thank you!”

Best Website winner Emil Johansson said, “It was a huge honor to receive the TS award and I was very humbled by the recognition. Knowing that people enjoy what I do is what keeps me going.”

Shaun Gunner, Tolkien Society Chairman, said: “A hearty congratulations to all the winners of our first ever awards: they’re all thoroughly deserved. What has been really encouraging is that people from across the world – both Society members and non-members – have taken part in nominating people for the awards. I hope this is the start in a long tradition of annual awards by the Society in recognition of excellence in Tolkien studies and Tolkien fandom.

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