We are the German Tolkien Society (“Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft e.V.”), a non-profit registered charity with over 900 members from ages 2 to 83, from all over Germany and well beyond! In our society we bring together different personalities and different ways of life, united in our love for Tolkien and his works. We consider it essential to our volunteer efforts to be part of the growing and flourishing Tolkien community and to create opportunities to meet up and talk about J.R.R. Tolkien who brought us all together. Yes, we do listen to lectures and do serious stuff – but we also sit down for a glass of wine, chat about the latest Middle-earth news or put our hands and minds to creating LARP costumes.
Our members’ bulletin Flammifer von Westernis does include summaries in English of all its content. Hither Shore is our bilingual interdisciplinary journal on modern fantasy literature and its accompanying academic conference the Tolkien Seminar is bilingual, too. As a member to the German Tolkien Society you will receive two issues of the Flammifer every year. You can find the application form here. We have regulars’ tables (“Stammtische”) all across Germany and you are most welcome to visit any of them; please contact them via email
You can follow us on Instagram; all of our posts there are in English and German!
Mellon! We make friends all over the world
There are societies or special interest groups all around the world dedicated to furthering interest in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. It is very important to us to network and exchange information with these groups, and we have been inviting sister societies and other Tolkien-inspired groups for many years to our annual main event, the Tolkien Thing (or “Tolkien Moot”), offering stipends to support international cooperation.
We also keep in contact with Tolkien Societies that do not come from nearby countries, and so cannot easily visit due to the long distances – for example in Brazil, India, the USA or Israel.
Our visitors so far:
2021 (instead of 2020) The Spanish Tolkien Society Sociedad Tolkien Española
2019 The Polish Tolkien Group Poznańskie Towarzystwo Miłośników Tolkiena – Drużyna Pyrlandii
2018 The Greek Tolkien Society Ellinikós Sýllogos Philon Tólkin, The Prancing Pony
2017 The Dutch Tolkien Society Unquendor
2016 The German Inklings Society Inklings-Gesellschaft für Literatur und Ästhetik e.V.
2015 The Norsk Tolkien Society Arthedain
2014 The Tolkien Society (UK)
2013 The Lithuanian Tolkien Society Tolkien Lietuva
2012 The Hungarian Tolkien Society Magyar Tolkien Társaság
2011 The Austrian Tolkien Society Österreichische Tolkien Gesellschaft
2010 The Danish Tolkien Society Bri, Tolkienselskabet i København
2009 The Swedish Tolkien Society Forodrim
2008 The Dutch Tolkien Society Unquedor
2006 The Greek Tolkien Society Ellinikós Sýllogos Philon Tólkin, The Prancing Pony
2005 The French Tolkien Society Tolkien & Co.