The Tolkien Fandom Oral History Collection is an ongoing project undertaken by Marquette’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives. It seeks to document the fandom surrounding popular English author J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), best remembered for his works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The collection consists of brief (up to 3-minute) sound interviews conducted with Tolkien fans worldwide. The sound recordings with transcriptions are available online. Moreover, the information contained in the interviews has been compiled into a data set to encourage and facilitate digital analysis. The collection’s goal is to 6,000 interviews, a number that corresponds to the number of Riders of Rohan mustered and led by King Théoden to the aid of Gondor in The Lord of the Rings. The collection is conceived as a ‘Host’ of interviews mustered over time. New interviews are gradually made available in éoreds of 120, the éored being the basic unit of the Riders of Rohan. This staggered release allows access to the interviews long before the goal of 6,000 interviews is reached.


Submissions from 2019


Tolkien Fandom Oral Histories Éoreds 1-9, William M. Fliss