The J.R.R. Tolkien Fandom Oral History Collection

[S]ix thousand spears to Sunlending,

Mundburg the mighty under Mindolluin,

Sea-kings' city in the South-kingdom

foe-beleaguered, fire-encircled.

LotR, bk. V, ch. III


Do you identify yourself as a Tolkien fan?

If so, join the Host!


In our effort to document Tolkien Fandom, the Department of Special Collections at Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library is building a collection of brief testimonials from Tolkien fans.

The goal is 6,000 audio interviews, one for each of the Riders of Rohan that Théoden mustered and led to the aid of Gondor.

Here is how it works:

Each fan is given up to three (3) minutes to respond to the following three questions:

  • When did you first encounter the works of J. R. R. Tolkien?
  • Why are you a Tolkien fan?
  • What has he meant to you?

Three questions in three minutes.

Here are some excerpts from interviews already gathered.

If you wish to join the Muster but cannot visit Marquette, please visit our scheduling page to claim a time slot and record interview via Zoom videoconferencing. Only the audio will be recorded.

If you are able to visit Marquette to interview in person, please contact to schedule a time.

Please visit our FAQ page to learn more.

Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette Archives