Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Tolkien Society of America

US organization, not the first J R R Tolkien fan club but the one most active during the boom years of Tolkien's popularity and thus the focus of a certain amount of media publicity. It was founded by Richard D Plotz in February 1965, three months before the first US paperback of The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955). Soon the TSOA was a nationwide group. Publication of Tolkien Journal and a bulletin on society events, The Green Dragon, was infrequent. After holding two Tolkien Conferences in 1968-1969 (a third in 1970 was combined with the Mythopoeic Society's Mythcon), the TSA was absorbed (1972) by the Mythopoeic Society, which published the final issue, #15, of Tolkien Journal that year. [DSB]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.