Tolkien Mailing Competition – participate now!

Symbol for the (c) Hungarian Tolkien Society's Tolkien Mailing Competition
Symbol for the (c) Hungarian Tolkien Society's Tolkien Mailing Competition

For eight years in a row the Hungarian Tolkien Society (MTT) has organised Tolkien Levelezö Verseny, the Tolkien Mailing Competition. School groups from the ages of 10 to 18 were asked questions, divided into three different difficulty levels, Hobbits, Dúnedain and Noldor. The MTT had more than a hundred participants each and every year and because of its success and the fun had by all in this, in its ninth year, this wonderful competition will again be offered in English and for a group of participants called Quendi (between the ages of 15 and 35).

Update Nov 2023. See below.

This will give you an idea what is going to be expected from you:

Participation in the Quendi category requires a thorough knowledge of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and perhaps The Children of Húrin. Some questions (riddles, quizzes, etc.) will refer to other works by Tolkien, but you will have about four weeks for each round, so you will have enough time to look up in the books everything you need.
There will also be some creative challenges. For example, to describe a situation, write a short poem, make a drawing or take a photograph, etc. We would like to be proud of our participants, so we ask you to share the rights of your creative productions royalty-free. The best of your works—with due credit to the authors/artists—might be published by the Hungarian Tolkien Society, e.g. on our website:, or in our journal, the Lassi Laurië. Please do not publish these works yourself without consulting us first, and especially not before the deadline of the round in question.

Deadline for entering the contest is October, 12th, 2014.

Starting in October you will then receive monthly questions and tasks; all communication is via email. For all further information please have a look at the official website for the TLV (including registration forms.)

Tolkien Mailing Competition 2014 - Hungarian Tolkien Society
Tolkien Mailing Competition 2014 – Hungarian Tolkien Society

P.S.: There also is a web video on the TLV. It uses only Hungarian captions but the pictures will still give you a good idea of the competition.

Update Nov 2023 The Tolkien Mailing Competition is still going strong and you can visit the English-speaking section on their website. The official registration page and more information on the TMC in 2023 is available here.

Marcel R. Bülles

Marcel R. Bülles is the author of, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You can find him in cafés all over the world sipping an espresso blogging, writing, reading. At one point he was married to an extremely lovely French lady by the nickname of Sauron. Yes, that Sauron. He is also active with the International Tolkien Fellowship on Facebook and the Tolkien Folk on Instagram.