Sublime stage rendition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Leaf by Niggle’ goes crowdfunding: Support Puppet State Theatre and get to watch it!

Leaf by Niggle (c) Puppet State Theatre et al.
Leaf by Niggle (c) Puppet State Theatre et al.

The consequences of the global pandemic are felt everywhere. As a freelance translator I am well aware that colleagues in the performing arts are very hard hit by the lack of opportunity to actually perform their work. Puppet State Theatre, an Edinburgh-based theatre company well-known among Tolkien fans for their sublime rendition of Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle are using the crowdfunding opportunities provided by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so you can get to watch the play online – for one week.

Thanks to the support of the Tolkien Estate Puppet State Theatre have been allowed to film their version of one of Tolkien’s most beautiful and certainly most autobiographical stories he ever wrote. I have seen it twice, both in Oxford and in Birmingham, and I can promise you will love it.

Please consider donating to this crowdfunding right now and get to watch Leaf by Niggle.

More information, reviews and pictures in this PDF.

Addendum: If you donate £10 or more, you can watch ‘JRR Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle’; if you donate £20 or more, you will get to see ‘JRR Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle’ and a Live Q&A with Senior Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature and Co-Director, Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, Dr Dimitra Fimi. If you spend enough you might even get your very own show!


The preparations for the stage at St Anthony’s College in Oxford, provided by the Tolkien Society.

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.