Mathom

(A very popular name…)

(1) A Term for Stuff

A term introduced by Tolkien in the Prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring:

for anything that Hobbits had no immediate use for, but were unwilling to throw away, they called a mathom.

See Collector.

(2) The clubzine of the Houston Science Fiction Society.

Mathom was the name of the clubzine of the Houston Science Fiction Society. It was founded by Lisa Tuttle who edited its first four issues.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 February 1969 30
2 June 1969 42
3 October 1969 60
4 March 1970 42
5 October 1970 Ed. Joe Pumilia

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(3) A Fanzine by David N. Hall

A fanzine published by David N. Hall in Crystal City, MO.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 1964 24
2 1964 25 Includes A Rider to Mathom #2

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(4) A Fanzine by Grahame Lamb

A fanzine published by Grahame Lamb in Norwich, Norfolk, and Hyton, Lancashire, and Croydon, England.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 July 1971
2 November 1971
3 January 1972
4 February 1972
5 May 1972
6 July 1972
7 October 1972
8 January-February 1973
9 July 1973
Supplement September 1973
10 October 1973
11 March 1974
12 August 1974
13 January-June 1974
14 July 1974

(5) A Clubzine of the Tolkien Society

A clubzine of the Tolkien Society that was edited at various times by Tony Curtis, Jenny Curtis, Linda Heard, and Alison Boyle. It was subtitled "The Smial's Newsletter" and this was its original name. Eventually, it became part of Amon Hen.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 June 1982 4 Ed. Tony Curtis & Jenny Curtis; Titled The Smal's Newletter
2 September 1982 8 Renamed Mathom: The Smial's Newsletter
3 November 1982 4
4 January 1983 8
5 March 1983 4
6 May 1983 8
7 July 1983 4
8 November 1983 8
9 January 1984 4
10 May 1984 8
11 July 1984 4
12 1984
13 November 1984 2
14 February 1985 4
15 May 1985 8

(6) The Clubzine of The Inner Ring

The clubzine of The Inner Ring, a Tolkien club located in St. Lucia, Pullenvale, and Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. The club's other fanzine was The Ring Bearer which was more scholarly, while Mathom was more creative. Only the early issues were Tolkien-oriented; the later issues seems to have developed into a student fanzine.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 May 1985 10 Kathryn Anderson is editor
2 13
3 April 1986 14
4 14
5 May 1987 24
6 March 1988 13
7 June 1988 13 editor is now Michael Evans
8 September 1988 22
9 December 1988 14