Poland The Silesian Science Fiction Club -Polish Tolkien Society
Anna Adamczyk-Śliwińska is editor-in-chief of the "Aiglos" Tolkien Almanac, half-yearly journal ( http://aiglos.tolkien.com.pl/english/ ) since 2003, a PhD cadidate at the University of Gdańsk, Poland, currently in the process of writing a dissertation on the importance of myth in J.R.R Tolkien's life and fiction and also member of The Silesian Science Fiction Club - Tolkien Society in Poland since 2001.
Nils Ivar Agøy
Telemark University College, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Nils Ivar Agøy, b. 1959, dr. philos., cand. theol. & philol., professor of modern history at Telemark University College, Norway. Co-founder of Arthedain – The Tolkien Society of Norway. Has written extensively on Tolkienian subjects. Publications in this field include Mytenes mann: J.R.R. Tolkien og hans forfatterskap (Oslo 2003) and, as editor, Between Faith and Fiction: Tolkien and the Powers of His World (Stockholm 1998). He has also translated The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Unfinished Tales and The Children of Húrin into Norwegian. Tolkienian research interests include Tolkien and Christianity, Tolkien and cultural identity, and Tolkien’s sub-creation theory.
My website connects references in 'The Lord of the Rings' to the history of the North East of England and the Scottish Border. Included is a page on Tolkien's Uncle, William Charles Mountain who lived on Tyneside at the turn of the 20th Century. He was an industrialist, engineer and entrepreneur.
Roberto Arduini, journalist, president of Roman Society of Tolkien Studies, is a member of “Tolkien e dintorni” Scientific Review Committee for Marietti publisher. He contributed to “The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment”, ed. Michael Drout, (Routledge University Press, 2006). He edited “Il Kalevala. Poema nazionale finnico” (Il Cerchio, 2007); with Claudio Antonio Testi, he edited for Marietti: “La trasmissione del pensiero e la numerazione degli Elfi” (2008), “La Falce spezzata. Morte e immortalità in J.R.R. Tolkien” (2009) and “Tolkien e la Filosofia” (2011). He is one of the authors of “La biblioteca di Bilbo”(Effatà, 2011).
Helen Armstrong is a long-time fan and reader of Tolkien's works, with a bit of a linguistic background and a tiny touch of pedantry. 40 years ago she discovered she was saying the names all wrong,and has been curious about them ever since.
Mark Atherton teaches Medieval English literature and English language at Oxford University (Regent's Park College and Mansfield College). He did his Phd at York, has also worked at universities in Cologne, Brussels, and Manchester. His academic interests include medieval literature - especially Old English, and philology and its development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He hails from Lancashire and loves Cumbria but enjoys European travel and reading and plays guitar and bouzouki in a seven-piece folk band. His publications include: There and Back Again: J.R.R. Tolkien and the Origins of the Hobbit (monograph; London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming 2012) [see below for a description of this book] Teach Yourself Complete Old English (Anglo-Saxon) (London: Hodder, 2010) [this is a second, revised and expanded edition of my Teach Yourself Old English (2006).] Celts and Christians: New Approaches to the Religious Traditions of Britain and Ireland (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2002) [edited papers from the lecture series at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture] Hildegard of Bingen: Selected Writings (London: Penguin Classics, 2001) [translation from the Medieval Latin, with introduction, notes and bibliography]
Damien Bador is an engineer in aeronautics. He discovered J.R.R. Tolkien at a young age, and remained deeply moved by his works ever since. He is especially fascinated by the Professor's linguistic inventions, and studies the way the languages and the stories interact in Tolkien's Legendarium.
Francesca Tristan Barbini was born and raised in Rome. After years of volunteer work around the world, she completed a MA Honour in Religious Studies at New College. She currently teaches R.E. in a Scottish high school. An active member of the Tolkien Society, she also runs a kinship on Lord of the Rings Online. Barbini is currently working on the third instalment of her Tijaran Tales series. Her website is fbarbini.com.
Male, medic, mid 50's. Currently a semi-retired GP but I spent several years in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Written and lectured extensively on women's health. First read Tolkien in my teens. Became interested in combining Tolkien and Women when on a re-read could find just one woman mentioned in the Hobbit (on page 4). 'Why was that?' This prompted me to explore both the author's biography and his writings with an eye for the feminine. Currently living in my own 'Tol Galen' in rural Suffolk with the divine Bev. Our 3 kids have left home now.
Academic and researcher. Martin Barker has spent his working life in the academic fields of media and cultural studies, publishing 13 books to date, but he has especially worked in the field of film audiences, and in 2003-4 he led a world project to study the reception of the films of The Lord of the Rings. With just under 25,000 responses to a complex survey, it produced a huge body of knowledge about what ‘fantasy’ means to people in different country and cultural contexts. His analysis was published in Watching The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien’s World Audiences.
Ben Barootes is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at McGill University in Montreal. Ben’s MA thesis, which was awarded a 2007 Governor General’s Medal at Acadia University, examined themes of loss and recovery in Tolkien’s legendarium. His doctoral work addresses how fourteenth- and fifteenth-century English poets used the dream vision genre to explore contemporary debates about language. During his studies, Ben has given papers on Tolkien at several conferences, including Tolkien at Kalamazoo panels at the International Congress on Medieval Studies. His teaching and research interests include Middle English literature, heroic literature, book history and print culture, nineteenth-century medievalisms, and, of course, Tolkien. Ben is honoured to give the inaugural Christine Davidson Memorial Lecture and looks forward to many years with the Tolkien Society.
Currently a Heritage Manager for a local authority in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and responsible for Moyse's Hall Museum and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. The Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park has been the venue for a Ring Quest event for families each year since 2003; part of this event develops the links between Tolkien's world and that of the early Anglo-Saxons. The 'Born of Hope' Lord of the Rings fan film used West Stow as a key location. In 2012 a holiday in New Zealand prompted further exploration of Tolkien's themes as shown in the film trilogy.
Måns Björkman is a member of the Mellonath Daeron and a board member of the Tolkien Society Forodrim in Stockholm, Sweden. He regularly attends and presents papers at Omentielva, the biannual conferences on J.R.R. Tolkien’s invented languages. Since 1999 he runs the web site Amanye Tenceli, which concerns the two Elvish scripts from Aman: Sarati and Tengwar.
The Tolkien Society
I was born in Birmingham in the area that is now the Shire Country Park and first read The Lord of the Rings in the 1970s. I currently live in King’s Heath, a short distance from Ashfield Road, the first place Tolkien lived in Birmingham. I started writing about Tolkien around 12 years ago and partway through this process I discovered the world of old postcards. I see the world in pictures but this was like time travel as I was taken back to the Victorian and Edwardian periods. I have published 4 books on Tolkien’s life.
Cor Blok (The Hague, 1934) graduated with an art teacher's degree in 1956. He worked alternately as a museum curator, art critic, teacher in various art schools in the Netherlands and the Universities of Utrecht and Maastricht. From 1996 until his retirement he was Professor of Art History (19th-20th centuries) at Leiden University. Throughout his career he continued to paint (one-man shows 1965-1968). Between 1958 and 1962 he produced about 140 paintings inspired by 'The Lord of the Rings'. His publications include a catalogue of all works by Piet Mondrian in Dutch public collections, 'Geschichte der abstrakten Kunst 1900-1960' and 'Beeldvertalen' ('translating images'). Cor Blok lives at Amsterdam.
Film director. In 2009, after two years of work, Chris released the popular online film-prequel The Hunt for Gollum which has been seen by over 15 million people around the world. The film is set immediately before the events of The Lord of the Rings films and follows Aragorn’s quest to find Gollum somewhere in Mirkwood. When released, it was the fourth-most-watched film in the whole USA, beating many Hollywood blockbuster hits.
Janet Brennan Croft
University of Oklahoma
Janet Brennan Croft is Head of Access Services at the University of Oklahoma libraries. She is the author of War in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien and editor of the essay collections Tolkien on Film and Tolkien and Shakespeare, as well as the journal Mythlore. She also serves on the board of the Mythopoeic Press, for which she has indexed and annotated several titles.
Indiana Wesleyan University
Dr. Bressler is presently Senior Scholar for Undegraduate Reseach at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. A regular speaker at Oxonmoot (2008, 2009, and 2010), Dr. Bressler is also the author of one of the best selling literary criticism textbooks, Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, Longman. He is also a frequent conference speaker the writings and lives of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and others.
University of Salford
I am a secondary school teacher, currently living and working in North Wales, and I have been studying part time for my PhD at the University of Salford over the past five years. My thesis, provisionally entitled “Crossing the Line: Issues of Boundary and Liminality in Tolkien’s Middle-earth”, examines Tolkien’s writing from an environmental perspective. Using alchemical theory as a starting point, I draw on such prominent theorists as Julia Kristeva and Donna Haraway to explore transformations, the presence of the Other and the blurring of boundaries and borders in Tolkien’s legendarium.
I am 30 years old, studied German and English literature at the University Siegen and am now writing my dissertation on trans-species hybrids in popular culture. I hold a mini-job as gardener and for the coming term have a teaching assignment at the Uni Siegen, doing 2 courses on British fantasy and ecocriticism. I first read LOTR in 1996 and since then have been a fan of Tolkien's works. Since a few years I am also a member of the Tolkien Society.
German Tolkien Society, fantasy expert
Marcel R. Aubron-Bülles is the founding chairman, former CEO and only honorary member of the German Tolkien Society. He is the cofounder of Europe's largest fantasy film convention, Ring*Con, cofounder of the International Tolkien Fellowship and a member of the Board of Editors of the academic yearbook 'Hither Shore'. His special interests are with the Tolkien worldwide community, centering his work on his recently started blog www.thetolkienist.com. He works as a freelance translator; among his translations into German are Gee's 'The Science in Middle-earth', Bassham and Bronson's 'The Hobbit and Philosophy' and other Tolkien-related publications and products. He holds an Magister Artium of the University of Cologne, having studied and worked at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Wheaton College, MA, in English Literature and Linguistics and Anglo-American History.
Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers
In a wooden hut on the Norfolk coast, with the wind howling and the fire crackling, a small girl was enchanted by a spirited reading of The Hobbit. Later she trained at London’s Central School of Speech & Drama, worked in public relations and training, then studied with the UK’s most respected traditional storytellers. Chloë is passionate about bringing live storytelling into the 21st century - and back to adult audiences. For more than 12 years she’s taken her story cabaret shows everywhere from castles to cruise ships, with regular appearances at Cheltenham Literature Festivals and similar. Fascinated by dragons ever since Smaug, Chloë created the stage persona of Agent Green, draconics expert for Dragon Conservation Headquarters. Chloë has just published Dragon Tales her first collection of traditional stories, as told to ‘Agent Green’ by her dragon companion. Don’t miss meeting the world’s only (surviving) dragon whisperer here at the conference! Chloë lives in the Cotswolds, near a valley perfect for hiding a dragon...
School of English, Trinity College, Dublin.
I was a member of the (now sadly defunct) Numenor smial of the Tolkien Society in Northern Ireland, and was involved in the publication of the Tolkien fanzine 'Elenna' in the 1980s. I worked for many years as a national newspaper reporter, including roles as political editor of the Irish Sunday Mirror and health correspondent of the Irish Mail on Sunday. I am currently a doctoral candidate at Trinity College Dublin, where I am completing a thesis on the novels of Anthony Burgess, while also conducting research into fantasy and science fiction literature and the culture of tabloidisation.
Anke is a university lecturer at Birmingham, and Ian is a part-time working Dad. We've been doing the dance workshop at Oxonmoots since 2002, and have taken it to the wider world of fandom at both Fellowship Festivals and the Tolkien 2005 event. Like all TS members we do it for fun.
Anke Collier is a psychology lecturer with an interest in the making and performing of costumes. She likes to learn and tries to share that with anyone willing to engage.
David Doughan has been a teacher, a broadcaster, a librarian and a historian. He has been involved with the Tolkien Society for over 30 years, and has at various times been active, especially in Oxonmoot and Mallorn. Nowadays he does as little as possible.
Maike Lúthien Dulk is from the Netherlands. Being the daughter of an avid Tolkien enthusiast, she grew up with a desire to learn the elvish language that she knew from 'Lord of the Rings' as well as possible. This has become doable since the "Etymologies" were released as part of the 'History of Middle-Earth' series and a number of enthusiastic linguists have compiled the grammar and word-lists of both Quenya and Sindarin. She likes to write Sindarin poetry and, as a visual artist, is inspired by Tolkien's mythology. Some of her drawings can be seen at the ROTR. In her daily life, she works as a graphical designer / illustrator and as a computer programmer.
Independent author on Tolkien and the Inklings
Colin writes books, often related to Tolkien, edits and lectures. He has appeared as a commentator on extended version DVDs of Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, and many other documentaries. His biography of Tolkien for the general reader, published by Lion Hudson, is due out in October this year. Its title is J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend. Another book, part of an entertaining and instructive series by David & Charles, appears in November--this is Amazing and Extraordinary Facts: J. R. R. Tolkien. Colin has also contributed to The Tolkien Encyclopedia and other tomes relating to Tolkien. He has spoken at a variety of conferences on Tolkien (as well as on C. S. Lewis and the Inklings) in the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Poland, Finland, and the UK.
Susan Edwards, an ex-teacher and parish worker, thanks to her father has loved the good use of English from childhood. She first read Tolkien's works in the late 60's. She has been a member of the TS since the Aston Conference in 2005. She lives in West Cumbria, belongs to the Whitehaven Writers, where she particularly enjoys writing poetry, and likes walking and photography. She began to study Quenya in 2001, and is a founder member of the Forum I Parendili.
Anke Eissmann is a professional illustrator and art teacher, whose Tolkien- and fantasy-inspired work has been exhibited at galleries and international Tolkien gatherings. Anke has recently illustrated Beowulf and the Dragon for Walking Tree Publishers. She was Artist Guest of Honor at Tolkien 2005.
Mick Ennis has been running the Ironville Myth & Magic Tolkien Reading & Language Fellowship on a voluntary basis since February 2009. The objective is to raise aspirations and academic achievement through a study of J.R. R. Tolkien, along with other contemporary authors and poets, thereby encouraging entry to higher education from an area where student numbers are well below the national average. Two of the founder members of the group are still involved (Year 10); and conference and seminar presentations have been made in Germany, Spain and various parts of the UK, including a paper on the linguistic roots of The Hobbit : “ From Finland to Bag End “ at the 2012 Derbyshire Literature Festival. Before contributing to English teaching and after school clubs at Ironville School, Mick worked as an editor for academic publishers in England and The Netherlands ; and in corporate publicity for a leading international textile company in Bridgwater and Derby. After gaining a B.A. in Philosophy, Mick carried out postgraduate research in linguistics at the University of Leicester. Mick was first introduced to Tolkien’s work when a Year 5 teacher read The Hobbit as a class novel. This proved to be the spark igniting a lifelong love of Middle earth, which remains as strong today as it was in that primary school class well over 40 years ago !
Pamina Fernandez Camacho
My name is Pamiina Fernandez Camacho, and I am a Tolkien enthusiast from Cadiz, Spain. I am currently 25 years old, working on the University of Cadiz as a lecturer and writing my PhD thesis at the same time. My field is Classical Studies, especially anything pertaining to the Greek and Roman idea of the West. This made me develop a strong interest for the Akallabêth and Tolkien´s Númenor-related writings.
Jose Manuel Ferrandez Bru
Spanish Tolkien Society
Founder member and former president of the Spanish Tolkien Society. He published numerous articles about Tolkien since 1991 specially in Estel, the magazine of the Spanish Tolkien Society. In 2011 he published in Tolkien Studies VIII: "Wingless fluttering. Some personal connections in Tolkien's formative years" and also in Mallorn 51 "J.R.R. Tolkien and the Spanish Civil War". In 2008, he was technical adviser and coordinator at the conference "Tolkien beyond the screen" with the unusual presence of members of the Tolkien family. He has an special interest on the author's connection with Spain through Fr. Francis and other people.
Author and lecturer on fantasy literature. Dimitra published Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits in 2008, which subsequently won the 2010 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies, and has contributed to Tolkien Studies, J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia, Folklore, Silver Leaves, Mallorn and the book Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy.
Specialist in myth studies and comparative mythology; a professor at Maryland University, teacher, author and public speaker. Author of a range of books on myth and Tolkien, including Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World, Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie and Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth (co-edited with Carl Hostetter). Recently, she has edited Smith of Wootton Major, Tolkien On Fairy-stories (with Douglas A. Anderson) and is a co-editor of the Tolkien Studies journal. She was a guest at Tolkien 2005.
Troels Forchhammer is a Danish Master of Science working in the telecommunications industry. In private Troels is the father of four, an active group scout leader, and Tolkien enthusiast. He utilizes his analytical skills in analysis of Tolkien’s works, being an active member of the Tolkien Society and the Mythopoeic Society as well as being active in several internet-based fora. In 2008 Troels presented his paper, 'Voices of a Music: Models of Free Will in Tolkien's Middle-earth' at the annual Tolkien Society seminar.
Lorenzo Gammarelli is a member of Roman Society of Tolkien Studies, is a member of “Tolkien e dintorni” Scientific Review Committee for Marietti publisher. He is the translator several of Tolkien works (Smith of Wootton Major, Farmer Giles of Ham). He translated John Garth's "Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth". He contributed to Tom Shippey's "The Road to Middle-earth" (2005), "Death and Immortality in the Works of JRR Tolkien" for Marietti (2009) and Walking Trees publishers (2012). He contributed with many articles to Endòre, Minas Tirith, and Nugae Italian fanzines.
Angie has recently received her 25 year badge from the Chair of the Tolkien Society to mark her quarter of a century of official fandom. In this time she has been on several sub-committees – including being the Events manager for the 1992 Centenary Conference at Keble College; entertained at more than twenty Oxonmoots; been a book and ephemera dealer; raised funds for the Tolkien Memorial Centre; attended various Seminars and AGM’s; written (with the help of other TS members) the questions – and answers - for the Lord of the Rings Trivia Game; been the Quiz Mistress we all fear and had her first book published. This was Black and White Ogre Country; The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien. Her second and more substantial work – Wheelbarrows at Dawn - is currently awaiting publication.
John Garth is the author of Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth, winner of the Mythopoeic Award for Scholarship. He voiced the HarperCollins audiobook, and has spoken internationally at conferences including Tolkien 2005. He has reviewed books including The Children of Húrin and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún for the TLS, Times, Sunday Telegraph, Observer, Evening Standard and others. He is a contributor to the Routledge J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia and to the upcoming Wiley Blackwell Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien. He lives with his wife Jessica and their daughter Lorelei. His website is www.johngarth.co.uk.
Peter Gilliver is an Associate Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. He has been working on the Dictionary since 1987, and is one of the most experienced members of the team now engaged in the preparation of the OED's third edition. He is also researching a history of the project, to be published by Oxford University Press, and has published numerous articles and papers on the Dictionary and its contributors, including Tolkien. He is the author (with Jeremy Marshall and Edmund Weiner) of The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary (2006). In April this year he and Robin Darwall-Smith gave a series of joint lectures in the southern United States, under the auspices of the English-Speaking Union, with the title "Not Yet an Inkling: The Early Oxford Years of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien".
University of Exeter
Nick Groom is Professor of English at the University of Exeter. He has published widely on subjects ranging from eighteenth-century crime writing to erotic literature and is the author of several books including The Forger’s Shadow (Picador, 2002) and The Union Jack (Atlantic, 2006). His most recent books, The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press) and The Seasons (Atlantic) will both be published in 2012, and he is currently working on a cultural history of British Saints’ Days. He lives with his family on Dartmoor, and is often to be found playing the hurdy-gurdy in his local pub.
A librarian at a private school in Yorkshire, Sandra Hall has degrees in Classical Studies, Mathematics and a MA in history. She has long been interested in Tolkien and has completed three online courses with Dr Dimitra Fimi on Tolkien and fantasy literature. She has recently been taking some of the courses offered by Signum University, including 'Tolkien and the Epic', 'The Making of Myth: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien' and "The Arthur Story: History, Mystery, Myth".
YOKO HEMMI is a Professor of English at Keio University, Japan, where she teaches courses on English language, Tolkien and Medieval Irish and Welsh literature. Her research interests include Middle English romances, Celtic mythology and fairy legends. She has published a book (in Japanese) on Victorian Fairy Paintings as well as articles (in English) on fairy-lore themes such as the “Fairy Rade” and “changelings.” She has also translated Tolkien’s The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun and Imram into Japanese.
Honolulu Community College
LeiLani Hinds is an Associate Professor of English at Honolulu Community College where she teaches a class on Tolkien. She has been a Tolkien fan since the age of 19, has been a Mythopoeic Society member since the 1970's, and is an active member of Tol Andune, the Hawaii chapter of the Tolkien Society.
University of Chester
Dr James D. Holt is Senior Lecturer for Religious Education at the University of Chester. He holds BA, Masters and PhD (Mormon Theology) degrees from the University of Liverpool and an MEd (Religious Education) from the University of Birmingham, and a PGCE from MMU. Prior to joining Chester in 2009 James worked as a secondary RE teacher in Manchester for 12 years. James also lectures and researches extensively on Mormonism, currently serving on the editorial board of the IJMS.James loves all things Tolkien and utilises aspects of Tolkien's work in the courses he delivers on religion and the arts.
Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena / Walking Tree Publishers
THOMAS HONEGGER holds a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) where he taught Old and Middle English. He is the author of 'From Phoenix to Chauntecleer: Medieval English Animal Poetry' (1996), has edited several books with scholarly papers on the work of the late medievalist Prof. J.R.R. Tolkien and is series editor at Walking Tree Publishers. Apart from his publications on animals (real and imaginary) and Tolkien, he has written about Chaucer, Shakespeare, and medieval romance. He is, since 2002, Professor for English Medieval Studies at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena (Germany). Homepage: http://www2.uni-jena.de/fsu/anglistik/personen/thomas-honegger/
Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at Bristol University, and the author of fourteen books and scores of essays on different aspects of history, mostly in Britain but stretching across the globe at times. He is the currently the principal writer on the pagan elements in Tolkien's work, and the remarkable way in which they are blended in that work with Christianity and folklore.
Postgraduate student at Trinity College Dublin
I am a postgraduate student at Trinity College Dublin currently researching a PhD on J.R.R. Tolkien's theology of Creation. I teach a class on The Silmarillion for the Tolkien option course which forms part of the M.Phil on Popular Literature offered by the university. My research focuses on the influence of theology on Tolkien's work and his sources in early medieval theology as well as early twentieth century theological and scientific writings.
University of Central Oklahoma
Allen Jenkins was born in Frederick, MD, but calls the backwoods of Payne County Oklahoma his home. He attends the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Central Oklahoma, and works as an English Tutor. Allen is the president and representative of the Creative Studies Writer's Institute at UCO.
Gladys San Juan
Isaac Juan Tomas
My name is Isaac Juan Tomas and I am a M.A. student at Mythgard Institute. I am from Barcelona, Spain, but I currently live in Paris, France. Several years ago I did complete a M.A. in Spanish. Afterwards, I taught Linguistics at the University Autonoma of Barcelona for three years. Following that experience, I did fulfill a dream by going to Iceland and teaching there Spanish four years in the University of Iceland. Currently, I am working in the private sector. My passion has always been Tolkien and therefore I did enroll at Mythgard, institution which has given me the opportunity to share my love for Tolkien and Fantasy with other fellow students and scholars. I started reading The Hobbit in Catalan and Spanish when I was very young and I have never stopped reading anything Tolkien wrote since. The Children of Húrin is the book I prefer after reading it back in 2008 and it constitutes along with Melkor’s actions against Men the topics I like to spend my time working on.
Peter Kenny through a series of talks and presentations celebrates the internationally famous writer J.R.R. Tolkien. Peter has a diverse repertoire of presentations including informative talks to performances of the humorous and entertaining. A collector of Tolkien Memorabilia for more than thirty-five years Peter is the owner of probably one of the most diverse collections in existence, which includes some rare and most unusual collectibles. As a consequence, he has become a recognised specialist in his field and his knowledge of the subject has been acknowledged by his peers both at home and overseas.
University of Oulu, Finland
Jyrki Korpua (b.1977) is a university teacher and literary researcher who currently works for the University of Oulu, Finland. In 2012, he is also the editor of Avain – Finnish Review of Literary Studies. Korpua specializes in speculative fiction, literary history and graphic novels. He wrote his master's thesis in 2005 on Christian Platonic and Other Mythological Elements in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion (Oulu University Press). Korpua is vice president of the Society for Cultural Studies in Finland, president of the writing society Huutomerkki and president of the Finnish Amici Librorum–organization.
Christopher Kreuzer has been a member of the Tolkien Society since 1999, and lives and works in London. An occasional contributor to Amon Hen (including recently taking on the media listings column, now called Christopher's Clippings), he presented a paper at Tolkien 2005 ('Numbers in Tolkien') to which this paper is intended as a companion.
Michal Kára is Tolkien fan form The Czech Republic. He also likes music and is member of musical group False Fellowship, which creates and plays music inspired by Tolkien's world. He recently finished making a short movie / musical video about Niënor Níniel.
Ruth Lacon is a trained illustrator, a graduate of one of the UK's few specialist courses. She has been a member of the TS since 1986. Ruth has shown her art at Society gatherings as well as publishing in both Amon Hen and Mallorn over the years. Ruth has also presented papers at Oxonmoots and other meetings, as she is not only an artist but a critical writer deeply involved in the study of Tolkien's works.
Bram Lagendijk has been a member of Unquendor for more than ten years. He has been involved in the organization of the ‘Lustrumfeest’ last year. His passion is singing. He does so regularly as cantor of a Jewish congregation in Rotterdam.
Alex Lewis is a long-standing member of the TS, and been Chairman from 1988- 1992 and the run up to the Tolkien Centenary conference in Oxford, where he presented a paper. He has contributed to seminars and conferences on Tolkien for more than a quarter of a century and been a guest speaker at important Tolkien conferences internationally. With his co-author Elizabeth Currie he has written 3 books of Tolkien studies - Uncharted Realms or Tolkien (2002), Forsaken Realm of Tolkien (2005) and Epic Relm of Tolkien (2009). They are currently working on their fourth book of Tolkien studies - Arthurian Realm of Tolkien due out later this year. Alex also writes music, and has composed four song cycles based on stories from the Silmarillion, and is working on a fifth. He is currentlly serving the Tolkien Society as its Secretary.
Actor and filmmaker. In 2003 Kate founded Actors at Work Productions which ultimately led her to direct, and act in, the critically-acclaimed and widely-publicised fan-film Born of Hope. Born of Hope is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings and tells the story of Aragorn’s parents and grandparents, Arathorn, Gilraen, Arador, Dírhael and Ivorwen. The film was released online in 2009 and was mostly filmed at the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village in Suffolk.
independent or retired scholar
I came to my enjoyment of Tolkien through medieval studies. I hold a PhD from the University of Toronto and have publications in Canadian literature and papers presented to academic conferences on Charlotte Bronte. However, I left academe years ago to raise our children. I’ve been a member of an online Tolkien discussion group for almost ten years, have attended two Oxonmoots, and am a member of both Wellinghall Smial (Toronto) and the Tolkien Society. When I’m not indulging in my favourite pastime of reading, I am puttering about in my garden.
Franco Manni lives in Brescia, Italy. He has got degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He has been editor of two Italian Tolkien-related journals: “Terra di Mezzo” and “Endòre”. He was editor of several Tolkien-related Italian books and edited the Italian translation of Tom Shippey’s Author of the Century (Milano,2004). He organised three International Tolkien Conferences (Brescia, 2002-2004). At Birmingham 2005 he presented a paper on Tolkien and the WWII. His paper Real and Imaginary History in The Lord of the Rings apperead on “Mallorn”,issue 47.He debated with Tom Shippey at the Tolkien Conference "Tolkien e la Filosofia"(Modena, May 2010).
Fan Guest of Honour and editor of Beyond Bree, the journal of American Mensa’s Tolkien Special Interest Group. In 1980, she became the Co-ordinator of Mensa’s Tolkien S.I.G. The first issue of ‘The Tolkien S.I.G. News’ (later ‘Beyond Bree’) was published in March 1981. In the years that followed, Beyond Bree; has grown from its original 6 readers to more than a hundred in the United States and abroad. Nancy has presented papers at Tolkien conferences (including Mythcon, the Tolkien Centenary Conference, and Tolkien 2005), and is the author of Basic Quenya, a primer for Elvish.
Cole Matson has more than once been cast as a character called "Geeky Guy" – at least this time the character has a name. He is currently working on a PhD in Theology & Theatre at the University of St Andrews, where he occasionally meets up with a group of guys in a pub to read poetry (recently SIGURD & GUDRUN). He is a recent graduate of Oxford University, where he dissertated on C.S. Lewis and art, and lived in Lewis' house as a Scholar-in-Residence. He previously graduated from NYU Tisch Drama. Cole's favourite movie is THE FELLOWS HIP. Cole's second favourite movie is THE LORD OF THE RINGS. His favourite book is THE LORD OF THE RINGS. His favourite author is J.R.R. Tolkien. His middle name is in Sindarin Elvish, and he would not put it past himself to name his first child Faramir. He is producing the epic fantasy play THE WORLD OVER at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. You should all come see it, starting tomorrow.
Jamie McGregor is a lecturer in English at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Since 2009 he has taught an elective course in Modern British Fantasy, 1916-1977 (covering Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, T.H. White and Mervyn Peake). His special interest in the relationship of Wagnerian opera to English literature forms the subject of a recent article, “Two Rings to Rule them All: A Comparative study of Tolkien and Wagner” (Mythlore. 29.3/4). An earlier article, "'The Sea, Music and Death': The Shadow of Wagner in Woolf's Mrs Dalloway" (English Studies in Africa. 49.2), was awarded the Thomas Pringle Award for 2008.
Laura Miller-Purrenhage is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Kettering University in Flint, MI. Having received her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan, Dr. Miller-Purrenhage has taught Poetry, Masterpieces of Literature, Leadership and Ethics, and World Literature. A life-long fan of Tolkien, Miller-Purrenhage will be teaching seminars on Tolkien in the spring and summer at Kettering.
Andrew Morton is a retired teacher, an active song writer and musician, who, because of his Midlands connections, has published two short books on Tolkien's early life. "Tolkien's Gedling" and "Tolkien's Bag End" both seek to present new material on little researched areas of the writer's life.Andrew has also presented three papers at the Tolkien Society's Oxonmoot over the last few years.
Renowned Tolkien artist. Has illustrated the most-recent edition of The Silmarillion and Robert Foster’s The Complete Guide to Middle-earth as well as an impressive number of Tolkien Calendars including the 1992 Tolkien Centenary one. Was the guest speaker at the 2003 Tolkien Society Annual Dinner and a guest at Tolkien 2005.
Born in 1970 and studied Mathematics and Musicology in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, receiving a PhD in Musicology in 2005. A member of the Israeli Tolkien Society and the Jerusalem Tolkien Group since 2003 and a lecturer on their behalf in several SciFi and Fantasy conferences. An article, "Tonality, Atonality, and the Ainulindale", has appeared in the book "Music in Middle-Earth" in 2010.
Corey Olsen is an Assistant Professor of English at Washington College in Maryland and the President and founder of the Mythgard Institute, a new online teaching center for the study of Tolkien and other works of imaginative literature. Through podcasts and his teaching website, The Tolkien Professor, Professor Olsen brings his scholarship on Tolkien to the public.
Pat Reynolds is a long-time Tolkien fan. She is the society's archivist, and has volunteered at the Return of the Ring in various roles.
Z.A. Rhone is a Ph.D. Literature and Criticism candidate at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Instructor in English at Alfred University. He has spoken at numerous conferences on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton, including the British J.R.R. Tolkien Society and the C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society. His most recent publications include an article on collaborative research in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences and the “Foreword” to the fifth edition of Charles E. Bressler’s Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice. He also serves as Editorial Assistant and Web Designer for the journal Works and Days.
Martin Romberg was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1978. He studied composition with Michael Jarrell and film music with Klaus Peter Sattler at the University of Music in Vienna, Austria. His works have been performed throughout Europe by numerous performers and institutions. At the present Romberg lives and works as a full time composer in southern France. He is interested mainly in the field of fantasy art, basing his last works on mythology, folk legends, and fantasy literature.
Comedic performer and star of ‘One Man LOTR’. Following the success of his production ‘One Man Star Wars Trilogy’, Charlie Ross turned to The Lord of the Rings for his next show, a work which he fell in love with as a child. Charlie, a Canadian actor, has toured worldwide with ‘One Man Lord of the Rings’ and will be taking a break from his run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to come down to Loughborough to give an exclusive performance to full attendees of The Return of the Ring.
Harm Schelhaas is a frequent visitor of national and international Tolkien events and one of Unquendor's representatives in the International Tolkien Fellowship (ITF). He is currently working on a revision of the Dutch translation of J.E.A. Tyler's Tolkien Lexicon.
Tom Shippey has been involved with Tolkien's work for more than forty years now, but tells us that he is still surprised by how much he's missed. In successive books he has considered Tolkien within the great tradition of comparative philology, and within the disturbed contexts of his own time, politically, professionally, and with regard to literature. Many of his papers given to Tolkien societies round the world have been collected in the volume Roots and Branches, from Walking Tree Press.
A writer and broadcaster, Brian Sibley's work for the BBC has included a radio abridgement of The Hobbit read by Michael Hordern and a highly-acclaimed dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings starring Ian Holm as well as various programmes and recordings devoted to that series. His books include Tolkien's Maps of Middle-earth (with John Howe), The Fellowship of the Ring: The Official Movie Guide and The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy. The first of two book on the making of The Hobbit films will be published in the autumn. He is an honorary member of the Tolkien Society and holds the Society's Gold Badge.
Murray Smith was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. A Tolkien fan since the age of twelve, he was called to the Irish Bar in 1999, has written a number of articles on historical and legal topics, and has given lectures on Tolkien at conferences in the UK since 2004.
Ian Spittlehouse has been a trustee of the Tolkien Society since 2010 as Officer Without Portfolio. During his time on the main committee of the Society he has been involved with both new and existing activities that promote interest in the life and times of J.R.R. Tolkien. He has been working with the Leeds Civic Trust on the commissioning of a blue plaque and has attended the Middle-earth Weekend at Sarehole Mill. Both of these projects are examples of ‘local ownership’ and cites the benefits to the surrounding community as being one of the Society’s ongoing interests as an educational resource.
German Tolkien Society
Heidi Steimel was born and educated in the U.S.A. and holds a Bachelor of Music from Grace University, Omaha, Nebraska. She now lives in Germany, where she has served as a church musician, piano teacher, translator and interpreter. She is actively involved in the German Tolkien Society and has co-edited the book "Music in Middle-earth".
Tolkien and Charles Williams Societies
76 years old, living at Milton Keynes. MA, DPhil (Oxon), BSC (Open). Longstanding member of the Tolkien Society, and of the Charles Williams Society (of which I am Secretary). Occupation: Clerk in Holy Orders (retired). Author of "Four Christian Fantasists" (Walking Tree Publishers).
Istituto Filosofico di Studi Tomistici
Claudio Antonio Testi is secretary of the Philosophycal Institute of Thomistical Studies of Modena, where he teaches logic and cosmology, and where he coordinates a series of Tolkien Seminars concerning “The Hobbit”, that have the patronage of Tolkien Society. Since 2005 he has been co-editor of the series “Tolkien e dintorni”, a collection of critical studies and translations concerning Tolkien like: T. Shippey, The Road to Middle-earth; V.Flieger, Splintered Light, J.Garth Tolkien and the Great War. His publications (24 articles, 13 book as author or editor) range from essays in formal logic and epistemology to studies concerning Tolkien.
Anna Thayer (née Slack)
Anna Thayer (nee Slack) graduated from the University of Cambridge with first class honours in 2005. She has written a variety of academic papers on Tolkien, published between 2005 and the present by Walking Tree Publications, and is a regular face on the European Tolkien lecture circuit. She is also the general English editor of PortalEditions; she is the editor of their volume 'Doors in the Air: C. S. Lewis and the Imaginative World'. Anna's own novel, 'The Traitor's Heir', was published in 2011 and she is currently working on the release of a sequel. Anna currently works as an English teacher at an independent school.
Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kristin Thompson received her Ph.D. in cinema studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has co-authored two introductory film textbooks and has published nine monographs in the field, including The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood, written with the cooperation of the filmmakers. In literary studies, she has published Wooster Proposes, Jeeves Disposes, or Le Mot Juste and is at work on a book-length analysis of Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. She is also an Egyptologist, participating annually in the expedition to Tell el-Amarna, where she registers statuary fragments.
Michael Tolkien was born in Birmingham in January 1943, and is a grandson of the late J.R.R Tolkien. He was brought up in a rural community in the Chiltern Hills, South Oxfordshire until 1956. Following his father's changes of employment, he returned to suburban Birmingham for two years before moving to the Vale of Pickering in North Yorkshire and to Ribblesdale in Lancashire. He feels a close and lasting affinity with these two places. He studied for an MA in English Language and Literature at the University of St Andrews, and a B.Phil in Restoration and 18th Century English Literature at Merton College, Oxford. He settled in Rutland and was a secondary school teacher from 1968 until early retirement due to ill health in 1994. Since then he has worked as a freelance lecturer, in adult education, and focused on his own writing and reviewing. He has married three times since 1967 and is thankful for all the best memories and unique qualities and gifts of children, step-children and grandchildren.
University of Jena, Germany
Allan Turner first trained as a medievalist before gaining qualifications in general linguistics and translation studies. He has been involved in education at many levels, but has spent most of his career teaching English to university students in Germany and Switzerland. His research interests in Tolkien lie in the fields of translation and stylistics.
Renée Vink is one of the founding members of Unquendor. She has recently released a book about Wagner & Tolkien and translated the verse from The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún to Dutch. In 1988 she was awarded Unquendor's Golden Pin of Merit.
Constance G. Wagner
Saint Peter's College -- Jersey City, New Jersey USA
Constance G.J. Wagner, a freelance writer, editor, and poet, is the Director of the Writing Program at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her life-long absorption in works of myth and fantasy is reflected in many of her own current works-in-progress which include: a book-length analysis of Frodo as sacrificial hero in The Lord of the Rings; a novel rooted in Celtic imagery and lore; a collection of writing meditations inspired by goddess mythology; and a poetry chapbook exploring faerie and fantasy motifs.
Mark Walker has taught Latin to adults and children for several years. His published work includes the English translation of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The Life of Merlin (Vita Merlini), the historical novel Amida, and three Latin-themed books: Annus Horribilis: Latin for Everyday Life, Annus Mirabilis: More Latin for Everyday Life, and Britannica Latina: 2,000 Years of British Latin. He is also the founder and editor of VATES: The Journal of New Latin Poetry.
Martin Wambsganss lives and works in Tübingen as a lecturer for children's literature, comics, media pedagogics, and computing at some Universities and Open Universities in the area. He has been dancing in folk dance groups for a couple of years, is member of a ceilidh band, sings with friends and occasionally composes songs to entertain them.
Frank Wasmus is a member of the executive committee of Unquendor, the Dutch Tolkien Society. The Middle-earth drama workshop is based on a workshop Unquendor held at one of our their annual feasts some years ago. Frank did not follow drama-school, but is a member of the Unquendor Stageplay Group and performed in two plays. The aim of the workshop is to amuse the Return of the Ring participants, not to create new Ian McKellen's!
German Tolkien Society
Christian Weichmann is a physicist, who works as a technical software developer for train control systems. He read Tolkien in german and english while in school (but not for school). Since 1999 he is a member of the TS and the DTG (german TS). And later he became also a member of Unquendor (dutch TS) and the ÖTG (austrian TS). His academic interest, presentation and publications are diverse and on margin themes. But he is also known to present special kinds of games on tolkien subjects. He also likes to travel to international Tolkien related events.
Sjoerd van der Weide
Sjoerd van der Weide has been a member of Unquendor for over 25 years. Over the years Sjoerd has contributed many articles, reviews and essays to Lembas, Unquendor's bulletin. In 2006 he was awarded Unquendor's Golden Pin of Merit.
Lynn Whitaker is an academic in media and cultural policy, having completed her PhD at University of Glasgow in the UK production of children's public service broadcasting, prior to this she was a high school teacher of English and Drama. Her research interests cover all aspects of children's media and she also works in the field of socio-legal studies at the Centre for Rural Childhood, University of the Highlands and Islands. Lynn joined the TS in 2005 and has published in Mythlore and Mallorn: she is representing the TS at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Gwydion Madawc Williams
Born in Sussex, with a Welsh father and a mother from Devon. Lived most of my life in London or East Anglia, currently Peterborough. Sixty years old, still working as a Computer Analyst and finding time for a very wide range of interests. A long-time Tolkien fan and TS member. Reader of science fiction and fantasy, also history, philosophy and popular science.
University of Essex
I am currently researching my PhD entitled "The psychological dynamics of power and loss in the legendarium of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth". I utilise both mythological theory and a syncretic psychoanalytical approach to examine the ambiguous representation of creation and apocalypse underlying Tolkien’s narratives. I examine how Tolkien’s creation of language and manipulation of narrative style and structure are representative of Modernist experimentation with form, how the Freudian dynamics of mourning and melancholia are represented in mythic representations of fall, exile and mortality.
Chris Woolfrey writes, reads and records. He is the co-editor of Banner, a bi-annual magazine of words and images which can be shared and remixed legally. Chris recently completed a thesis on what internet communities can do to improve a reading of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' GSOH, WLTM similar. See http://chriswoolfrey.co.uk.
Jessica Yates read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, specialising in the mediaeval and early modern periods. She joined the Tolkien Society 40 years ago, and was a founder member of Oxonmoot in 1974. She was the Society's second Secretary, from 1976-1980, and has also edited Amon Hen. She retired two years ago from her job as a school librarian, and throughout her career she has written and lectured on children's literature, SF and fantasy. Her lectures on Tolkien the anti-totalitarian (1992), and on William Morris's influence on Tolkien (2005), were published in the respective conference proceedings.
Cecile van Zon
Cécile van Zon has been a member of Unquendor for over 25 years. Besides many contributions to Lembas throughout the years, she is currently the editor of Lembas Extra (Unquendor's academic journal). In 2006 she was awarded Unquendor's Golden Pin of Merit.
Guest storyteller at The Return of the Ring
As well as a storyteller, Cindy Zudys is a teacher of dance and movement. She also teaches Creative Dance Workshops, has extensive experience of movement therapy and is a trained counsellor. She is married to writer Colin Duriez and lives in the Lake District. Cindy has been teaching Pilates technique of body control for over 40 years since training in the sixties with one of Joseph Pilates' original students. She has gained a Masters Degree in Human Movement Studies trained at the London College of Osteopaths, has taught dance, yoga and aerobics.
FellowsHip film crew
Xavier de la Huerga
Born in Spain in 1963, settled in the UK since 1989. 1975: Numerous prizes as illustrator and painter during youth. Individual and collective exhibitions. 1986: Head Designer for stained-glass window makers Vitrea. Own music program in local Radio. 1989: Move to London. Focus on music, touring, recording, several collaborations. 1995: Vippassana Meditation undertaken as a regular practice. Eco-build work 1998: Gnostic studies. Urban Cultural Regeneration Work with Green Angels (London) 2003: Start of ongoing involvement with the Eco-Village Movement after invitation to facilitate workshop at Global Eco-village Conference (Tennessee, USA). 2004: Move to Bath. Focus shift to photography and graphic design. Cultural History and Mythology studies. 2007: Permaculture studies, Low Impact Architecture and Sacred Geometry studies/hands-on work. Web design 2009: Acting and background work for TV series. Archaeoastronomy studies. 2010 to prtesent: Writing book on pre-historic roots of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Geometry and Anthropology studies. Production of a re-interpretation of the ancient 'Game of the Goose' board game.Tolkien essay on The Notion Club Papers. Recording new songs for forthcoming album. www.lightcracks.com