Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D. (Editor)
Independent scholar and librarian
Bradford Lee Eden is an independent scholar and librarian whose past positions include Dean and Professor of Library Services at Valparaiso University; Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Head, Web and Digitization Services, and Head, Bibliographic and Metadata Services for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries. He is on the editorial boards of Library Hi Tech and The Journal of Film Music. He has a master's and Ph.D. degrees in musicology, as well as an MS in library science. He publishes in the areas of metadata, library leadership and management, medieval music and liturgy, and J.R.R. Tolkien. His two books Innovative Redesign and Reorganization of Library Technical Services: Paths for the Future and Case Studies (Libraries Unlimited, 2004) and More Innovative Redesign and Reorganization of Library Technical Services (Libraries Unlimited, 2009) are used and cited extensively in the field. He is the author of Metadata and Its Applications (ALA TechSource, 2002), 3D Visualization Techniques (ALA TechSource, 2005), Innovative Digital Projects in the Humanities (ALA TechSource, 2005), Metadata and Its Applications: New Directions and Updates (ALA TechSource, 2005), FRBR: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (ALA TechSource, 2006), and Information Organization Future for Libraries (ALA TechSource, 2007). His recent books include Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien (McFarland, 2010); The Associate University Librarian Handbook: A Resource Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2012); Leadership in Academic Libraries: Connecting Theory to Practice (Scarecrow Press, 2014); and the twelve-volume series Creating the 21st-Century Academic Library (Scarecrow Press, 2015-17).
Douglas A. Anderson (Book Reviews Editor)
Douglas A. Anderson’s first book was The Annotated Hobbit (1988; revised and enlarged 2002), and he co-founded Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, co-editing it for eight volumes from 2004 through 2011. He has edited many books, and his anthologies include Tales Before Tolkien (2003), H. P. Lovecraft’s Favorite Weird Tales (2005), and Tales Before Narnia (2008). With Verlyn Flieger, he co-edited Tolkien On Fairy-Stories (2008). He writes regularly on older fantasy and supernatural literature in journals and blogs, and runs a small publishing imprint Nodens Books.
John R. Holmes, Ph.D.
Department of English
Franciscan University of Steubenville
The Rev. John William Houghton, Ph.D.
Firestone Endowment Chaplain
The Hill School
Chair, Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy
The Rev. John Wm. Houghton, Ph.D., has contributed to Beyond Bree, Mythlore, Mythprint, Tolkien the Medievalist, Tolkien Studies and the J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia and has been active in Tolkien fandom since the 1970s. An Episcopal priest, he is the Firestone Endowment Chaplain and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he teaches ethics and philosophical theology. He completed degrees in English and in Systematic Theology before taking his doctoral degree at the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame with a dissertation on the Acts commentaries of St. Bede the Venerable. He is the author of a fantasy novel, Rough Magicke, and of Falconry and Other Poems.
Robin Anne Reid, Ph.D
Robin Anne Reid was a professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce for twenty-seven years before retiring in May 2020. Her teaching areas were creative writing, marginalized literatures, stylistics, and critical theory. She co-directed two N. E. H Institutes for School Teachers on Teaching Tolkien (2004, 2009) with Dr. Judy Ann Ford, History, A&M-Commerce. She and Dr. Ford team-taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, in face to face and online modalities. She and Dr. Ford collaborated on essays on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, and another joint essay, "'. . . things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be:' Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings On-Line," was published in Leslie Donovan's Approaches to Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Other Works (MLA 2015). Reid's Tolkien scholarship includes bibliographic essays: "The History of Scholarship on Female Characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's (Perilous and Fair, eds. Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie. Donovan) and "Race in Tolkien Studies: A Bibliographic Essay" (Tolkien and Alterity, eds. Christopher Vaccaro and Yvette Kisor). Her stylistic analysis of female bodies appeared in The Body in Tolkien's Legendarium (Vaccaro) and an essay on "Mythology and History: A Stylistic Analysis of The Lord of the Rings" was published in Style (Winter 2009). She has published on Tolkien fan fiction in "Thrusts in the Dark: Slashers' Queer Practices" (Extrapolation, Fall 2009) and is currently working on an essay about an Alternate Universe (AU) fanfiction, Thorinsmut's "Free Orcs AU," which presents a transformative view of Tolkien's Orcs as fighting against Sauron for their freedom and creating their own homeland. Other projects include a reception study of atheist, agnostic, and animist readers of Tolkien's legendarium and an anthology (co-edited with Christopher Vaccaro and Stephen Yandell), titled "We Could Do With a Bit More Queerness in These Parts": Tolkien's Queer Legendarium. She organized the paper sessions for Tolkien at Kalamazoo from 2007-2011, and currently runs the Tolkien Studies area of the Popular Culture Association which she created in 2014. She is happily looking forward to a second career as an independent scholar and finishing up all those works in progress.
Kristine Larsen, Ph.D.
Professor of Astronomy
Department of Geological Sciences
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, Connecticut
Kris Larsen's Tolkien scholarship focuses on the intersections between Middle-earth and science, as well as issues of women and Tolkien. Her work has been published in Tolkien Studies, Mallorn, Amon Hen, Lembas Extra, and Silver Leaves, as well as a number of edited collections, including Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works (Modern Language Association, 2015), Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien (Mythopoeic Press, 2015), The Hobbit and Tolkien's Mythology (McFarland Publishers, 2014), Author of the New Century: T. A. Shippey and the Creation of the Next Canon (McFarland Publishers, 2014), Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays (McFarland Publishers, 2011), Music in Middle-earth (Walking Tree Press, 2010) and The Mirror Crack'd: Fear and Horror in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and its Sources (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).
Helen Young, Ph.D.
Department of English
Faculty of Arts and Social Science
University of Sydney
Helen Young holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts/Creative Arts (Hons I) from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research interests include fantasy, medievalism, and critical whiteness studies. Her recent publications include Race and Popular Fantasy Literature: Habits of Whiteness (Routledge, 2016), and two edited collections from Cambria Press: Fantasy and Science Fiction Medievalisms: From Isaac Asimiv to A Game of Thrones, and The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre.
Christopher T. Vaccaro, Ph.D.
University of Vermont
Christopher T. Vaccaro is Senior Lecturer of English language and literature at the University of Vermont. Since 1999, he has taught courses on Beowulf, Old English language and literature, Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, and British literature surveys. He has an essay in Mallorn, a chapter in the forthcoming collection Beowulf and Tolkien, entries in the Tolkien Encyclopedia, has edited two thematic collections on Tolkien’s legendarium, and is currently working on essays exploring Tolkien’s relationship to Christian Neoplatonic thought and a book-length investigation into the intersections of love, friendship, loyalty, and death in the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf.
Andrew Higgins, Ph.D.
Dr. Andrew Higgins is a Tolkien scholar who specializes in the role of language invention in Tolkien and in other fiction. Andrew did his post graduate work at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His PhD thesis ‘The Genesis of Tolkien’s Mythology" explored the interrelated nature of myth and language in Tolkien’s earliest work on his legendarium. He has also co-edited with Dr. Dimitra Fimi A Secret Vice: J.R.R. Tolkien on Language Invention - a new edition of Tolkien's 1931 talk published by Harper Collins in April 2016. This spring Andrew taught a 13-week online course for Signum University/Mythgard Institute called ‘Language Invention through Tolkien’ and he is currently working on turning his thesis into a book and also planning another book surveying language invention in all of fiction from Thomas More to Elvish to Dothraki. Andrew has given Tolkien-related papers at The UK Tolkien Society, the International Medieval Conference at both Kalamazoo and Leeds, and The Mythopoeic Society.
Allan Turner, Ph.D.
Dr. Allan Turner has interests in a wide area of language, with a B.A. in German, master’s degrees in both general linguistics and medieval studies, and a Ph.D. in translation studies. He has spent the greater part of his career teaching at universities in Germany and Switzerland; prior to his recent retirement he was Co-ordinator of English Language at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena. He has a particular interest in stylistic aspects of Tolkien, and is the author of Translating Tolkien (Peter Lang, 2005), editor of The Silmarillion: 30 Years On and co-editor (with Julian Eilmann) of Tolkien’s Poetry (both Walking Tree Publishers, 2007 and 2013). In addition he has contributed to The J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2006) and the Companion to J. R. R Tolkien (Blackwell, 2014). For his 65th birthday he was honoured with a festschrift, From Peterborough to Faëry: The Poetics and Mechanics of Secondary Worlds, edited by Thomas Honegger and Dirk Vanderbeke (Walking Tree, 2014).