Amy M. Amendt-Raduege is a recovering biologist who spent four years doing research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently, however, she is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Marquette University. Her dissertation, "The Bitter and the Sweet," focuses on death and dying in The Lord of the Rings.
Douglas A. Anderson is co-editor of Tolkien Studies.
David Bratman reviews books on Tolkien for Mythprint, the monthly bulletin of The Mythopoeic Society, for which he served as editor from 1980-1995. He has edited The Masques of Amen House by Charles Williams, compiled the authorized bibliography of Ursula K. Le Guin, and contributed articles on Tolkien to the journals Mallorn and Mythlore and the book Tolkien's Legendarium (ed. Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter). His documentary chronology of the Inklings is in press as an appendix to The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Diana Pavlac Glyer. He holds an M.L.S. from the University of Washington and has worked as a librarian at Stanford University and elsewhere.
Michael D.C. Drout is co-editor of Tolkien Studies.
Richard W. Fehrenbacher is Associate Professor of English at the University of Idaho, where he teaches classes in medieval literature, literary theory, and new media. He has published on Chaucer and Malory in such journals as Exemplaria, The Chaucer Review, and Arthuriana.
Karen Wynn Fonstad, whose M.A. from the University of Oklahoma was in Geography with a specialization in cartography, was the author/cartographer of The Atlas of Middle-earth (1981), Revised edition (1991). She also wrote several other atlases of fictional worlds, including The Atlas of Pern (1984), The Atlas of The Land (1985), The Atlas of the Dragonlance World (1987), The Forgotten Realms Atlas (1990). Karen died untimely in March of 2005.
James I. McNelis, III is Associate Professor of English at Wilmington College, Ohio. He teaches British literature survey, Shakespeare, linguistics/history of the language, and a regular (sometimes multi-section) course on The Lord of the Rings. He has published on a range of medieval topics including bestiaries, Arthurian literature, Beowulf, and Chaucer. He is the editor of Envoi: A Review Journal of Medieval Literature, and of the Medieval Science Web Page. [End Page 277]
Gergely Nagy is a Junior Assistant Professor at the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Szeged, Hungary, writing his Ph.D. on J. R. R. Tolkien, medieval cultural history and poststructuralist literary theory. His academic interests include Middle English romances (mainly Arthurian), science fiction, and contemporary popular music. He has published essays on Tolkien, Chaucer, Malory, and contemporary rock music.
James Obertino teaches English, American, and comparative literature at Central Missouri State University. He has published papers on Milton and Tolkien.
Maria Prozesky (Department of English, University of Pretoria, South Africa) is interested in the medieval period, particularly Anglo-Saxon and Sir Thomas Malory, and in South African literature from the pre-colonial and early colonial periods. With a first degree in medical science, she enjoys exploring comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to literature. She is a member of the Pretoria University Inklings society.
Martin Simonson studied English Philology at the University of the Basque Country in Vitoria, Spain and holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the same university. His doctoral thesis focused on the narrative dynamics of The Lord of the Rings,with the main aim of putting this work in a meaningful relationship to both modernism and the critical approach based on source-hunting. He has contributed to Reconsidering Tolkien (2005), edited by Thomas Honegger. His current research is centered on the relationship between nineteenth-century transcendentalism and Tolkien.
Ross Smith is a translator and writer living in Madrid, Spain. He holds a degree in English from Edinburgh University and is a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Linguists and a government-appointed Intérprete Jurado (sworn legal translator). He contributes regularly to specialized language publications, writing principally on aspects of translation, computational linguistics, and the role of English as...