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Mary R. Bowman is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where she teaches courses in medieval and Renaissance literature. First trained as a Renaissance specialist, she has expanded her research interests to include medieval literature and modern medievalism, including the Inklings. She has previously published on C. S. Lewis in Mythlore and on Tolkien in Narrative, and has contributed an essay on film adaptations of Beowulf to a forthcoming collection.

Sherrylyn Branchaw is a Ph.D. student in the Program in Indo-European Studies at UCLA. Her dual research interests are the history of the English language and mythology. She wrote her dissertation on the development of English strong verbs, and she has also published an article on Welsh mythology entitled "Pwyll and Puruṣamedha: Human Sacrifice in the Mabinogi." (2008).

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 an appendix to Diana Pavlac Glyer's book The Company They Keep. He holds an M.L.S. from the University of Washington and has worked as a librarian at Stanford University and elsewhere.

Vladimir Brljak is a doctoral candidate and Junior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He is writing a dissertation on allegory in early modern English literature while teaching courses in pre-eighteenth-century English literature and literary theory. He has presented and published on his main research interests—allegory, Milton, Shakespeare—but occasionally writes on other topics as well, including Tolkien.

Rebecca Epstein is a recent graduate of Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.

Verlyn Flieger is co-editor of Tolkien Studies.

Thomas Fornet-Ponse studied Catholic theology, philosophy, and ancient history at Bonn and Jerusalem. He has worked as an inspector of [End Page 399] studies at Theologisches Studienjahr Jerusalem, is currently research assistant at Bonn University and has recently finished his Ph.D. thesis in fundamental and ecumenical theology. He is a committee member of the German Tolkien Society and is charged with conceptually coordinating its Tolkien Seminars as well as its yearbook Hither Shore—Interdisciplinary Journal on Modern Fantasy Literature. He has published several articles on philosophical and theological subjects in Tolkien (and other authors) in Hither Shore, Inklings-Jahrbuch and books published by Walking Tree Publishers.

John Garth is the author of Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth, winner of the Mythopoeic Award for Scholarship in Inklings Studies. He has reviewed books including Tolkien's The Children of Húrin and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún for The Times Literary Supplement, The Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Evening Standard and others; and he contributed key articles to the Routledge J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia. He has spoken on Tolkien at the National Army Museum in London, as a special guest of various societies, and at international conferences. He lives with his wife Jessica and their daughter Lorelei. More information, and further writings, can found at

Yoko Hemmi is an Associate 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.

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) and has edited several books with scholarly papers on the work of Tolkien, and three volumes with essays on Old and Middle English language and...


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