- Notes on Contributors
Lucas Annear is a graduate student in the department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Most of his current research is within language contact and sound change, studying especially Norwegian as a heritage language in the Midwest as well as the formation of regional dialects in Wisconsin. He is the primary student representative of the UW-Tolkien and Fantasy Society, whose meetings he attends regularly.
John M. Bowers is a medievalist whose books include The Crisis of Will in “Piers Plowman,” The Politics of “Pearl”: Court Poetry in the Age of Richard II, Chaucer and Langland: The Antagonistic Traditions, and the forthcoming Introduction to the “Gawain” Poet. Educated at Duke, Virginia, and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Merton College, he taught at Caltech and Princeton before settling at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His lecture series The Western Literary Canon in Context was released by The Teaching Company in its “Ground Courses” series, and recently he published his debut novel End of Story.
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.
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 (Praeger, 2004; winner of the Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Studies), has published articles on Tolkien in Mythlore, Mallorn, Tolkien Studies, and Seven, and is editor of two collections of essays: Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings (Mythopoeic Press, 2004) and Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes and Language (McFarland, 2006). She also writes on library issues, specializing in copyright. She is currently the editor of Mythlore and book review editor of Oklahoma Librarian, and serves on the board of the Mythopoeic Press. [End Page 309]
Deidre A. Dawson is Professor of Language and Culture in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. She has taught courses on Tolkien on a regular basis for nearly a decade, and has presented her research on Tolkien in Finland, Wales, and the United States. She has also contributed to Tolkien Studies and to Tolkien’s Modern Middle Ages (2005), edited by Jane Chance and Alfred K. Siewers.
Merlin DeTardo is the general manager at Cleveland Play House. He has contributed articles to the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment and reviews to Mythprint, and is a regular participant in the Reading Room forum at TheOneRing.net.
Rebecca Epstein has worked on the Tolkien Studies annual bibliographies since 2004, with the scope of her efforts increasing each year. She is a recent graduate of Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.
José Manuel Ferrández Bru, Computer Science Engineer, is a founding member and former president of the Spanish Tolkien Society. He has published numerous articles about Tolkien since 1991 but always in Spanish, especially in Estel, the magazine of the Spanish Tolkien Society. In 2008 he was technical adviser and coordinator at the conference “Tolkien beyond the screen” which included members of the Tolkien family. He has a special interest on the author’s connection with Spain through Fr. Francis Morgan and other people and is finalizing a biography of Fr. Francis.
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 also voiced the HarperCollins audiobook, and his supplementary writings on...