- Notes on Contributors
Nils Ivar Agøy is Professor of Modern History at Telemark University College, Norway. He is a founding member of Arthedain—The Tolkien Society of Norway (1981)—and has written and spoken extensively on Tolkienian subjects. His publications in this field include Mytenes mann: J.R.R. Tolkien og hans forfatterskap (The Man of the Myths: J.R.R. Tolkien and his Writings, 2003) and, as editor, Between Faith and Fiction: Tolkien and the Powers of His World (1998). He has also translated The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Unfinished Tales, The Children of Húrin and Mr. Bliss into Norwegian. Tolkienian research interests include Tolkien and Christianity, Tolkien and cultural identity, and Tolkien’s sub-creation theory.
Merlin DeTardo is the director of theatre operations 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 graduate of Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.
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 the late medievalist Prof. J.R.R. Tolkien and three volumes with essays on Old and Middle English language and literature. Apart from his publications on animals (real and imaginary) and Tolkien, he has written about Chaucer, Shakespeare, and medieval romance. His ‘Habilitationsschrift’ (second Ph.D.) focused on the interaction between lovers in medieval narrative fiction. He is, since 2002, Professor for English Medieval Studies at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena (Germany). Home page: http://www.anglistik.uni-jena.de/personen/thomas-honegger/
Michael Organ is Manager of Repository Services and former University Archivist at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is a relative newcomer to Tolkien studies but has previously published in areas of German film history, Australian art history, geology and library and archival studies. His is co-author of the book Koala: a [End Page 309] historical biography and author of the article “Please, Ma’am, is this New Zealand? Or Australia?—The Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland Books in Australia.”
Hope Rogers is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received her A.B. in English and Linguistics and worked extensively with the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). She will be starting the Ph.D. program in English at Princeton University in the fall and plans to study nineteenth-century British literature and women writers.
Benjamin Saxton is a lecturer at Rice University and a research associate at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He studies modernist fiction, fantasy literature (especially Lewis and Tolkien), and narrative medicine. His current work focuses on deformity and disability in the fiction of William Faulkner, Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor, and David Foster Wallace.
Derek Shank is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at the University of Western Ontario. Drawing on his background in classical languages, his dissertation investigates the aesthetics of Hellenism in the Romantic period. He also dabbles in medieval and Renaissance literature and is an avid reader of fantasy.
Kris Swank is Library Director at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona and a graduate student at Signum University and its sister institution the Mythgard Institute, an online center for scholarship in fantasy and science fiction literature. She is a contributing blogger at TheHogsHead.org as well as a contributor to a forthcoming collection of essays on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. She has written on library issues for several books and journals including Library Journal, American Libraries, The Successful Academic Librarian (Information Today, 2005) and Writing & Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook (ALA, 2010).
Claudio Antonio Testi obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Bologna and is member and cofounder of the Philosophical Institute of Thomistical Studies, where he...