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  • Notes on Contributors

David Bratman is coeditor of Tolkien Studies.

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

Michael D.C. Drout is coeditor of Tolkien Studies.

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.

Verlyn Flieger is coeditor of Tolkien Studies.

Richard Z. Gallant holds a B.A. in both Russian and Eastern European Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Virginia. He has contributed to The United States in Global Contexts. American Studies after 9/11 and Iraq and recently authored a forthcoming review of Tolkien’s Poetry for the journal Hither Shore. He is currently writing his dissertation, which focuses on the role, function, and poetics of the dragon-slayer in early medieval Germanic literature, at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena (Germany).

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 contributed to the Blackwell Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien and the Routledge J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia, and he has written on Tolkien and related authors in the British national press and for The Daily Beast. He jointly taught the Oxford Tolkien Summer School 2014 and speaks regularly on Tolkien and other matters to general and specialist audiences, live and on air, in Britain and abroad. A blogger at, he works as a freelance writer and editor in Oxford, where he read English. For further information and selected writings, see

Nelson Goering is a D.Phil. candidate at the University of Oxford, where he studies the comparative philology of the Germanic languages and their Indo-European cousins. For his dissertation, he is working on problems in the meter of Germanic alliterative verse and certain related linguistic issues. He is also an administrator on the Lord of the Rings Plaza website, and he has lectured on Tolkien and philology for the Mythgard Institute. [End Page 341]

Bernhard Hirsch holds an M.A. in English studies and a B.A. in Philosophy and is a PhD candidate in the English department of the University of Vienna. Drawing on structuralist and post-structuralist theory, he is writing his doctoral dissertation on the quest as a narratological principle underlying the structural and thematic unity of The Lord of the Rings. He has also published on Chaucer and Old Icelandic saga literature.

Namiko Hitotsubashi is a recent graduate of Wheaton College, where she received her B.A. in Medieval Studies. While there, she was a part of the Lexomics Research Group and worked on the online Tolkien database. She will be beginning the M.A. program in Medieval Studies at University of Toronto in the fall and plans to study Old English history and literature.

Victoria Holtz-Wodzak earned her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in medieval literature. She teaches literature and writing classes at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She dates her love of Tolkien from her earliest days as a reader when she was given her first set of his books at the age of seven. One of the very first things she learned from Tolkien’s books was that the best thing to do when you reach the end of a good book is to start over from the beginning.

Sister Maria Frassati Jakupcak, OP, is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, based in Ann Arbor, MI. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she is a Teaching Fellow...


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