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Sherrylyn Branchaw holds a Ph.D. in Indo-European studies from UCLA. She worked as a lecturer in the Classics department at UCLA before leaving academia to become a database administrator at a tech company. She continues researching and publishing as an independent scholar.

David Bratman is co-editor of Tolkien Studies.

Marjorie Burns is an English literature professor emerita at Portland State University in Oregon. She has written extensively on J.R.R. Tolkien’s works and has lectured on Tolkien throughout the United States, as well as in England, Norway, Australia, and the Netherlands. Her publications include Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien’s Middle-earth (University of Toronto Press, 2005).

Simon Cook is an independent scholar. His early research concerned the history of economic thought, and his 2009 book on the late-Victorian political economist Alfred Marshall won the best monograph award of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought. For most of the last decade, however, he has been studying the impact of the discovery of prehistory on late 19th- and 20th-century historical thought. His ongoing work on Tolkien is an outgrowth of this wider research project. Cook is a co-founder of Rounded Globe, which publishes accessible scholarly essays.

Merlin DeTardo is the director of theater 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 co-editor 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, in Norton, Massachusetts.

Jason Fisher is the editor of Tolkien and the Study of His Sources (McFarland, 2011), which won the 2014 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies. With Salwa Khoddam and Mark R. Hall, he co-edited C. S. Lewis and the Inklings: Reflections on Faith, Imagination, and Modern Technology and C. S. Lewis and the Inklings: Discovering Hidden Truth (Cambridge Scholars, 2012 and 2015). Fisher’s work has appeared in Tolkien Studies, Mythlore, The Journal of Inklings Studies, and other journals, books, and encyclopedias. [End Page 265]

Carrol Fry earned his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska. He has served on English Department faculties at the University of Minnesota–Mankato and Northwest Missouri State University, where he was department chair for 12 years. He has published three books: Charlotte Smith: Popular Novelist, Charlotte Smith, and Cinema of the Occult. He has also published articles in a variety of fields and produced prize-winning documentaries for NPR satellite distribution. Dr. Fry was one of the organizers of the first Tolkien conference at Mankato State College (now the University of Minnesota–Mankato) in 1966, presentations from which resulted in the Tolkien Papers issue of Mankato State College Studies in English.

Alban Gautier is a Maître de conférences in medieval history at the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale (Boulogne-sur-Mer, France), and a junior member of the Institut universitaire de France. He has written several books and articles, in both French and English, on topics concerning the history of England and Northern Europe in the early Middle Ages: on food history and the practice of feasting in Anglo-Saxon England; on contacts between England, Scandinavia, and the European continent; on the sources and context of the Arthurian legend; and on several political, social, and religious aspects of early English history. He recently published the first French translation of Asser’s Life of King Alfred. His current work leads him into the study of cultural and religious diversity in early medieval Northern Europe, as well as its representations in modern historiography and culture, where J.R.R. Tolkien’s figure is paramount.

Peter Gilliver has been working on the Oxford English Dictionary since 1987. He is also writing a history of the project, soon to be published by Oxford...


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