Author of Tolkien and the Great War, winner of the Tolkien Society’s Outstanding Contribution Award and the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award, John Garth regularly talks, teaches and writes on Tolkien. He has written a short second book, Tolkien at Exeter College, and contributed chapters to Catherine McIlwaine’s Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition book and the Blackwell Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien. Among current projects is a further book on Tolkien’s creative life in the context of his times, begun while a Fellow of the Black Mountain Institute, Nevada. Now freelance, Garth read English at Oxford and worked for many years for the London Evening Standard.