Tolkien polemic, notable scholar and professor of philology. Author of acclaimed book The Road to Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century and the editor of Roots and Branches: Selected Papers on Tolkien; he has also appeared in numerous documentaries, including on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy DVDs. Has been the guest speaker at several Tolkien Society Annual Dinners, the most recent being 1991 where his talk was the inspiration for the Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees series of Peter Roe booklets published by the Tolkien Society.
Tom Shippey taught at six universities in the UK and US, and for a time held Tolkien’s old Chair at Leeds, as well as playing rugby (like Tolkien) for Old Edwardians. He has published three books on Tolkien, as well as others on Old English, medievalism, and now the literature of Old Norse (Laughing Shall I Die, out this spring from Reaktion Books).