Wayne Hammond joined the Tolkien Society in 1978 as a way (pre-Internet) of hearing news about his favourite author on the other side of the Atlantic. Currently the Chapin Librarian at Williams College in Massachusetts, he has been a specialist in rare books and manuscripts for more than forty years. His descriptive bibliographies of J.R.R. Tolkien and Arthur Ransome are standard references. With his wife, Christina Scull, he has written essential works about Tolkien, including J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator, The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Companion, The Art of The Hobbit, and The Art of The Lord of the Rings. They have also co-edited writings by Tolkien, among them The Lord of the Rings for its fiftieth anniversary edition, and they jointly oversaw the proceedings of the 2004 Tolkien conference at Marquette University.