J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and
author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The
Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
VERLYN FLIEGER, Ph.D., is retired from the University of Maryland as professor emerita in the department of English, where her specialties were the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and comparative mythology. Her publications include Tolkien on Fairy-Stories with Douglas A. Anderson, and Green Suns and Faerie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien.