Tom Shippey

Shippey in April 2015 (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Tom A. Shippey (born September 9, 1943) is a British author and philologist, and one of the most well known Tolkien scholars. He has also appeared in several documentaries on the subject (such as in J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-earth), and is known for giving many lectures on Tolkien and reviews on Tolkien-related literature, from the 1970's to the present. From 2003 he was the president of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism for six years, and until 2007 was also the editor of their annual publication, Studies in Medievalism.

Tolkien and Shippey became correspondents in 1970, after Tolkien's private secretary had attended Shippey's first lecture, Tolkien as philologist, and asked him for his script for Tolkien to read. Two years later, the two met each other at a social dinner.

Shippey graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1968 with a Masters of Arts, and later in 1990 received a PhD. He is currently a Chair of Humanities at Saint Louis University in Missouri, and previously was elected to the Chair of English Language and Medieval English Literature at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England.

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