John Garth

John Garth

Lecturer

Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on the creative development of J.R.R. Tolkien in the context of his times, John Garth is the author of the Mythopoeic Award-winning Tolkien and the Great War (2003) and the 2015-16 Fellow in Humanistic Studies at Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He lectures on Tolkien for Signum University.

Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on the creative development of J.R.R. Tolkien in the context of his times, John Garth is the author of Tolkien and the Great War (2003), which won the Mythopoeic Award for Scholarship in Inklings Studies. His new book The Worlds of JRR Tolkien: The Places that Inspired Middle-earth is published in 2020 by Frances Lincoln (UK) and Princeton University Press. Garth was the 2015-16 Fellow in Humanistic Studies at Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received the Tolkien Society award for outstanding contribution to Tolkien studies in 2017.

Garth has contributed biographical chapters to the book accompanying the major 2018 Bodleian exhibition, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, and to the Blackwell Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien. He has also written for the Routledge J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia and, regularly, for the annual scholarly journal Tolkien Studies. He read English at Oxford and worked for many years on the editorial staff of the London Evening Standard. Now a freelance writer, editor and lecturer, he has written on cultural topics for major media such as the GuardianTelegraphTimes and Daily Beast; taught Tolkien (and sometimes C.S. Lewis) for Signum University, the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and Oxford University; and spoken regularly in the US, Britain and Europe. For further information, articles, links, and contact details, see www.johngarth.co.uk.

Upcoming Courses

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITA 5312 Tolkien’s Wars and Middle-earth 12 Weeks May 4, 2020

Other Events

ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Signum Symposium: An Eglerio to Christopher Tolkien 1 Hours February 13, 2020
Mythmoot V: Fantastic Frontiers 3 Days June 21, 2018
LondonMoot 2018 8 Hours April 28, 2018
Faculty Chat with John Garth 1 Hours December 14, 2017