Tom Shippey

Dr. Tom Shippey

Tom Shippey

Visiting Lecturer

At Signum University I offer courses which combine my two main career interests, namely, Old English studies (along with related languages and literatures), and the work of Professor Tolkien.

I have taught at six universities, including St John’s College, Oxford, and Visiting Professorships at Harvard and U Texas. At Leeds I held the Chair of English Language and Medieval English Literature held in the 1920s by Tolkien. My publications include books on Old English and (three of them) on Tolkien, and in later years I have taken a strong interest in “medievalism,” that is to say the way in which the Middle Ages are represented in modern literature, with a particular interest in Jacob Grimm, Tolkien’s great predecessor in the field of comparative philology.

At Signum I have taught courses which combine these interests, including a general introduction to philology as seen by Tolkien, and one which looks at the Old English poem Beowulf, again as interpreted by Tolkien.

Other Courses

IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
LITA 5307Beyond Middle-earth12 WeeksMay 6, 2019
LITD 5304Beowulf Through Tolkien12 WeeksJanuary 15, 2018
LNGA 5301Philology Through Tolkien12 WeeksAugust 27, 2013

Other Events

IDEvent NameDurationStart Date
Mythmoot VI: Dragons3 DaysJune 27, 2019
Discussion on “Laughing Shall I Die”1 HoursMay 24, 2018
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf with Dr. Tom Shippey3 WeeksJanuary 12, 2017