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.

Upcoming Courses

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITD 5304 Beowulf Through Tolkien 12 Weeks August 29, 2022

Other Courses

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITA 5307 Beyond Middle-earth 12 Weeks May 6, 2019
LNGA 5301 Philology Through Tolkien 12 Weeks August 27, 2013

Other Events

ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Mythmoot VI: Dragons 3 Days June 27, 2019
Discussion on “Laughing Shall I Die” 1 Hours May 24, 2018
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf with Dr. Tom Shippey 3 Weeks January 12, 2017