Verlyn Flieger, Ph. D. is Professor Emerita in the Department of English at the University of Maryland at College Park specializing in myth studies and comparative mythology. She teaches a sequence of graduate and undergraduate myth courses that offer Celtic, Arthurian, Hindu, Native American, and Norse myth.
Concentrating on modern fantasy with a special focus on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Professor Flieger’s publications include Interrupted Music, Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie, the winner of the 1998 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies; Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World; Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth co-edited with Carl Hostetter and winner of the 2002 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies; and her fictional works Pig Tale, The Doom of Camelot: “Avilion: A Romance of Voices“ and Seeker of Dreams: “Green Hill Country.”
Professor Flieger is co-editor with Michael Drout and David Bratman of Tolkien Studies, a yearly journal devoted to scholarly examination of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.