Verlyn Flieger

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 MusicQuestion 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 WorldTolkien’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 TaleThe 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.

Dr. Verlyn Flieger smiles broadly at us, her grey blue eyes snapping with brilliance, her short, wavy salt-and-mahogany hair casual. She is standing outdoors on a beautifully sunlit day. Those dimples speak of a lifetime of joy at new discoveries and communicating her learning to others.