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Alan Bliss

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Alan Joseph Bliss
Biographical information
EducationUniversity of Oxford

Alan Joseph Bliss (1921-1985) was a former student of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Bliss studied under Tolkien from 1946 to 1948. In 1966, while he was working on a piece on Finn and Hengest, Tolkien lent him his old lecture notes from the 1920's. The notes were still in disarray when Tolkien died, and in 1979, Christopher Tolkien handed them over to Bliss for publication.


  • 1962: 'The Appreciation of Old English Metre' in Festschrift English and Medieval Studies Presented to J.R.R. Tolkien on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday.
  • 1966: Sir Orfeo. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 1979: 'Beowulf Lines 3074-3075' in J.R.R. Tolkien, Scholar and Storyteller: Essays in Memoriam, ed. Mary Salu and Robert T. Farrell.
  • 1982: Finn and Hengest