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'''Thomas Alan Shippey''' (1943) is one of the most well known scholars on [[J.R.R. Tolkien]], as well as fantasy and science fiction in general. He describes himself as a "Tolkien polemic".<ref>"Tehanu", "[http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2002/09/02/27876-dragoncon-2002-sunday-2/ DragonCon 2002 - Sunday]", at [[TheOneRing.net]] ([[2 September|September 2]], [[2002]])</ref>
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'''Thomas Alan Shippey''' (1943) is one of the most well known scholars on [[J.R.R. Tolkien]], as well as fantasy and science fiction in general. He describes himself as a "Tolkien polemicist".<ref>Email from Tom Shippey (as of 17 February 2012) to [[User:Morgan]].</ref>
  
 
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The first meeting between Shippey and Tolkien took place in [[1972]]. [[Norman Davis]], successor of Tolkien at the Merton Chair of English Language, invited Shippey over for diner. Shippey, then a Fellow of [[Oxford University|St. John's College]], taught Old and Middle English with Tolkien's syllabus, and his meeting with Tolkien at the diner left him full of professional piety.<ref name="Preface"/>
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The first meeting between Shippey and Tolkien took place in [[1972]]. [[Norman Davis]], successor of Tolkien at the Merton Chair of English Language, invited Shippey over for dinner. Shippey, then a Fellow of [[Oxford University|St. John's College]], taught Old and Middle English with Tolkien's syllabus, and his meeting with Tolkien at the diner left him full of professional piety.<ref name="Preface"/>
  
 
After Tolkien's death, Shippey's admiration only grew. His first printed essay, "Creation from Philology in ''The Lord of the Rings''", was much of an elaboration of his 1970 lecture. In 1979, he was elected to the Chair of English Language and Medieval English Literature at the [[Leeds University|University of Leeds]], a former position of Tolkien. He published his first book, the famed ''[[The Road to Middle-earth]]'', in [[1982]]. At this time, Shippey shifted from the view of Tolkien as a philologist to a view of a post-war writer, or what he called "traumatised authors", like [[wikipedia:Kurt Vonnegut|Vonnegut]] and [[wikipedia:William Golding|Golding]].<ref name="Preface"/>
 
After Tolkien's death, Shippey's admiration only grew. His first printed essay, "Creation from Philology in ''The Lord of the Rings''", was much of an elaboration of his 1970 lecture. In 1979, he was elected to the Chair of English Language and Medieval English Literature at the [[Leeds University|University of Leeds]], a former position of Tolkien. He published his first book, the famed ''[[The Road to Middle-earth]]'', in [[1982]]. At this time, Shippey shifted from the view of Tolkien as a philologist to a view of a post-war writer, or what he called "traumatised authors", like [[wikipedia:Kurt Vonnegut|Vonnegut]] and [[wikipedia:William Golding|Golding]].<ref name="Preface"/>
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* [[1982]]: ''[[The Road to Middle-earth]]'' (first edition)  
 
* [[1982]]: ''[[The Road to Middle-earth]]'' (first edition)  
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* [[2002]]: ''[[wikipedia:World Literature Today|World Literature Today]]'' 77/2
 
* [[2002]]: ''[[wikipedia:World Literature Today|World Literature Today]]'' 77/2
 
** "From Page to Screen"  
 
** "From Page to Screen"  
* [[2003]]: ''Christian History''
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* [[2003]]: [[Christian History 78|''Chistian History'', Issue 78]]
 
** "A Feeling for Language"
 
** "A Feeling for Language"
 
* [[2003]]: ''[[The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien]]''
 
* [[2003]]: ''[[The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien]]''
 
** Foreword
 
** Foreword
* [[2003]]: ''[[Christian History]]''
 
** (issue #2): "A Feeling for Language"
 
 
* [[2004]]: ''[[Unquendor|Lembas Extra]]''
 
* [[2004]]: ''[[Unquendor|Lembas Extra]]''
 
** "Indexing and Poetry in The Lord of the Rings"
 
** "Indexing and Poetry in The Lord of the Rings"
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* [[2008]]: ''[[Tales from the Perilous Realm]]''
 
* [[2008]]: ''[[Tales from the Perilous Realm]]''
 
** Foreword
 
** Foreword
* [[2008]]: ''[[Tolkien 2005: The Ring Goes Ever On]]'' (originally lectures)
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*[[2008]]: ''[[The Ring Goes Ever On: Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005 Conference]]''
** "Tolkien and the War"
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** "Wisdom and Wise Sayings in ''The Lord of the Rings''"
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**"Wisdom and Wise Sayings in ''The Lord of the Rings''"
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* [[2011]]: ''[[Tolkien and the Study of His Sources]]''
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** "Introduction: Why Source Criticism?"
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*[[2011]]: [[Lembas Extra 2011|''Lembas Extra'' 2011]]
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** "The Ancestors of the Hobbits, Strange Creatures in English Folklore"
  
 
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** (December): "Tolkien's Art" (review of ''[[Tolkien's Art: A Mythology for England]]'' by [[Jane Chance]]'')
 
** (December): "Tolkien's Art" (review of ''[[Tolkien's Art: A Mythology for England]]'' by [[Jane Chance]]'')
 
* [[1981]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement''  
 
* [[1981]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement''  
** ([[August 28]]): "A Philologist in Purgatory" (review of ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'')
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** ([[28 August|August 28]]): "A Philologist in Purgatory" (review of ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'')
 
* [[1982]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement''  
 
* [[1982]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement''  
** ([[November 26]]): "Blunt Belligerence" (review of ''[[Mr. Bliss]]'')
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** ([[26 November|November 26]]): "Blunt Belligerence" (review of ''[[Mr. Bliss]]'')
 
* [[1995]]: ''The Library''  
 
* [[1995]]: ''The Library''  
 
** (March issue): "J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography" (review of ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography]]'' by [[Wayne G. Hammond]])
 
** (March issue): "J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography" (review of ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography]]'' by [[Wayne G. Hammond]])
 
* [[2001]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement''
 
* [[2001]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement''
** ([[December 21]]): "Temptations for All Time" (review of ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'')
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** ([[21 December|December 21]]): "Temptations for All Time" (review of ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'')
 
* [[2002]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement''
 
* [[2002]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement''
 
** ([[20 December|December 20]]): "The Plot Unravels" (review of ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'')
 
** ([[20 December|December 20]]): "The Plot Unravels" (review of ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'')
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* [[2002]]: ''[[Page to Screen: The Lord of the Rings]]'' - Himself
 
* [[2002]]: ''[[Page to Screen: The Lord of the Rings]]'' - Himself
 
* [[2003]]: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-Earth]]'' - Himself
 
* [[2003]]: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-Earth]]'' - Himself
 
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==Awards==
 
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* [[2006]] - '''[[The One Ring Celebration|TORn Award]]''', Best Lecture/Paper
 
* [[2006]] - '''[[The One Ring Celebration|TORn Award]]''', Best Lecture/Paper
  
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* [http://www.slu.edu/colleges/AS/ENG/faculty/shippey.html Tom Shippey profile at Saint Louis University]
 
* [http://www.slu.edu/colleges/AS/ENG/faculty/shippey.html Tom Shippey profile at Saint Louis University]
  
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Tom Shippey
Biographical information
BornSeptember 9th, 1943
EducationOxford University
OccupationAuthor

Thomas Alan Shippey (1943) is one of the most well known scholars on J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as fantasy and science fiction in general. He describes himself as a "Tolkien polemicist".[1]

Contents

Life

Youth

Many commenters have noticed the parallels between his life and Tolkien's: born in a colony, moved to Birmingham at a young age, followed by an academic career in Oxford and Leeds.

Shippey was born in India, where his father worked as a bridge builder. He spent the first several years of his life there.[2] His father then sent him to a strict boarding school in England, and when his father came back, Shippey was transfered to King Edward's School in Birmingham, where he studied from 1954 to 1960.[3]

Here he was introduced to science fiction, and The Hobbit, which was lent to him when he was 14 years old.[4] Shippey quickly developed an affinity for Old English, Old Norse, German and Latin (like Tolkien) and playing rugby (like Tolkien), and he was able to afford The Lord of the Rings when he won a school contest.[2]

Academic career

Shippey did not immediately pursue an academic career after graduation, as the British economy in the early 1960s did not offer much work. Not until the mid-sixties did he enroll in Cambridge.[4] His first academic work on Tolkien was from late 1969 or early 1970. Shippey, a junior lecturer at the University of Birmingham, was asked to speak at a Tolkien day organised by a student association. That lecture, "Tolkien as philologist", would form Shippey's view of Tolkien - a philologist - for years to come. Unbeknownst to him, Joy Hill, the private secretary of Tolkien, was in the audience. After the lecture, she asked him for the script, for Tolkien to read. Tolkien wrote to Shippey on April 13, 1970, with what first seemed like a formal reply. [3]

The first meeting between Shippey and Tolkien took place in 1972. Norman Davis, successor of Tolkien at the Merton Chair of English Language, invited Shippey over for dinner. Shippey, then a Fellow of St. John's College, taught Old and Middle English with Tolkien's syllabus, and his meeting with Tolkien at the diner left him full of professional piety.[3]

After Tolkien's death, Shippey's admiration only grew. His first printed essay, "Creation from Philology in The Lord of the Rings", was much of an elaboration of his 1970 lecture. In 1979, he was elected to the Chair of English Language and Medieval English Literature at the University of Leeds, a former position of Tolkien. He published his first book, the famed The Road to Middle-earth, in 1982. At this time, Shippey shifted from the view of Tolkien as a philologist to a view of a post-war writer, or what he called "traumatised authors", like Vonnegut and Golding.[3]

After 14 years at Leeds, Shippey moved to the Saint Louis University, where he was elected to the Walter J. Ong Chair of Humanities. Here, he could focus in teaching, research and publishing, rather than administrative work. He currently still holds this chair.[2]

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings

Being considered the foremost expert on Tolkien, Shippey appeared in several documentaries surrounding The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy. He also assisted the dialect coaches[4] and is personally thanked in the closing credits.[5] He later recollected his experiences:

"The funny thing about interviews is you never know which bits they're going to pick. It always feels as if they sit you down, shine bright lights in your eyes, and ask you questions till you say something really silly, and that's the bit they choose. At least they didn't waterboard me. But it was good fun, and I'd cheerfully do it again."
― Tom Shippey[6]

Bibliography

The list below is extensive, but not complete.

Books

Articles

Lectures

Reviews

Documentaries

Awards

External links

References

  1. Email from Tom Shippey (as of 17 February 2012) to User:Morgan.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Paul Hanley, Let us introduce you to ... Thomas Shippey, Ph.D.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Tom Shippey, The Road to Middle-earth, Preface to the Third Edition
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Claire E. White, Talking Tolkien With Thomas Shippey
  5. Tom Shippey at IMDb
  6. Transcript of chat session with Pr. Tom Shippey during The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Online Release Party (09.05.09) at TolkienLibrary