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Here he was introduced to science fiction, and ''[[The Hobbit]]'', which was lent to him when he was 14 years old.<ref name="white">Claire E. White, [http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/mar02/shippey.htm ''Talking Tolkien With Thomas Shippey]''</ref> 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.<ref name="hanley"/>  
 
Here he was introduced to science fiction, and ''[[The Hobbit]]'', which was lent to him when he was 14 years old.<ref name="white">Claire E. White, [http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/mar02/shippey.htm ''Talking Tolkien With Thomas Shippey]''</ref> 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.<ref name="hanley"/>  
 
===Academic career===
 
===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.<ref name="white"/> 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 [[13 April|April 13]], [[1970]], with what first seemed like a formal reply.
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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]].<ref name="white"/> 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 [[13 April|April 13]], [[1970]], with what first seemed like a formal reply.
 
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===Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings===
 
===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<ref name="white"/> and is personally thanked in the closing credits.<ref name="imdb">[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0794142/ Tom Shippey] at [http://www.imdb.com/ IMDb]</ref> He later recollected his experiences:  
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Being considered the foremost expert on Tolkien, Shippey appeared in several documentaries surrounding [[The Lord of the Rings (film series)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (film series)]]. He also assisted the dialect coaches<ref name="white"/> and is personally thanked in the closing credits.<ref name="imdb">[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0794142/ Tom Shippey] at [http://www.imdb.com/ IMDb]</ref> He later recollected his experiences:  
 
{{quote|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<ref>[http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/885-Tom_Shippey_chat_session.php Transcript of chat session with Pr. Tom Shippey during The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Online Release Party (09.05.09)] at [[Pieter Collier|TolkienLibrary]]</ref>}}
 
{{quote|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<ref>[http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/885-Tom_Shippey_chat_session.php Transcript of chat session with Pr. Tom Shippey during The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Online Release Party (09.05.09)] at [[Pieter Collier|TolkienLibrary]]</ref>}}
  
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* [[2007]]: ''[[Roots and Branches|Roots and Branches: Selected papers on Tolkien]]''  
 
* [[2007]]: ''[[Roots and Branches|Roots and Branches: Selected papers on Tolkien]]''  
 
===Articles===
 
===Articles===
* [[1975]]: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien, Scholar and Story-Teller: Essays in Memoriam]]''
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* [[1975]]: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: Scholar and Storyteller|J.R.R. Tolkien, Scholar and Story-Teller: Essays in Memoriam]]''
 
** "Creation from Philology in ''The Lord of the Rings''"
 
** "Creation from Philology in ''The Lord of the Rings''"
 
* [[1980]]: ''[[Amon Hen 45]]''
 
* [[1980]]: ''[[Amon Hen 45]]''
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* [[1995]]: ''[[Unquendor|Lembas Extra]]''  
 
* [[1995]]: ''[[Unquendor|Lembas Extra]]''  
 
** "Tolkien and the West Midlands: The Roots of Romance"'  
 
** "Tolkien and the West Midlands: The Roots of Romance"'  
* [[1997]]: ''[[Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees|Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees: A Selection from 25 Years of Speeches at the Tolkien Society's Annual Dinners. Vol. 1. ]]''
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* [[1997]]: ''[[Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees|Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees - Volume 1]]''
** [Speech at the Tolkien Society's Annual Dinner 1991]
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** "Inspiration and Invention, or Where Tolkien Got Stuck"  [Speech at the Tolkien Society's Annual Dinner 1980]
* [[1997]]: ''[[The Ways of Creative Mythologies: Imagined Worlds and their Makers]]''
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** "...I thought of the incident of Zeebrugge which nobody wrote about at all..." [Speech at the Tolkien Society's Annual Dinner 1983]
** "Grimm, Grundtwig, Tolkien: Nationalisms and the Invention of Mythologies"
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* [[1998]]: ''[[Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees|Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees - Volume 2]]''
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** "What have these people got in common? One thing... they had all been shot at" [Speech at the Tolkien Society's Annual Dinner 1991]
 
* [[2000]]: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances]]''
 
* [[2000]]: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances]]''
 
** "Orcs, Wraiths, Wights: Tolkien's Images of Evil"
 
** "Orcs, Wraiths, Wights: Tolkien's Images of Evil"
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* [[2000]]: "[[J.R.R. Tolkien. Modern Critical Views]]"
 
* [[2000]]: "[[J.R.R. Tolkien. Modern Critical Views]]"
 
** "Lit. and Lang"
 
** "Lit. and Lang"
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* [[2000]]: ''[[The Ways of Creative Mythologies]]''
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** "Grimm, Grundtwig, Tolkien: Nationalisms and the Invention of Mythologies"
 
* [[2001]]: ''Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts'' 12/2  
 
* [[2001]]: ''Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts'' 12/2  
 
** "Allegory versus Bounce: Tolkien's ''Smith of Wootton Major''" (with [[Verlyn Flieger]])
 
** "Allegory versus Bounce: Tolkien's ''Smith of Wootton Major''" (with [[Verlyn Flieger]])
 
* [[2001]]: ''[[Lembas (journal)|Lembas]]'' 100
 
* [[2001]]: ''[[Lembas (journal)|Lembas]]'' 100
 
** "The Versions of ''The Hoard''"
 
** "The Versions of ''The Hoard''"
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* [[2002]]: [[The Best of Amon Hen|''The Best of Amon Hen'' Part 2]]
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** "Tolkien's Academic Reputation Now"
 
* [[2002]]: ''The Daily Telegraph'' ([[2 January|January 2]])
 
* [[2002]]: ''The Daily Telegraph'' ([[2 January|January 2]])
 
** "Why the Critics Must Recognize ''Lord of the Rings'' as a Classic"
 
** "Why the Critics Must Recognize ''Lord of the Rings'' as a Classic"
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**"Wisdom and Wise Sayings in ''The Lord of the Rings''"
 
**"Wisdom and Wise Sayings in ''The Lord of the Rings''"
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* [[2009]]: ''[[Beowulf and the Dragon]]''
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** Foreword
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* [[2010]]: [[Mallorn 49|''Mallorn'' 49]]
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** "A question of source" (review of ''[[The Epic Realm of Tolkien]]'')
 
* [[2011]]: ''[[Tolkien and the Study of His Sources]]''
 
* [[2011]]: ''[[Tolkien and the Study of His Sources]]''
 
** "Introduction: Why Source Criticism?"
 
** "Introduction: Why Source Criticism?"
 
*[[2011]]: [[Lembas Extra 2011|''Lembas Extra'' 2011]]
 
*[[2011]]: [[Lembas Extra 2011|''Lembas Extra'' 2011]]
 
** "The Ancestors of the Hobbits, Strange Creatures in English Folklore"
 
** "The Ancestors of the Hobbits, Strange Creatures in English Folklore"
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* [[2012]]: [[Amon Hen 235|''Amon Hen'' 235]]
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** "Professor Moorman Again"
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* [[2013]]: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: the Forest and the City]]''
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** "Goths and Roman in Tolkien's Imagination"
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*[[2013]]: ''[[Tolkien's Poetry]]''
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** "Tolkien's Development as a Writer of Alliterative Poetry in Modern English"
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*[[2014]]: ''[[From Peterborough to Faëry]]''
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** "Jack Vance: Il ottimo fabbro"
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*[[2014]]: ''[[Tolkien and Philosophy]]''
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**"Tolkien between Philosophy and Philology" (with Franco Manni)
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* [[2014]]: [[Mallorn 55|''Mallorn'' 55]]:
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** "Reconstructing the Politics of the Dark Age"
  
 
===Lectures===
 
===Lectures===
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** Review of ''[[The Roots of Tolkien's Middle-earth]]'' by [[Robert S. Blackham]] (translated into Polish [[Agnieszka Sylwanowicz]])  
 
** Review of ''[[The Roots of Tolkien's Middle-earth]]'' by [[Robert S. Blackham]] (translated into Polish [[Agnieszka Sylwanowicz]])  
 
* [[2009]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement'', May 6, 2009
 
* [[2009]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement'', May 6, 2009
**"[http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/the_tls/article6232731.ece Tolkien out-Wagners Wagner]" - Review of ''[[The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún]]''
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**"[http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/the_tls/article6232731.ece Tolkien out-Wagners Wagner]" - review of ''[[The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún]]''
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* [[2010]]: [[Mallorn 49|''Mallorn'' 49]]
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** "A question of source" (review of ''[[The Epic Realm of Tolkien]]'')
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* [[2013]]: ''The Times Literary Supplement''
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** "[http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1278838.ece Tolkien's King Arthur]" - review of ''[[The Fall of Arthur]]''
  
 
===Documentaries===
 
===Documentaries===
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==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.slu.edu/colleges/AS/ENG/faculty/shippey.html Tom Shippey profile at Saint Louis University]
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* [http://www.slu.edu/x23819.xml Tom Shippey profile at Saint Louis University]
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* [http://www.swarthmore.edu/news-events/tolkien-book-to-jackson-script-medium-and-message Tolkien Book to Jackson Script: The Medium and the Message]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:43, 15 December 2014

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Tom Shippey
Biographical information
Born9 September 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

[edit] Life

[edit] 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]

[edit] 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]

[edit] 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 (film series). 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]

[edit] Bibliography

The list below is extensive, but not complete.

[edit] Books

[edit] Articles

[edit] Lectures

[edit] Reviews

[edit] Documentaries

[edit] Awards

[edit] External links

[edit] 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