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June 21, 2006
| Alison Baird
Alison Baird is a
resident of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and a graduate of Trinity
College, University of Toronto, where she earned her Honours B.A. in
English and her M.A. degree.
As an author she had an early start, publishing her first poems when
she was 12. In 1994 her first book, The
Dragon’s Egg, was published by Scholastic Canada: it was a
national bestseller and a Regional Winner of the Silver Birch Award (a
children’s choice award). It is now featured on school curricula across
the country. The Hidden World
and White as the Waves: A Novel of
Moby Dick, both published in 1999, were Canadian Children’s Book
Centre “Our Choice” selections, and White
as the Waves was shortlisted for the IODE Violet Downey Book
The Wolves of Woden,
the prequel to The Hidden World,
followed in 2001 and was featured on Resource Links Magazine’s “Best of
2001” list. Baird’s adult fantasy novel, The Stone of the Stars, and its two
sequels were recently sold to Warner Aspect through the Sternig &
Byrne literary agency.
Baird’s short fiction has appeared in On
Spec magazine, a Canadian periodical of original science fiction
and fantasy for adults. Her story “Dragon Pearl” received an Honourable
Mention in the 1996 edition of The
Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror published by St. Martin’s Press.
Another short story, “Moon Maiden,” appeared in the acclaimed young
adult anthology What If. . .?
Amazing Stories Selected by Monica Hughes (Tundra Books, 1998),
which was an ABA Kids’ Pick of the Lists for 1998 and was featured on
the New York Public Library’s Recommended List. “Moon Maiden” has since
been reprinted in two Canadian school readers, and is available in an
audio version from Prentice Hall.
| Matt Blessing
Matt Blessing is
head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives
at Marquette University, responsibilities that include managing the
J.R.R. Tolkien Papers. Baptized by fire, he was assigned responsibility
for the Tolkien Papers in 2001, a few months prior to the release of
New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the
Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Blessing directed the 2004
conference, “The Lord of the Rings, 1954-2004: Scholarship in Honor of
Richard E. Blackwelder” at
Marquette University. Concurrently, he
collaborated with curators from the Haggerty Museum of Art on The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien:
Drawings and Original Manuscripts from the Marquette University
Collection. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Blessing earned a
M.A. in History from the University of Montana and a M.L.I.S. from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, specializing in archives
Biography to be posted.
John Bowen sounds
English, but actually
he was born in Wales, which is quite different. He studied English and
then Education at Oxford, which he loved. After teaching high school
for a bit, he went to seminary (Trinity College, Bristol, in England)
to get to understand his faith better.
Then in 1973, he joined the staff of Inter-Varsity Christian
Fellowship, an organization dedicated to helping students figure out
who Jesus is and how he is involved
in contemporary life.
Since then he has discussed spirituality and the relevance of Jesus
with students on over 40 university campuses in Canada, the USA and
John is a professor at Wycliffe College in the University of Toronto,
teaching such things as communication skills, contemporary culture,
leadership, and how to make churches user-friendly.
John has written a number of booklets for Dare Talks, including Jesus is Alive, Elvis is Alive: What’s the
Difference? and The
Spirituality of Jesus and the Dangers of Religion, Does God Care? A Christian Response to
Suffering and Evil, Jesus the
Only Way? Why Christians Seem Arrogant. A new booklet entitled, What Jesus Says to Robin Williams
is due to be published soon.
He is married to Deborah, who became a follower of Jesus at Oxford
University, and they have two student-age children, Ben and Anna.
Deborah is now an English professor at Redeemer College, a Christian
university in Ancaster, Ontario.
John Bowen loves Baskin and Robbins, the music of Bruce Cockburn,
mountains (not only Welsh ones), and flying (in planes, that is). He
| Cliff Broadway
Cliff Broadway is a
multi-hyphenate with numerous performance credits including acting,
voiceover, and writing for both stage and screen. His first critically
acclaimed play, Elevator, was
produced in 1998 by L.A.’s Copperview Theatre Company. His voiceover
work ranges the spectrum of TV, film, radio, and video games (including
the voice of hobbit Sam Gamgee in The
Fellowship of the Ring from Universal Interactive). Cliff’s
appearance on the WB’s Jamie Kennedy Experiment has become
legendary—built on an elaborate voiceover prank that went horribly
Cliff has worked with TheOneRing.net
as a senior editor/writer since 1999. Using the pseudonym “Quickbeam,”
his wildly entertaining articles have been a mainstay of the Green
Books online magazine. He served as Master of Ceremonies and Producer
for three consecutive years at the TheOneRing.net’s famous Oscar
Parties, attended by thousands. Also a knowledgeable Tolkien academic,
Cliff is co-author of the bestseller The
People’s Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien, and the follow-up volume, More People’s Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien,
published by Cold Spring Press. Entertainment companies have demanded
his “Rings” expertise for a variety of Tolkien-related products and
media; including Universal Interactive, Warner Reprise Records,
Decipher Games, Pellerin Multimedia (DVD production), and Company Wide
Together, Cliff and his writing partner Carlene Cordova conceived and
wrote the award-winning documentary RINGERS:
LORD OF THE FANS, narrated by Dominic Monaghan (star of the
Rings Film Trilogy & Lost)
and released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Cliff is the
Interviewer at the heart
of RINGERS, where he engages
literate and insightful conversations with famed actors, rock legends,
and everyday fans alike.
He is now a principal member behind Stormcrow Entertainment, a new
production company currently developing feature films and television
series. Cliff currently resides in Hollywood, California—and yes, it
really is his last name.
was the Founding Chairman of Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft, the German
Tolkien Society, and received his first academic degree at the
University of Cologne. He has studied at the University of Aberdeen and
Wheaton College, Norton, MA, and is a member of the Board of Editors of
the scholarly yearbook on modern fantasy literature Hither Shore. He is finishing his
doctoral thesis, “The Emergence of a Cult: The Lord of the Rings in the United
States of the 60s.”
- Der Herr der Ringe‹
oder ›Der Chef mit den fetten Klunkern’. Magira 2001: 187-201.
- Tolkien criticism –
reloaded. Hither Shore 1 (2004): 15-23.
- A battlefield poet.
J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien 2005, Birmingham
- On Fairy-stories.
Introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien's genre concept. Several
substances and their abuse in The Lord of the Rings. Several
- No future
without a past. The Lord of the Rings as a critique of modernity.
Life Science Lab New Zealand, DKFZ Heidelberg.
Contributor: JRR Tolkien Encyclopedia
- Tolkien-Fest I-V 2001-2006, DE
- Schicksalsfest II-IV 2004-2006, DE
- Mittelerde-Fest III 2003, CH
- Hobbiton IX-X 2003-2004, IT
- Elbenwald-Spektakel 2006, DE
- Birmingham Tolkien Conference 2005, UK
- Oxford Tolkien Conference 2006, UK
Contributor: Tolkien Studies III
Contributor: Amon Hen, Der Flammifer von Westernis, Minas Tirith, Nautilus
Translator and writer: Lord of the
Rings Trivia Quiz (Kosmos), Battle
Games in Middle-earth
(DeAgostini), CD Booklet Lord of the
| Anthony Scott Burdge
Anthony Scott Burdge was born in
1972 in Los Angeles, California. His studies range; including Norse
Mythology, Medieval Literature, and Judeo-Christain ideology, Native
American tradition and mysticism, Japanese Swordsmanship, and Medieval
Re-enactment Combat. Currently he is an English Literature major at
Hunter College. His interest in Tolkien grew from the age of eight,
when he received his first copy of The
Hobbit. Over the last decade Mr. Burdge has delved into the
mythological world while
studying the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. After
joining the UK Tolkien Society, he inquired to bring the aims and goals
of the Tolkien Society to New York City. Heren Istarion, New York’s
Tolkien Society (now the North East Tolkien Society) was created in
For detailed information about pubications, lectures,
& awards please visit www.herenistarion.org.
| Jessica Burke
Jessica Burke was
born in 1974 in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Burke has her Bachelor’s Degree
in English Literature from Brooklyn College, and is attending C.U.N.Y.
for her Master’s in English. Ms. Burke has studied anthropology,
folklore, Medieval Literature, Mysticism, 19th Century literature and
Judeo-Christain theology. She also has written an undergraduate thesis
on the nature of light and darkness in the universe, which delved into
the history and literary evolution of the vampire, along with
exploration of modern fantasy epics The
Lord of the Rings and Star
Wars. Ms. Burke is an aspiring author of medieval fantasy, much
influenced by the works of J.R.R Tolkien. Her first experience with his
writing came after an excursion to the N.Y. Public Library at the age
of five, where she borrowed a recording of Professor Tolkien reading
the chapter “Riddles in the Dark” from The Hobbit. Ms. Burke is now
Co-Chair of Heren Istarion.
For detailed information about pubications, lectures,
& awards please visit www.herenistarion.org.
| Michael Coren
columnist Michael Coren was
born in Essex, in Britain, in 1959 and came to Canada in 1987. He can
be seen on television every weeknight at 6.00pm hosting The Michael Coren Show on CTS (Channel 36). Sixty minutes of
discussion and debate, this show features some of the most exciting and
important national and international voices discussing politics,
entertainment, sports, and social and moral issues. Described by BBC
Radio as “One of the best talk-shows in North America”, it is a
television programme that refuses to be limited by boundaries and
barriers previously considered sacrosanct.
Coren is also the host of The
Michael Coren Show, Monday to Friday, 7 - 8pm, on CFRB 1010, Canada’s largest and most
successful News Talk Radio station.
Coren can be read each week in the Toronto Sun, syndicated in the
Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton and Winnipeg Suns. His column tackles the
issues of the day, and it is safe to say that his attitudes and
arguments guarantee that this highly articulate commentator is never
ignored. He is also a monthly columnist for The Presbyterian Record and a
bi-weekly writer for The Western
He is also the author of ten books, including biographies of G.K.
Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R.
Tolkien, and has also contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography
and several other anthologies. He is published in many countries and in
| Kate Dallin
Kate Dallin was
born in in 1980 and has been making costumes since about 1983,
progressing over the years from construction paper and masking tape to
actual fabric and thread. Her love of Tolkien also began at an
early age, when she decided to read The
Lord of the Rings for a school book report. The two passions
have recently become thoroughly entwined.
Kate has worked as a volunteer in the costume department for
productions by local
community and university theatre, and on a few
no-budget independent films directed by her friends. Despite
this, she still loves to sew. Most of her free time is dedicated
to the design and creation of new costumes. She is quickly running out
of closet space.
Biography to be posted.
| Jon Daniels
Jon Daniels has been making
chainmail for 17 years. After obtaining a degree in Engineering Physics from
the University of Saskatchewan, he spent 5 years traveling the world
working with global Ozone monitoring. After the company
downsized in 2002 he turned a thriving part time chainmail
supply business into a the full time job for himself and his wife
(previously an HVAC Engineer). Now the company - The Ring Lord - employs 9
people and manufactures about 1 million rings a day, 7 days a week.
| Michael Drout
D. C. Drout is Associate Professor of
English at Wheaton College (Norton, MA) and is the editor of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Beowulf and the Critics
(Winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inkling Studies, 2003).
college course on CD, Bard of the Middle
Ages: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer was just released by Recorded
and his latest book How Tradition Works:
A Descriptive Cultural Poetics of the Anglo-Saxon Tenth Century
published in July 2005. Drout is one of the founding editors of the
journal Tolkien Studies and is the general
editor of The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia.
Drout was featured in National Geographic’s Beyond
the Movie: The Return of the King and spoke at the first Gathering
Fellowship in 2003. He has published articles on medieval studies,
literature and fantasy literature in journals such as The
Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Anglo-Saxon England, Studies in Philology,
Modern Philology, Neophilologus, and Children’s Literature.
Born in Derbyshire, Colin Duriez
his early life in Long Eaton, Nottingham, in a couple of new council
estates near Portsmouth and six years in a mining village in South
Wales, before moving to the West Midlands. After school he studied for
two years at the University of Istanbul, Turkey, before completing his
studies in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, at the University of Ulster,
where he read English and Philosophy. After an career in editing and
journalism in London, interspersed with some teaching, he migrated to Leicester in 1983 to work with a
small publisher, IVP, as a
commissioning editor. In 2002 he started his own business, InWriting,
devoted to writing, editorial services, and some book acquisition for
Colin has published several books, including:
- The C.S. Lewis
Encyclopedia (2002), an exploration of the mental and
imaginative world of C.S. Lewis, both scholar and storyteller.
- The Poetic Bible
(2001), a collection of poetry inspired by the Biblical text, and
following the Biblical order, from Genesis and the Pentateuch, moving
through the histories, the wisdom books, the prophets, the gospels, the
letters, to the Book of Revelation.
- The Inklings
Handbook: The Lives, Thought and Writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.
Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield and Their Friends
(2001, co-written with David Porter)
- Tolkien and the
Lord of the Rings (2004), a comprehensive guide to Tolkien’s
masterwork, appended with a brief biography.
- Tolkien and C.S.
Lewis (2005); this book explores their lives, unfolding the
extraordinary story of their complex friendship that lasted, with its
ups and downs, until Lewis’s death in 1963.
- A Field Guide to
Narnia (2005), a handy companion to the landscape and
inhabitants of Narnia, including
an A-to-Z guide to characters, places, objects and events
- The C.S. Lewis
Chronicles (2005), a greatly accessible and authoritative
biography of Lewis,
reconstructing his life and times in minute chronological detail-day by
day, month by month, year by year, from the cradle to the grave-as well
as an utterly intriguing and entertaining collection of little-known
Lewis and Narnia miscellany and trivia.
| Giuseppe Festa
the place where my dreams live. Its
wild beauty seems to pertain to a remote time.
“However, sometimes, it’s so near that you can still feel the witchery.
In fact, it’s in the mind, in the heart and in the eyes of who’s able
“Entering Middle-earth means to begin a personal journey discovering
our hidden desires and deep fears, unexpected joys and wounds.
“The music I have composed is simply an invitation to start this
wonderful journey along a difficult path.”
«L’idea di creare
musiche nasce dal desiderio di comunicare delle emozioni che possano
accompagnare nel proprio Viaggio chiunque intenda camminare su questa
Terra nel modo più attento e leggero possibile.»
Professor Mike Foster, a
Peoria native and Marquette University graduate (B.A., 1968; M.A.,
1971), began his study of Marquette’s J.R.R. Tolkien manuscript
collection in 1977, focusing on the author’s revisions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He has also
studied Tolkien material in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and at
Wheaton (Ill.) College. From 1978 until his retirement in 2005, he
taught a literature course on Tolkien at IllinoisCentral College in
East Peoria. This fall, the course will be offered Monday evenings at
Bradley University. His paper “Teaching Tolkien” was published in April
in The Lord of the Rings: 1954- 2004
by Marquette University Press. His essays and reviews on
Tolkien-related topics have been published by Mythlore, The Tolkien Journal, Mallorn, Christian History, Faith & Reason, VII, Amon Hen, Beyond Bree, Mythprint, Gilbert, and The Journal Star. He has presented
papers at conferences in the US, Canada, and England and often lectures
on the author and fellow Oxford writer C.S. Lewis.
He has been featured in interviews on Tolkien on ABC-TV World News Tonight and in magazine
and newspaper articles published in the Chicago Tribune, Manchester
Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Der Stern, Toronto Star, and others
syndicated and published throughout the United States and abroad.
He was a television panelist with Lord
of the Rings film actors Craig Parker (“Haldir”) and Bruce
Hopkins (“Gamling”) on Michael Coren
Live, a CTS-TV live phone-in talk show broadcasting nationwide
Canada from Burlington, Ontario, in December, 2003.
His paper “An Unexpected Party: Tolkien in the 1960’s” will be
published in The J.R.R. Tolkien
Encyclopedia in late 2006. He is a member of the Inklings
Studies and Fantasy Scholarship Award committees of the Mythopoeic
Society. He has been the North American representative of the Tolkien
Society since 1995.
Daniel Gauthier has been interested in costuming and
science fiction for over 20 years, but has only recently been converted
to a Tolkien addict. He was dragged kicking and screaming (almost!) to
see The Fellowship of the the Ring
movie in January of 2002. Following that was an immediate discovery of The Hobbit followed by The Lord of the Rings. He
immediately began researching the costumes of his favorite character
Frodo. Daniel is also a member of the Atlanta group Arms of Middle Earth as
well as a contributor to Alleycatscratch.
This name may not
be immediately familiar, but if you’re familiar with Tolkien and Lewis’
group The Inklings, then you
may recognize it. Mark Colin Havard
is the son of Dr. Robert
(Humphrey) Havard, the personal doctor of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S.
Lewis, and also an Inkling.
Colin is one of the very few surviving links to that close knit group.
He was there along with his father in Inkling gatherings at “The Eagle
and Child” pub, and he listened to the authors read excerpts from The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, before
his early years
immersed in sport. He was a New Zealand High School representative
Waterpolo player, won a silver medal at the national surf lifesaving
championships and played representative rugby as well.
However at the ripe old age of 22yrs Bruce discovered the world
contemporary dance and was hooked. An eight year spell as a full
time professional dancer (no, not the exotic or erotic kind!!!) in both
New Zealand and Australia, followed. Then came the opportunity to
play the role of Diesel, a member of the Jets in a sell out season of Westside Story, combining dance,
and a newly found singing and acting voice.
For the last 19 years Bruce has been treading the boards of live
theatre, hitting the mark in film and television, voicing commercials,
hosting radio shows and Mcing conferences, establishing himself as one
of New Zealands most highly regarded actors
Aside from that Bruce has 3 wonderful and challenging teenage children,
and has just formed his own film production company called indiPact
Films Ltd. indiPact are releasing a digital feature called 1nite, shot in late 2003. Bruce is
one of the actors in 1nite.
Of course Bruces bio would not be complete without mention of his role
as “Gamling” in Peter Jackson’s lauded The Lord Of The Rings movie
So many aspects of this experience were pure joy, working with the
likes of Ian McKellan, Viggo Mortensen, Bernard Hill, Orlando Bloom,
having to learn to ride a horse, a big bugger called Charlie at that,
flying over the southern alps mountain range with Bernard Hill and
Miranda Otto in a helicopter at sunset to relocate to another filming
location, the list goes on and on.
Over the years Bruce has also acted in many episodes of Hercules and Xena, as well as Young Hercules and Cleopatra 2525 and Jack of All Trades, the Lawless series with Kevin Smith and
played the coveted role of MacBeth.
“Outside of thespian based activities, I attempt to surf (and saying
'attempt', is not me trying to be humble), I do a bit of sailing, visit
elderly people, and support various causes such as Amnesty
International, the GE free lobby in NZ, The Auckland Performing Arts
Centre (TAPAC) and the Auckland City Mission. My goal, apart from
continuing to act in international films, is to maintain an open mind
and an open heart.”
| Alana Vincent Howard
Alana Vincent Howard
is a MA student at Prescott College, where she writes on Tolkien and
Catholic religious culture. She lives in Atlanta with her husband,
three cats, and ever-growing collection of books.
Alana Vincent Howard recently received her MA from Prescott College,
where she wrote her thesis on Tolkien and Catholic religious culture.
She lives in [a location yet to be determined], where she is about to
enroll as a doctoral student at [a school yet to be determined]. Her
current research is [yet to be determined].
| Kristine Larsen
Ph.D. is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Central Connecticut
State University (New Britain, Connecticut), and Director of the
University Honors Program. During her first readings of The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion in the late 1970s,
she was fascinated by the multitude of astronomical references in
Tolkien’s universe, a field of study she now uses to enrich her
teaching and research. In addition to a wide range of
publications in the history
of astronomy and astronomy education,
including Stephen Hawking: A
Biography (2005), she has an ever-increasing number of
Tolkien-related works, including:
- Tolkien’s “Burning
Briar” - an Astronomical Explanation. Mallorn, 2005
- A Definitive
Identification of Tolkien’s “Borgil”: An Astronomical and Literary
Approach. Tolkien Studies 2, 2005
- The Historical
Discovery of a New Element, Orodruinium, American Physical
Society News Zero Gravity Humor column, April 2004
- The Astronomy of
Middle-Earth: Teaching Astronomy through Tolkien, in Andrew
Fraknoi and William Waller, eds. Cosmos in the Classroom 2004.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2004.
- A Little Earth of
His Own: Tolkien’s Lunar Creation Myths. Tolkien 2005,
Birmingham, UK. August 2005.
- A Elbereth
Gilthoniel: The Cosmological Goddesses of Middle-earth. June
Baker Higgins Gender Studies Conference, CCSU. April 2005.
- Scientific Motifs
in Middle-earth: Lost in Translation? Popular Culture/ American
Culture Association Annual Meeting, San Diego. March, 2005.
- Moon Runes, The
Light of Earendil, and Durin’s Crown: The Astronomy of Middle-earth.
Jefferson National Laboratory, October 2004.
- Teaching Through
Tolkien: The Astronomy of Middle-earth, American Physical
Society National Meeting, Montreal, CA. March 2004. (Featured in
meeting press release)
- The Astronomy of
Middle-earth. RingCon, Bonn, Germany. November 2002.
| Michelle LeBlanc
Biography to be posted.
| Marie Miesel
Marie Miesel is a
registered nurse with masters’ degrees in nursing and
exercise physiology. She is a second-generation J.R.R. Tolkien fan,
whose parents read The Lord of the
Rings to her while she was in her crib. After reading The Hobbit, she wandered, like the
unnamed Istari, to other lands. In 2001, prior to the release of New
Line Cinema’s The Fellowship of the
Ring, she returned to Middle-earth. She has had a passion for
all things Tolkien ever since. She has a special fondness for The Silmarillion and enjoys making
it accessible to others.
Judy Mitchell studied such useful things in college as English
Lit and Medieval History, so costuming seems an appropriate outgrowth
of that! She grew up depressed and bored to death, so now any time
she's left alone she tends to develop other hobbies. Judy has been a
costumed interpreter for the Smithsonian viking exhibit and
Newfoundland's Norstead emcampment in 2000, and has been winning awards
in the International Costume Guild for her historic costumes over the
last nine years. She is also one of the co-owners of AlleyCatScratch - the single
largest resource on Lord of the Rings
costuming on the internet. Since the LotR movies became so popular, she
now enjoys the lovely excuse to nose-dive back into her first passion
from High School: Tolkien! And look—she gets to combine both costuming
AND Tolkien. how fun!
has been sketching and painting natural and mythological wildlife and
landscapes since his childhood years, and is best known for his work
with the British Tolkien Society and the American Mythopoeic Society.
An avid proponent of the writings and thought of G.K.Chesterton, Jef is
a regular speaker on the topic of fairy tales and their connection with
Christian theology and art. He is the founder of the
Andúnië smial (Atlanta, GA) of the Tolkien Society.
Jef’s illustrations of whimsical tales and poems have appeared in
numerous publications worldwide, including Amon Hen, Mallorn, Mythic Circle, the Georgia Bulletin, and the St. Austin Review (StAR). His most
recent book illustrations appear in How
Shall We Celebrate? by his wife, Lorraine V. Murray
(Resurrection Press, 2005). His paintings are shown regularly in
Atlanta area galleries and at Tolkien-related events; prints of his
work can be seen online at www.JefMurray.com.
Jef is also responsible for the beautiful painting in the Gathering
In addition to his work as an artist/illustrator, Jef is employed by
the Pitts Theology Library of Emory University in Atlanta. He and
Lorraine live in Decatur, Georgia with one cat, one
hamster-in-residence (named Ignatius), and about 60,000 honeybees.
| Ted Nasmith
A native of Goderich, Ontario, Ted Nasmith spent
much of his young life on
the move and lived for three years in France. An artist
prodigy, his talents were nurtured throughout his early
years ; he now lives and works in Markham, Canada. As an illustrator he
divides his time between architectural rendering and a variety of other
of illustration, particularly the Tolkien paintings he
is becoming renowned for. Among several other interests
are a love of songwriting, singing and recording, and
of books: “There are an overwhelming number of good ones.”
His love of Tolkien inspired him to create illustrations from the first
reading of The Lord of the Rings , given by his sister at age
of fifteen. He was soon embarking on ambitious, detailed
interpretations of scene after scene from the book, while accumulating
a body of sketches. The first major piece was entitled The
Unexpected Party (1972), rendered in tempera. It featured Gandalf,
and the dwarves examining the ancient map or Erebor. Photographs
of this and one or two other early works were shown to J.R.R. Tolkien
himself and earned a favourable response. With encouragement, he
continued to turn out Tolkien illustrations in his own time for over a
decade, some of which were to take many months
to finish, particularly Rivendell , a minutely
detailed grand landscape that, according to the artist, is
his amplification of Tolkien’s own watercolour of the
same name. In time his work was brought to the attention of George
Allen & Unwin Ltd. and was soon being published in the Tolkien
Calendars (1987, 1988, 1990,1992, 1996, 2000).
Among many other publications, a lot of original pieces of work were
for Danbury Mint; The Lord of the Rings Collector Plates, for
Iron Crown Enterprise; Middle-Earth Collectible card games and
puzzles, and more recently for Fantasy Flight Games The Hobbit
Boardgame . His paintings appear on many Tolkien book covers, and
the commission to illustrate The Silmarillion represents for
him a dream fulfilled. The next three HarperCollins Tolkien calendars
will feature new wonderful visions of Tolkien’s world, with The
Fellowship of the Ring 2002 calendar, The Two Towers 2003
calendar and The Return of the King 2004 calendar.
Parker is beloved by millions of Lord of the Rings fans for his
portrayal of the elf “Haldir”. Beyond The
Lord of the Rings, Craig has a long roster of acting credits in
television, film, radio, and theater. On television, he is best known
for his roles in Shortland Street
and Mercy Peak, and also
appeared in Xena and Young Hercules. For TVNZ he
spent two weeks in Kathmandu filming Intrepid
He appeared in John Laing’s thriller No
One Can Hear You and in the as yet unreleased Return of the Jackalope, where he
and other Rings stars Bruce Hopkins and Sala Baker play
Craig appeared most recently in the theatrical production of Serial Killers last fall at the
Derby Playhouse in the UK. Prior stage work includes Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead,
The Rocky Horror Picture
Show, The Seagull, and
MacBeth. Craig was
involved in Auckland’s “Theatresports” for ten years, proving his
talent for improvisation and stand-up comedy performance. It was his
work on radio plays in 1996 and 1997 that brought him to Peter
He is also a popular MC at all types of events and is in demand for his
ability to make any audience feel at home.
Craig is very active in his support of charities and community work,
even reading “The Prayer of A Cat” at an Auckland blessing of the
animals ceremony. He currently lives in London.
In 2003 Kate
founded Actors at Work Productions as a banner for various creative
projects linked mostly to Stage and Film work.
Actors at Work Productions is based in Cambridge, UK but has worked
with people from all over the world. Early work involved filming
Theatre shows, editing them and creating high quality DVDs of the
productions, often along with behind the scenes extras.
The idea of doing a LOTRs fan film came about at the end of 2003 and
although work was started the project failed due to a lack of
filmmaking knowledge and the support of a strong creative team.
At the start of 2005 Kate made a resolution to make the most of the new
year and to fully pursue her acting and filmmaking ambitions and that
is exactly what she has been doing ever since. Kate made her
directorial debut in July 2005 with an ambitious project called Into
the Darkness and has also been involved in a number of other projects
with the Cambridge Filmmakers Network, filling a variety of roles, from
set dressing to production managing. She is a "jack of all trades"
really and it can sometimes be hard to stop her from trying to do
everything. As Kate is also an actor, when not behind the camera she
can often be found in front of it.
Born of Hope is only Kate’s second attempt at directing but she is
already proving the ability to create, with her talented crew, highly
professional looking work on a very low budget.
Kate likes to believe that “anything is possible” and Actors at Work
Productions aims to make films that are high quality, ambitious and
appealing to larger audiences.
“I want to make the kind of films that I enjoy watching.”
Arden R. Smith
lives in Albany, California, and holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics
from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published numerous
articles in the field of Tolkien studies, especially concerning
Tolkien’s invented writing systems and the translation of Tolkien’s
works. He is a member of a project to order, transcribe, and edit
Tolkien’s unpublished linguistic papers, in which his particular focus
has been those dealing with the Elvish alphabets. As part of this
project, he has edited Tolkien’s writings on The Alphabet of Rúmil
(2001), The Valmaric Script
(2003), and Early Runic Documents
(2004), published in the journal Parma
| Anna Smol
Dr. Anna Smol
is Associate Professor of English at Mount Saint Vincent University in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where she teaches medieval literature and
past year, she had the opportunity to teach a course on Tolkien. She
article in Modern Fiction Studies in 2004 entitled “‘Oh...oh...Frodo!’:
Male Intimacy in The Lord of the
Rings” and has written several entries for the
forthcoming J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia. She has given papers at recent
conferences in Kalamazoo, Birmingham, and the University of Vermont.
She has also
published articles on Old English poetry, medieval studies, and
Amy H. Sturgis
earned her Ph.D. in intellectual history from Vanderbilt University. In
the field of political history she has written two books and
co-authored a third, and in the field of science fiction/fantasy
studies she has presented research with such organizations as the Media
Studies Working Group, the International Conference on Medievalism, and
the Mythopoeic Society.
Her works have appeared in journals and magazines such as Seventeenth Century, Reason, Winedark Sea, and The LockeSmith Review, and she has
contributed multiple articles to the popular
Revolution Science Fiction.
Sturgis teaches science fiction/fantasy studies, media studies, and
Native American studies at Belmont University, including the course
“J.R.R. Tolkien in History, Political Thought, and Literature,” and
regularly teaches summer seminars at various colleges across the United
States for the Institute for Humane Studies. She holds a seat on the
Academic Advisory Board for The Market Center - Studies in Political
and Economical Freedom in Denmark.
Dr. Sturgis also serves as the co-founder and coordinator of the
Lómelindi Smial of the Tolkien Society based in Nashville,
Tennessee, USA. Under pseudonym, Dr. Sturgis has published several
short stories and novellas in the fantasy and science fiction genres,
and she currently is completing her first novel. She lives with her
husband, Dr. Larry M. Hall, and their Boston terrier, The Shire’s
Virginia Lórien (a.k.a. simply “Virginia” or “The Hobbit”), on a
small farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Subject of an Academy Award winning film and one of
the world's most talented and unique creative artists, Thoth uses a more than a four octave
vocal range, dance, theater, comedy, philosophy, mime, stillness,
electronica loops, all accompanied by violin and foot percussion to
mesmerize the audience with his prodigious energy.
Theaters: Afro Solo ‘99,
Berkeley Repertory Theater,Soon-3, Hult Center (Eugene, OR),
Statsteater (Boras, Sweden), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF)
& Libraries: Angel Orensanz Synagogue (NYC), Asian Art
Museum (SF), California Academy of Sciences (SF), Roda Sten
(Gothenburg, Sweden), S.F. Museum of Modern Art, Noe Valley Ministry
(SF), Orinda Library
Clubs & Cafes:
Anon Salon (SF), Ashkenaz (Berkeley), Berkeley Square, Cafe
International (SF), Cafe Spontane (Harbin Hot Springs), DNA (SF), Elbo
Room (SF), Family Dog/Maritime Hall (SF), Fillmore (SF), Freight &
Salvage (Berkeley), Hotel Utah (SF), Knitting Factory (NYC), La Pena
Cultural Center (Oakland), New Amsterdam Cafe (NYC), New George’s
(Marin), ODC Performance Gallery (SF), Paradise Lounge (SF), Paris
Theater (Portland), 640 Howard (SF), Sacred Grounds Café (SF),
Simple Pleasures Café (SF), Sound Factory (SF), Starry Plough
(SF), Sweetwater (SF), 1015 Folsom (SF), 177 Townsend (SF),
Transmission Theater (SF), WOW Hall (Eugene, OR)
Academy Awards, Baha’i New Year’s Celebration, BAMMIES, BayCon ‘96,
Bedrock Ball ‘96 & ‘99, CLIO Awards ‘94 & ‘95, ConFurence ‘97
& ‘98, Evolving Times Expo ‘98, First Night Santa Cruz ‘98, Gay
& Lesbian Film Festival ‘96, Lark In The Morning Traditional Music
Festival ‘97, ‘98 & ‘99, Lollapalooza ‘92, PantheaCon ‘98 &
‘99, Whole Life Expo ‘97 & ‘99
Prayformances: Bethany Methodist Church
Festivals: Carnaval (SF), SF Gay Freedom Day (Main Stage), San
Anselmo Arts & Wine, Street Performer’s Festival (Oporto), and many
Berkeley High School, California College of Arts & Crafts, Depauuw
University,Hunter College, San Francisco State University, University
of California at Berkeley
Benefits: Coalition On
Homelessness, Precita Eyes Mural Awareness, Inauguration of the AID’s
Memorial Grove, Street Survival Project, Theater Forte, The Continuum,
Milton Levin (1916-1997), David Nadel (1946-1996), Michael Sims
Names Project Archiving
Television: WABC “The
View,” WNBC, WCBS, Fox, Cinemax, CNN, KGO, New York One, KCRA,, Public
Access Ch. 53
KBLX, KCSF, KCSM, KPFA, KUSF, KZSU, World One Radio,WNYC
Magazine Articles: Boras Tidning (9/03), FHM (11/02), Newsday
(10/02, 12/01), Hoy (7/02), Manichi Times (6/02), Fiddler Magazine
(v9,no4), Metro Santa Cruz (4/02), Time Out New York (8/02), Los
Angeles Times (8/02), Queens Chronicle (4/02), San Francisco Chronicle
(4/02, 3/01), Entertainment Weekly, New York Times (2/02) Village Voice
(10/01), New York Post (10/01), New York Magazine (8/01), Daily News
(5/01), Queens Courier, Tea Party Magazine (v7,no1), Sun Reporter (1/00
& 9/99), Bay Guardian (7/99)
1996 S.F. Weekly Best
1996 S.F. Weekly WAMMIE
1999 Bay Guardian Best Of The Bay - “Best Street Opera Performer with
Classical Music Training”
The Herma: The Life and Land of Nular-in Act 3 c. 2002
The Herma: The Life and Land of Nular-in Act 2 c. 2000
The Herma: The Life and Land of Nular-in Act 1 c. 1999
Tone Poems of the Festad c. 1998
Maiden Flight c.1997
aghora c. 1995
THOTH c. 2001 (directed by Sarah Kernochan)
Timmons died on Sunday, December 18, 2005, after battling a long
illness. We use this space to honour his memory. May he Rest In Peace.
received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and currently teaches
at Ryerson University (Toronto). His dissertation explored the critical
history and authorial scholarship of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He
has published several articles and given many conference papers on
Tolkien. Timmons is the co-editor of the collection of essays, J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary
Resonances: Views of Middle-earth (Greenwood Publishing, 2000).
Timmons is also the writer, director, and producer of the video
documentary, The Legacy of The Lord
of the Rings. The film presents the literary impulses, artistic
features, critical and creative response, and cultural legacy of
Tolkien’s masterpiece. The program has been broadcasted on Bravo! and
SPACE: The Imagination Station in Canada.