Douglas A. Anderson

Douglas Allen Anderson (born 30 December 1959) is an American writer and editor on the subjects of fantasy and medieval literature, specializing in textual analysis of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Valparaiso, Indiana. His first published book was The Annotated Hobbit (1988), which grew out of a study of the revisions made by Tolkien to the various editions of The Hobbit following the publication of The Lord of the Rings. The Annotated Hobbit won the Mythopoeic Award for scholarship. A revised edition was published in 2002.


Anderson's textual studies of The Lord of the Rings are the core of the Houghton Mifflin revised American edition of 1987, incorporating various changes made to British editions at Tolkien's direction. He also contributed a "Note on the Text" discussing the history of these changes, which was subsequently incorporated into later editions with various minor revisions.

With Verlyn Flieger and Michael D. C. Drout, he is co-editor of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, (Volume 1, 2004; Volume 2, 2005; Volume 3, 2006; Volume 4, 2007; Volume 5, 2008; and Volume 6, 2009).

Anderson has also edited modern editions of works by other fantasists including Leonard Cline, Kenneth Morris, Evangeline Walton and William Hope Hodgson.


Books written or edited by Anderson include:

  • The Annotated Hobbit, 1988
  • The Chalchiuhite Dragon by Kenneth Morris, 1992
  • The Lady of Frozen Death and Other Weird Tales by Leonard Cline, 1992
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography (Winchester Bibliographies of 20th Century Writers) (with Wayne G. Hammond), 1993
  • The Dragon Path: Collected Tales of Kenneth Morris, 1995
  • The Marvellous Land of Snergs by E. A. Wyke-Smith, 1995
  • The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis, 2000
  • Eyes of the God: The Weird Fiction and Poetry of R. H. Barlow, 2002
  • The Annotated Hobbit (revised edition), 2002, ISBN 0-618-13470-0
  • Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy, 2003
  • Book of The Three Dragons by Kenneth Morris, 2004
  • Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, Volume 1, 2004 (co-editor), West Virginia University Press, ISBN 0-937058-87-4
  • H.P. Lovecraft's Favorite Weird Tales: The Roots of Modern Horror, 2005
  • Adrift on The Haunted Seas: The Best Short Stories of William Hope Hodgson, 2005
  • Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, Volume 2, 2005 (co-editor), West Virginia University Press, ISBN 1-933202-03-3
  • Seekers of Dreams: Masterpieces of Fantasy, 2005
  • The Dark Chamber by Leonard Cline, Cold Spring Press, 2005
  • The 100 Best Writers of Fantasy & Horror, 2006 (never published)
  • Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, Volume 3, 2006 (co-editor), West Virginia University Press, ISBN 1-933202-10-6
  • Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, Volume 4, 2007 (co-editor), West Virginia University Press, ISBN 1-933202-26-2
  • Tales Before Narnia: The Roots of Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction, 2008, ISBN 978-0-345-49890-8
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Interviews, Reminiscences, and Other Essays (forthcoming)


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