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. He is a winner of the Mythopoeic Award for scholarship.

Douglas A. Anderson
Born (1959-12-30) December 30, 1959 (age 61)
Valparaiso, Indiana, United States
OccupationAmerican writer

Early lifeEdit

Douglas Anderson was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, United States. 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. A revised edition was published in 2002.[1]


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 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 a founding editor of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review; the first volume appeared in 2004.[2]

Anderson has edited modern editions of works by fantasy authors including Leonard Cline, Kenneth Morris, Evangeline Walton and William Hope Hodgson.[3] He is a visiting lecturer at Signum University.[3] Aside from his editing and Tolkien studies, he is a bookseller, having worked first in Ithaca, New York, and then in Indiana.[1] He runs the publishing business Nodens Books, which seeks to revive the work of forgotten authors.[3]

Awards and distinctionsEdit

The Annotated Hobbit won the 1990 Mythopoeic Award for scholarship.[4]


  • J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography (Winchester Bibliographies of 20th Century Writers) (with Wayne G. Hammond), St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1993
  • Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy, Ballantine Books, 2003
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Interviews, Reminiscences, and Other Essays, Houghton Mifflin, 2007 ISBN 978-0-618-44516-5
  • Tales Before Narnia: The Roots of Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction, Del Ray, 2008, ISBN 978-0-345-49890-8


  1. ^ a b "Douglas A. Anderson". Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Volume 1, 2004". Tolkien Studies. Retrieved 3 July 2021. The founding editors are Douglas A. Anderson (The Annotated Hobbit), Michael D. C. Drout (Beowulf and the Critics), and Verlyn Flieger (Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World).
  3. ^ a b c "Douglas A. Anderson Visiting Lecturer". Signum University. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Mythopoeic Scholarship Award: Inklings Studies". Mythopoeic Society. Retrieved 3 July 2021.


  • Anderson, Douglas A (editor): The Annotated Hobbit (revised edition), 2002, ISBN 0-618-13470-0
  • Mythprint, June 1999

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