Elizabeth Solopova

Elizabeth Solopova is a British philologist and medievalist undertaking research at New College, Oxford.[1][2] She is known outside academic circles for her work on J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth writings.


She graduated from Moscow University and completed her PhD in English from Oxford University.[3]


She is a research fellow at Oxford University.[4]

She teaches Old and Middle English at Oxford University.[5]

Selected publicationsEdit

Some of her books are:[6]

  • Chaucer: The General Prologue
  • The Keys of Middle-Earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien
The book offers excerpts from fourteen medieval literary works in Old English, Middle English and Old Norse together with a study of thematic parallels in J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction. A review in the journal Studies in the Novel found it well-suited for "academics, students, general readers, and Tolkien fans," while the reviewer for Strange Horizons concluded that "for those wanting to explore it the wider field, this is more a companion than a guide."[7][8]
  • Languages, Myths and History: An Introduction to the Linguistic and Literary Background of J. R. R. Tolkien's Fiction
  • Key Concepts in Medieval Literature
  • Manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible in the Bodleian and Oxford College Libraries
  • The Wycliffite Bible: Origin, History and Interpretation
  • Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue
This is a catalogue of 111 liturgical psalters from the Bodleian Library including details on the type of bookbinding as well as examples of decoration and text.[9]


  1. ^ "Solopova, Elizabeth". Library of Congress. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Solopova". University of Oxford. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  3. ^ Collier, Pieter (16 June 2009). "Interview with Dr. Solopova, author of Languages, Myths and History". Tolkien Library. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  4. ^ "About the Author: Elizabeth Solopova". University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Dr Elizabeth Solopova". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Books by Elizabeth Solopova". Goodreads. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  7. ^ Marsh, Kay (2008). "Review: The Keys of Middle Earth: Discovering Medieval Literature Through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien". Studies in the Novel. 40 (4): 517–9. JSTOR 29533903.
  8. ^ Sperring, Kari (22 February 2016). "The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien by Stuart Lee and Elizabeth Solopova". Strange Horizons.
  9. ^ Toswell, M. J. (2015). "Reviews: Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue". Speculum. 90 (1): 298–9. doi:10.1017/S0038713414002991.

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