Marjorie Burns is a scholar of English literature, best known for her studies of J. R. R. Tolkien.
Marjorie Jean Burns was born in 1940. She gained her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.
She is an emeritus professor of English at Portland State University, having worked on the faculty there for over thirty years. She lectured on English literature and Tolkien, writing many papers on these topics. She married the geologist Scott Burns, also at Portland State University, and Don S. Wilner. She has four children.
C. W. Sullivan III, reviewing her 2005 book Perilous Realms for the Journal of Folklore Research, found it both praiseworthy and problematic. He liked Burns's discussion of the English prejudice against the Celts, and of Tolkien's dislike of frivolous post-Shakespeare fairies. He noted that many of the chapters were published as separate papers, so there was some repetition, and she had failed to note the Celtic origin of Sir Gawain. But she had written a "valuable window into Tolkien's sources" and the way he blended "Celtic enchantment and Norse vitality", and the book was accessible to scholars and the public alike.
Kathryn Stelmach, reviewing the book for Comitatus, found her exploration of Norse "more compelling" than her "overly simplified" approach to the "Celtic" identity and the use of unreliable sources.
- 2005 Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien’s Middle-earth (ed.), University of Toronto Press.
- 2007 On Tolkien: Interviews, Reminiscences, and Other Essays (ed., with Douglas A. Anderson), Houghton Mifflin.
- "Marjorie J. Burns". Tolkien Gateway. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "Emeriti Faculty". Portland State University. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- "Marjorie and Scott Burns". Ooligan Press. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
Marjorie Burns is an author, traveler, and lover of adventure, as well as a professor of English at Portland State University. Currently on leave from teaching to write, she lives with her husband in Washington State, near the base of a dormant volcano. She is an avid kayaker, cyclist, and rock climber.
- Burns, Marjorie J. "Marjorie J. Burns". Archived from the original on 16 November 2020. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- Burns, Marjorie in Michael D. C. Drout (ed.) The J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (2007)
- Wickham-Crowley, Kelley M. (2007). "J.R R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment (review)". Tolkien Studies. 4 (1): 266–278. doi:10.1353/tks.2007.0033. ISSN 1547-3163. S2CID 146657926.
- Sullivan, C. W. III (5 September 2007). "[Review] Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-earth". Journal of Folklore Research. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
- Stelmach, Kathryn (2006). "Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-earth by Marjorie Burns". Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Project Muse. 37 (1): 223–225. doi:10.1353/cjm.2006.0013. ISSN 1557-0290.