Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger (born 1933) is an author, editor, and professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland at College Park. She teaches courses in comparative mythology, medieval literature and the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. She has written numerous books and papers on Tolkien and is well known as a Tolkien scholar.


Flieger holds a master's degree (1972) and doctorate (1977) from The Catholic University of America, and has been associated with the University of Maryland since 1976. In 2012, retiring from teaching at Maryland, Flieger began teaching Arthurian studies online at Signum University.[1][2]

Her best-known books are Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World (1983; revised edition, 2002), which argues that light is a central theme of Tolkien's mythology; A Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien's Road to Faerie, which won the 1998 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings studies;[3] and Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology (2005).[4]

She won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies a second time in 2002 for Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth, which she co-edited with Carl Hostetter;[5] in 2013 she won it for Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien,[6] and in 2019, for a fourth time, for There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien.[7]

Flieger has also written a young adult fantasy, Pig Tale, and short stories.[2] With David Bratman and Michael D. C. Drout, she is co-editor of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review.[2]



Scholarly books written or edited by Flieger include:

  • 1983 Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World (2002 edition ISBN 978-0873387446)
  • 2000 Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth (co-editor with Carl Hostetter), ISBN 0-313-30530-7
  • 2001 A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien's Road to Faerie, 2001, ISBN 0-87338-699-X
  • 2002 Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World (revised edition), ISBN 0-87338-744-9
  • 2005 Interrupted Music: The Making Of Tolkien's Mythology, ISBN 0-87338-824-0
  • 2005 Smith of Wootton Major by J.R.R. Tolkien, extended critical edition (editor), ISBN 0-00-720247-4
  • 2008 Tolkien on Fairy-stories by J.R.R. Tolkien (co-editor with Douglas A. Anderson), ISBN 0-00-724466-5
  • 2012 Green Suns and Faerie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, ISBN 978-1-60635-094-2
  • 2015 The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien (editor), ISBN 978-0008131364
  • 2016 The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun by J.R.R. Tolkien, (editor) ISBN 978-0008202132
  • 2019 There Would Always be a Fairytale: More Essays on Tolkien, ISBN 978-1-60635-308-0



  • 2000 "Avilion" in The Doom of Camelot ed. James Lowder
  • 2005 "Green Hill Country" in Seekers of Dreams ed. Douglas A. Anderson

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  1. ^ "Verlyn Flieger". Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Verlyn Flieger". Signum University. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Mythopoeic Awards 1998". Mythopoeic Society. 1998. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Verlyn Flieger". Google Scholar. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Mythopoeic Awards 2002". Mythopoeic Society. 2002. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Mythopoeic Awards 2013". Mythopoeic Society. 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Mythopoeic Awards 2013". Mythopoeic Society. 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2020.

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