John D. Rateliff

John D. Rateliff spent many years researching among Tolkien’s manuscripts at Marquette University, as well as other archives. Out of this work grew The History of The Hobbit, his edition (with extensive commentary) of Tolkien’s original manuscript of The Hobbit. He holds a Ph.D. from Marquette with a dissertation on the short stories of Lord Dunsany and has a special interest in the history of fantasy and in the Inklings. Among his other publications are contributions to Mythlore, The Rhetoric of Vision (1996), Tolkien’s Legendarium (2000), The Lord of the Rings 1954–2004: Scholarship in Honor of Richard E. Blackwelder (2006), Tolkien Studies (2009), Tolkien and the Study of His Sources (2011), Picturing Tolkien (2011), and the online ‘Classics of Fantasy’ series (2002–2004). In addition to his scholarly work, John is also a longtime editor and designer for roleplaying games. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three cats. His website and blog can be seen at

  • Celebrating The Hobbit

    a conference on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Tokien
  • Conference Date:

    March 1-3, 2013