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- 2 Deluxe editions of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun donated by Houghton Mifflin (will be sent out once published).
- 5 harback editions of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun donated by HarperCollins.
- 1 Deluxe edition of Tales of the Perilous Realm signed by Alan Lee donated by Tolkienlibrary.com.
* Q&A with special guest Tom Shippey
* Giveaway contests (hardback & deluxe editions of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun & some other special prizes!)
Thomas Alan Shippey (born 9 September 1943) is a scholar of medieval literature, including that of Anglo-Saxon England, and of modern fantasy and science fiction, in particular the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, about whom he has written several scholarly studies, of which many have been put together in Roots and Branches: Selected papers on Tolkien. He is best known for his two books: The Road to Middle-Earth: How J. R. R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology and J.R.R.Tolkien: Author of the Century. He is widely considered one of the leading academic scholars on Tolkien. Shippey currently holds the Walter J. Ong Chair of Humanities at Saint Louis University's College of Arts and Sciences.
His work and life cross paths in many ways with that of Tolkien; like Tolkien, he attended King Edward's School, Birmingham in Birmingham and taught Old English at Oxford University. He occupied tolkien's former chair at the University of Leeds.
In addition to writing books of his own, he has edited a number of collections, such as The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, and as of 2003 is the editor of the journal Studies in Medievalism.
Under the pseudonym of John Holm, he is also the co-author (with Harry Harrison) of The Hammer and the Cross trilogy of alternate history/fantasy novels.
QUESTIONS FOR TOM SHIPPEY:
Click here to sent in questions for Tom Shippey. Whether you plan on attending the event or not you can send in a question you would like to be asked. We ask that you try to think of original questions, which relate to the guest and his background on Tolkien and of course on the new Tolkien book, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun and Nothern Mythologies in general. Yes or No questions are not advised. After the event the answers will be posted on TolkienLibrary.com for those who couldn't attend the live event.
Maybe the most important thing. The event will take place on May 5th, 2009.
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