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Verlyn Flieger is a specialist in comparative mythology with a concentration in J.R.R. Tolkien. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Tolkien, Celtic, Arthurian, Native American, and Norse myth.

Retired from teaching at the University of Maryland in 2012, she is Professor Emerita in the Department of English at UMD. She teaches courses online at Signum University.

The Story of Kullervo is one of Tolkien's earliest efforts, and helped lay the foundation for one of the Three Great Tales of the Silmarillion.

Verlyn Flieger edited this first critical edition.


The Story of Kullervo
The Story of Kullervo

Books About Tolkien

Green Suns and Faerie: Essays on J. R. R. Tolkien
Now available

Tolkien On Fairy-stories
Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson, editors.

Smith of Wootton Major
Verlyn Flieger, editor.

Interrupted Music
Now available.

Splintered Light
Second edition revised and expanded.

A Question of Time
Winner of the 1998 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies.

Tolkien's Legendarium
Winner of the 2002 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies

Tolkien Studies
A yearly journal devoted to scholarly examination of the works of JRR Tolkien


Green Suns and Faerie
Green Suns and Faerie: Essays on J. R.
R. Tolkien

Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World
Light Revised Edition


The Inn at Corbies' Caww
A novel of forgetting and remembering in magical time
The Inn
at Corbies' Caww

Pig Tale
A novel of love, sacrifice and redemption with themes from Celtic myth
Pig Tale

A novella in The Doom of Camelot.

"Green Hill Country"
A short story in Seeker of Dreams.
Green Hill Country


Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology
Interrupted Music

A Question of Time
A Question of Time - Tolkien.

Tolkien's Legendarium


Verlyn Flieger, Professor Emerita
Department of English
University of Maryland
College Park Maryland

Signum University

Email: Verlyn Flieger


Selected Courses

Signum University:
The Arthur story
University of Maryland:
Tolkien and his Century
Studies in Mythmaking
Medieval Modes
Arthurian Myth
Tolkien on War


Prof. Flieger is a recognized public speaker and lecturer, appearing in several films and videos and participating in numerous conferences throughout the world, including conferences in


Contact Prof. Flieger to arrange a speaking engagement for your organization.


Tolkien Studies is available from West Virginia University Press (See Tolkien Studies)


Tolkien Studies
Tolkien Studies

Work is currently being considered for future issues. Send submission to Verlyn Flieger, Submissions Editor.