“Intercessory Storytelling: The Ethical Impact of Legolas’s Storytelling in The Lord of the Rings.” Under review with The Journal of Tolkien Research.
“The Art of Eternal Disaster: Tolkien’s Apocalypse and the Road to Healing.” Forthcoming in Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review.
“‘No Pagan ever loved his god’: Tolkien, Thompson, and the Beautification of the Gods.” Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature, vol. 37.1 (Fall/Winter), 2018. Download the article here.
Essays & Reviews
Review Essay of There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien, by Verlyn Flieger, Kent State UP, 2017. Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, vol. 5.1, 2018. Access the review here.
Current & Upcoming: Tor.com article series on characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. Published articles:
- Yavanna Kementári, Giver of Gifts
- One Ring to Rule Them All
- Elrond Half-elven, Healer of Rivendell
- Denethor II, Steward of Gondor
- Idril the Far-Sighted, Wisest of Counsellors
- Maedhros Maitimo, Foe of Morgoth
- Legolas, a Radical Warrior
- Sauron–Craftsman, Ring-giver, and Dark Lord
- Haleth, Tolkien’s “Renowned Amazon”
- Melian, Divine Enchantress and Deathless Queen
- Glorfindel, Resurrected Hero and Spiritual Warrior
- Éowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan
- Míriel, Historian of the Noldor (Part 1 & 2)
- Nerdanel, Called the Wise
Conferences & Talks
“The Life and Legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien.” Guest lecture. River Terrace Church, East Lansing, MI, May 2019.
“Translating Trickster: Reading Loki for the 21st Century.” “More than Marvel: Representations of Norse Mythology in Contemporary Popular Culture,” ICMS, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2019.
“Death by Romance: The Tortured Textuality of Alcott’s A Modern Mephistopheles.” Hideous Progeny: The Gothic in the Nineteenth Century, Loyola University Chicago Victorian Society, Chicago, October 2018.
“‘No Pagan ever loved his god’: Tolkien, Thompson, and the Beautification of the Gods.” Mythcon 49, The Mythopoeic Society, Atlanta, July 2018. [Received the Alexei Kondratiev Award from the Mythopoeic Society]
“The Last of the Minstrels: Tolkien’s Quest for Abdication in the Age of the Author.” NCUR, Asheville, NC, April 2016. [Received the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award from Milligan College]
“The Return of the King: Power Constructs and Cycles in The Lord of the Rings.” NCUR, Asheville, NC, April 2016. [Received the Edwin W. Gaston scholarship from the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society]
“The Stranger in the Mirror: Identity Formation and the Other Construct in Selected Short Stories.” First annual Tennessee Experiential Learning Symposium (TELS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, October 2015.