Verlyn Flieger, Ph. D. is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland specializing in myth studies and comparative mythology. She teaches a sequence of graduate and undergraduate myth courses that offer Celtic, Arthurian, Hindu, Native American, and Norse myth.
Concentrating on modern fantasy with a special focus on the works of JRR Tolkien, Professor Flieger's publications include Question of Time: JRR Tolkien's Road to Faerie, the winner of the 1998 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies; Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World; Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth co-edited with Carl Hostetter and winner of the 2002 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies; and her fictional works Pig Tale and The Doom of Camelot: "Avilion: A Romance of Voices."
Professor Flieger is co-editor with Douglas A. Anderson and Michael Drout of Tolkien Studies, a yearly journal devoted to scholarly examination of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.