MUW professor confirmed Tolkien devotee, scholar

February 8, 2015 6:10 PM

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Not just the framed Middle-earth posters on her walls, but the glass-front case filled with figures from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." There's Strider, Arwen and Elrond, the Lord of Rivendell. And the great wizard, Gandalf. The figurines represent characters that were real to Stratyner years before director Peter Jackson thought to interpret them on the big screen.

Stratyner is an Anglo-Saxonist — one who studies the literature of England before 1066 — and a confirmed Tolkien devotee and scholar. The late author's epic fantasies are as familiar to her as the route to work. Reading them as a teen even inspired her choice of career. The Mississippi University fo...

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