Hello and welcome to my website. I am Dr Dimitra Fimi, Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature, and specialist on J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy literature. Here you will find more information about my books, essays and articles, talks and lectures, and media appearances and contributions.
November 2021: New publication: Επιδράσεις της Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Γραμματείας στο Έργο του Τζ.Ρ.Ρ. Τόλκιν (Echoes of Ancient Greek Literature in the Work of J.R.R. Tolkien). Further details here and here.
14 September 2021: Listen to the Universe has been published! This pop-up book, co-authored by Dr Mariela Masso Reid and me, and illustrated by Oliver Dean, created with the help of the LIGO India education and public outreach team (Samir Dhurde, Dr Manasadevi P. Thirugnanasambandam, Shivani Pethe and Dr. Surhud More) was produced via a GCRF-funded project. Find out more here.
11 April 2021: Absolutely delighted to have been awarded the Tolkien Society Outstanding Contribution Award!
1 November 2019: Review of Ebony Elizabeth Thomas’s The Dark Fantastic for the TLS: “Dark others: Black girls and fantasy fiction”. Read the review here: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/dark-others/
7-9 October 2019: Keynote for 5th International Multidisciplinary Congress Phi 2019: “Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy”. Watch the keynote here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSljPuCJd9M
10 July 2019: Launch of Tiny Alice project and Miniature Book Exhibition I curated at the University of Glasgow. More about the project and exhibition here: http://dimitrafimi.com/2019/09/05/tiny-alice-and-miniature-books-exhibition-july-september-2019/
1-4 July 2019: Organizing paper sessions and a round table panel on J.R.R. Tolkien at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds. Roundup here: http://dimitrafimi.com/2019/08/23/tolkien-at-imc-leeds-2019-round-up/
17 May 2019: Review of the Tolkien biopic for the TLS: “Linguistics, mythology and tea: J. R. R. Tolkien’s early life”. Read the review here: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/linguistics-mythology-and-tea/
6 December 2018: New article published for The Conversation: “Was Tolkien really racist?”. Read the article here: https://theconversation.com/was-tolkien-really-racist-108227
11-13 September 2018: Lecture on ‘Fairy-tales’ for the Oxford Fantasy Literature Summer School: https://www.english.ox.ac.uk/event/here-be-dragons-oxford-fantasy-literature-summer-school
20-22 July 2018: Course for Tŷ Newydd (the National Writing Centre of Wales) on ‘(Re)telling traditional narratives: myth, legend, fairy tale’, alongside Catherine Fisher
2-5 July 2018: Organizing paper sessions and a round table panel on J.R.R. Tolkien at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds. Roundup here: http://dimitrafimi.com/tolkien-at-imc-leeds-2018-round-up/
23 June 2018: Public lecture for the Story Museum and Royal Entomological Society exhibition “Insects Through the Looking Glass” titled: ‘Wings, Antennae, and Stings: Tolkien’s Creepy Crawlies’: http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/wings-antennae-stings-tolkiens-creepy-crawlies/
5 June 2018: Panel discussion on “Mythopoeia: Myth-creation and Middle-earth” for the Bodleian Library’s “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth” exhibition, alongside Professor Dame Marina Warner, Professor Verlyn Flieger, and moderated by Professor Carolyne Larrington
24 May 2018: Seminar for the Centre for Myth Studies (University of Essex), Myth Reading Group: ‘“The Battle of the Trees”: from medieval Welsh legend to modern fantasy’
10-13 May 2018: Paper for Tolkien sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan: ‘“Queer” Border, “Hidden Kingdom”: Perceptions of Wales in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Work’
26-27 April 2018: Keynote for GIFCon (Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations) 2018: ‘In the blood and in the landscape: escaping (into) the “Celtic” past in contemporary children’s fantasy’
22 April 2018: My essay “‘Tears are the very wine of blessedness’: joyful sorrow in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings“, published in Death and Immortality in Middle-earth, won the Tolkien Society Award 2018 for Best Article. Read more here: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2018/04/winners-of-the-tolkien-society-awards-2018-announced/
13 March 2018: A review of Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy by Professor Brian Attebery in International Research in Children’s Literature (IRCL) described the book as: “a clear, substantial, and original contribution to fantasy studies”. Read the review here: http://www.irscl.com/review_celtic_myth.html
7 March 2018: New journal article published: ‘Language as Communication vs. Language as Art: J.R.R. Tolkien and Early 20th-Century Radical Linguistic Experimentation’, Journal of Tolkien Research, 5(1), pp. 1-28. Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol5/iss1/2/
24 January 2018: New article published for The Conversation: “Ursula K Le Guin’s strong female voice challenged the norms of a male-dominated genre”. Read more (and the article) here: http://dimitrafimi.com/ursula-k-le-guin-in-memoriam/
21 December 2017: New article published for the The Conversation, titled: “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Christmas letters to his children bring echoes of Middle-earth to the North Pole”. Read more (and the article) here: http://dimitrafimi.com/new-article-on-j-r-r-tolkiens-father-christmas-letters-in-the-conversation/
13 November 2017: I was delighted to announce the Wales Book of the Year 2017 winner at a ceremony in Cardiff. It was an honour to be one of three judges for the English entries. Many congratulations to the winners of each category, and to the overall winner, Alys Conran, for her novel Pigeon. Photo courtesy of Camera Sion and Literature Wales. Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-41976471