Hello and welcome to my website. I am Dr Dimitra Fimi, lecturer in English and specialist on J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy literature. I also lecture on science fiction, children’s literature and myth and folklore.

New monograph out now!

My new monograph, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan, as part of their Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature series. You can buy the e-book or hardcover via the Palgrave website, SpringerLink or Amazon.


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  1. Fred Gibbs

    Dear Dr. Fimi,

    I wish to simply thank you for your study and publications on Tolkien’s works. I recently purchased, prior to knowing about you (which I got on the TV on WWI and Tolkien), a book about this man and his experiences at the Somme and their direct, indirect, or simply misunderstood allegorical meanings, if any. I will be seeking this out in US stores and am sure it’s available, even if internationally, from amazon.com.

    According to your site, you’re currently teaching in Cardiff. I am a fan of Wales, in particular Swansea, as Dylan Thomas is one of my favorite reads (be it research or poetry).

    I intend to purchase your book: shame we don’t have someone like you on the Northeast Coast of the US teaching the same Tolkien-istory: what a great class that would be.

    Anyway, glad I saw you and read about you online and look forward to reading your books.

    Yours in Midgard,

    Fred Gibbs
    New Hampshire, USA

    1. Dimitra Fimi Post author

      Thanks for your kind words, Fred – I hope you will find my book enjoyable. Do send me comments once you’ve read it. You mention a book on Tolkien and WWI – is that John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War? I assume so, it’s an excellent study.

      You say it would be great to take a class with me – well, you actually can! I will be teaching Tolkien online again next term, starting in January 2015. The course is titled J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth and Middle-earth in Context, is run via my university (Cardiff Metropolitan) and is delivered entirely online. I have had many students from the US when I run the course in the past. You can find more information via this link:

      All the best,


  2. Aonghus Fallon

    Interestingly enough, Patricia Lynch (whom I’m guessing you recognise as a big influence on Pat O’Shea) was still writing into the early sixties, although the books I most associate with her – ‘The Turfcutter’s Donkey’ & ‘The King of the Tinkers’ – were written much earlier. Not sure how much Irish mythology featured in her later work. It’s only a small part of ‘The Turfcutter’s Donkey’ & ‘The King of the Tinkers’ but if you haven’t read either book, they are worth checking out.

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