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.



To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the Bodleian Libraries and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, will mount a display of original drawings from the Tolkien archive and host a panel discussion on reactions to Tolkien’s work, then and now, on 29th October 2015.
The panel discussion will be held in the Lecture Theatre in the Weston Library, 5-6pm. The speakers will be Professor Andy Orchard, the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford, a position formerly held by Tolkien; Dr Dimitra Fimi, lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University and specialist in Tolkien and fantasy literature; and Dr Patrick Curry, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Lampeter and writer on Tolkien. The session will be chaired by Dr Stuart Lee, lecturer in English at the University of Oxford and editor of A Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien (2014). The discussion will be followed by drinks in Blackwell Hall, 6-7pm.

The event is open to all and free to attend. Booking is essential to attend the panel discussion. Please book via: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/lord-rings-tolkien%E2%80%99s-legacy-0


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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,


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