Dr Dimitra Fimi is Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy literature. Her first book, Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) won the Mythopoeic Scholarship award in Inklings Studies and was also shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award. She recently co-edited (with Andrew Higgins) the first critical edition of Tolkien’s essay “A Secret Vice,” in which he theorizes language invention as part of coherent worldbuilding (A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages, HarperCollins, 2016). Her latest book, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology, has just been published as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Critical Approaches to Children's Literature series. Based on adaptation theory, reception studies, as well as archival research and interviews with authors, the book focuses on the construction of “Celtic” identities in contemporary fantasy novels for younger readers, both in the British Isles and in their Diasporas. Dimitra lectures on fantasy, science fiction, children's literature and medievalism. For more information see her website or follow her on Twitter.
Folklore is central in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: not only “external” folklore, the folklore of the “real” world,