Verlyn Flieger, Professor Emerita in the Department of English, is the author of four critical books on the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, Splintered Light, A Question of Time, Interrupted Music, and Green Suns and Faërie, the last a collection of her published essays on Tolkien. She has edited a critical edition of Tolkien's short work Smith of Wootton Major, and is co-editor of the critical edition of On Fairy-Stories, Tolkien's seminal essay on myth and fantasy. She co-edited Tolkien's Legendarium, a collection of essays on Tolkien's world of Middle-earth. She is co-editor of Tolkien Studies, a yearly hardcover journal devoted to scholarly examination of Tolkien's work.
As an active member of the English Department faculty for 36 years she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Tolkien, Comparative Mythology, Medieval literature and Modern Fantasy. She has presented papers at international conferences on Tolkien in England, Wales, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Italy. Flieger has also published two novels, Pig Tale and The Inn at Corbies' Caww, as well as an Arthurian novella, Avilion in the collection Doom of Camelot, and the short stories "Green Hill Country" and "Igraine at Tintagel." She teaches online courses in Tolkien and mythology for Signum University, the educational branch of the Mythgard Institute.