Dr Atherton’s research interests include Old English as a language, including the teaching of Old English, and narrative prose in the late Old English period. He is currently working on a book on the philology of J R R Tolkien and its influence on his fictional writings.
- J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit
- The film The Hobbit
- J R R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
- J R R Tolkien and his colleagues The Inklings (C S Lewis, Owen Barfield)
- Old English (Anglo-Saxon) language and literature before AD1100
- Anglo-Saxon legends
- Anglo-Saxon history and literature