Dr Mark Atherton

Lecturer in English, Faculty of English and Regent's Park College


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
  • Mythology
  • Anglo-Saxon history and literature