Allan Turner has interests in a wide area of language, with a B.A. in German, master’s degrees in both general linguistics and medieval studies, and a Ph.D. in translation studies. He has spent the greater part of his career teaching at universities in Germany and Switzerland; prior to his recent retirement he was Co-ordinator of English Language at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena. He has a particular interest in stylistic aspects of Tolkien, and is the author of Translating Tolkien (Peter Lang, 2005), editor of The Silmarillion: 30 Years On and co-editor (with Julian Eilmann) of Tolkien’s Poetry (both Walking Tree Publishers, 2007 and 2013). In addition he has contributed to The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2006) and the Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien (Blackwell, 2014). For his 65th birthday he was honoured with a festschrift, From Peterborough to Faëry: The Poetics and Mechanics of Secondary Worlds, edited by Thomas Honegger and Dirk Vanderbeke (Walking Tree, 2014).