The Rev. John Wm. Houghton, Ph.D., has contributed to Beyond Bree, Mythlore, Mythprint, Tolkien the Medievalist, Tolkien Studies, and the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia, and has been active in Tolkien fandom since the 1970s. An Episcopal priest, he is the Firestone Endowment Chaplain and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he teaches ethics and philosophical theology. He completed degrees in English and in Systematic Theology before taking his doctoral degree at the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame with a dissertation on the Acts commentaries of St. Bede the Venerable. He is the author of a fantasy novel, Rough Magicke, and of Falconry and Other Poems.
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