Marie Bretagnolle is a French doctoral student whose work focuses on the illustrations created for British and American editions of J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien’s Middle-earth texts. She is preparing her PhD under the joint supervision of Vincent Ferré, a renowned specialist of J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien (Paris Est-Créteil university), and Isabelle Gadoin, who specialises in text-image relationships (Poitiers university). She has presented her work at various Tolkien Society events since 2019, interviewed Alan Lee for the French national Library in February 2020, and is the host of Nerdanel’s Workshop, a Tolkien Society smial for artists.