Probably the only Tolkien scholar
to hail from Magnolia, Arkansas,
John has at various times been
a shoe-shine, library assistant,
a long-time graduate student,
for a children’s books publisher,
game editor, designer,
and independent scholar.
In addition to presenting papers on Tolkien
and other fantasy writers at a number of conferences,
he has helped organize two major Tolkien conferences
and spent many years researching among Tolkien’s manuscripts
at Marquette University, as well as other archives.
Out of this work grew The History of The Hobbit,
his two-volume edition of Tolkien’s original manuscript of The Hobbit.
He has a special interest in the history of fantasy,
and likes to describe his Ph.D. as «a degree in fantasy».
In addition to his scholarly work, John is also
a longtime editor and designer for roleplaying games,
particularly D&D, having worked for TSR (1991-1996),
Wizards of the Coast (1997-2001), and Hasbro/WotC (2003-2005),
along with freelancing for a number of other companies.
He currently lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three cats,
whose names derive respectively from a Beatles song,
a Great Old One, and a Tolkien character.
Articles – Artículos
Biblioteca Nacional de España
Douglas A. Anderson
Libros / Books / Llibres
How THE HOBBIT Came to Milwaukee: Dr. John D. Rateliff speaking at Marquette University[youtube id=»vFY534kSm90″ width=»600″ height=»350″ autoplay=»no» api_params=»» class=»»]
MerpCon 4 Tolkien Moot 2008 Tolkien authors John D. Rateliff and Michael Martinez unedited[youtube id=»QzBsSi-8mAo» width=»600″ height=»350″ autoplay=»no» api_params=»» class=»»]
Tolkien Moot 2008 MerpCon IV John D. Rateliff solo speech History of the Hobbit author[youtube id=»VnzZhCDU_Ew» width=»600″ height=»350″ autoplay=»no» api_params=»» class=»»]