Amy Amendt-Raduege



A medievalist and a Tolkien scholar, Amendt-Raduege has written extensively on the intersection between medieval and modern conceptions of death, dying, ghosts, heroism, womanhood, and language. Her first book, The Sweet and the Bitter: Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings" examines how Tolkien uses the medieval model of the ars moriendi to confront the necessity of death in his work, framed by examples of real people using The Lord of the Rings in much the same way. Her next book will focus on the sudden change in the perception of ghosts in the early fifteenth century, to be followed by another book on Tolkien. Her research interests include Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse poetry and culture, medieval archaeology, the folklore of ghosts, and the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.