A medievalist and a Tolkien scholar, Amy 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" won the Mythopoeic Society Book of the Year for Inkling Studies in 2020. Her next book focuses on the sudden change in the perception of ghosts in the fourteenth to fifteenth centuries, 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. This summer, she’s looking forward to presenting at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds and the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at Glasgow University. Despite all the writing, she loves teaching and getting to know her students and can’t imagine a better job.