Matthew Dickerson


May 2014: I have a few new books going to press, and a couple more under contract and in the final stages of revision. And I’m excited.

Late summer of 2014 should see the release of Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia (Cascade Books). It will be my third book co-authored with David O’Hara. (And hopefully not the last.)

Some time in the fall of 2014, the first volume of my new fantasy trilogy should be available. It will be titled The Gifted (Volume 1 of the Daegmon War in the Chronicles of Gondisle.) Kirk DouPonce of DogEared Design has finished the cover. Kirk has also designed covers for Stephen Lawhead, one of my favorite authors. You can see his cover art (without the title) for my book here:

Meanwhile I continue to receive encouraging feedback about The Rood and the Torc: the Song of Kristinge Son of Finn which was released at teh starpublisher is WingsPress, a wonderful small literary publisher out of San Antonio, Texas. It is a work of medieval historic Romance (inspired by the Finn episode of Beowulf.)

--And now... back to my old welcome note --

If this is your first visit, please read my short BIO page to learn a little about me. If you are a returning visitor, please check out the general BLOG or the special blog devoted to the works of J.R.R.TOLKIEN. The FISHING page is mostly photos and information about fishing across the U.S., with some useful links.  If you are interested in hearing me speak, check out the EVENTS page for opportunities. (Or contact me with an invitation.) Fishing

Of course I also hope you will read about my BOOKS while you are here. Prior to The Rood and the Torc, my most recent previous book was A Hobbit Journey, released at the start of September, 2012 by Brazos Press. I speak often on Tolkien. And I continue to have speaking engagements in 2013-2014 on my 2011 title, The Mind and the Machine: What it Means to be Human and Why it Matters.


News. Updates. And a Brief Welcome.


About A Hobbit Journey

"A Hobbit Journey instantly engages readers with its combination of scholarly knowledge and love for J. R. R. Tolkien's work. Matthew Dickerson resists imposing his own rigid, limiting thesis and instead interprets the text by simply pointing out to fellow readers what is there. In doing so he illuminates the power of Tolkien's stories to challenge, delight, and transform us."

    -Colin Duriez, author of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship and J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend.

"A Hobbit Journey is a grand accomplishment: a thoughtful exploration of the virtues and values that sustain the heartbeat of Tolkien's Middle-earth. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I expect that you will too."

    -Diana Pavlac Glyer, author of The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community

About The Rood and the Torc

    "Rarely does a novel of history—one that summons a distant place and time—seem so contemporary and thoroughly imagined. The Rood and the Torc is an exemplary piece of writing, one that conjures with grace and poetic skill the twilight of the Merovingian Dynasty.  Matthew Dickerson has managed to inhale the atmosphere of northern Europe in the seventh century in such a complete way that its bright particulars — the smells, sounds, tastes, and imagery -- shimmer in these pages.  His lead characters, Kristinge and Aewin, have taken root in my mind, and readers will follow their story with delight.   Dickerson writes well, and this memorable tale in his hands is expertly drawn.  A marvelous novel by a writer's whose work I've long admired."

        Jay Parini, author of The Last Station