Matthew Dickerson


September 2013: Copies of my new novel The Rood and the Torc: the Song of Kristinge Son of Finn have arrived at my door! I was, of course, quite excited to hold one in my hand. The publisher 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.) The official publication date (when it will be in bookstores) is not until January, 2014, but it is now possible to put in advance orders. Plus I will have a few copies with me for readings and speaking opportunities. 

    I have also signed a contract for a three volume fantasy series collectively called The Daegmon War expected to be released by AMG in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Volume one has been titled The Gifted. The second and third volumes will be called The Betrayed and The Mountain. Look for these all in a bookstore near you.

--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