About James Tauber

At the age of eleven, James Tauber was obsessed with two things: computers and The Hobbit. For his twelfth birthday, his aunt bought him The Return of the King, but not having read the first two parts of The Lord of the Rings, James was reluctant to start reading the main text. Instead he dived into the appendices, particularly the information on languages and writing systems.

With this seed planted, James ended up majoring in linguistics at university and combined this with his interest in programming to work on marking up mediƦval and ancient texts electronically for linguistic analysis.

Although working professionally as a technologist and software developer in the two decades since, he has maintained a scholarly involvement in historical corpus linguistics and digital humanities especially in the context of Biblical and Ancient Greek texts. He blogs regularly on that topic at https://jktauber.com/.

In 2017, year James formally extended his scholarly interests to the Germanic languages, undertaking studies at Signum University in comparative philology and both Old Norse and Old English language and literature.

You can follow James on Twitter @jtauber and email him at jtauber@jtauber.com.

About the Other Collaborators

James has already started working with a couple of collaborators and more information about them will appear on this page over time.

Please contact James if you are working on the computational analysis of texts and would like to see some of your approaches applied to Tolkien or if you are a Tolkien scholar looking for digital and quantitative support in your work.