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 mediæval 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.
About Chiara Palladino
Chiara Palladino is Assistant Professor of Classics at Furman University. She regularly collaborates with the Perseus Library, the Open Greek and Latin Project, the Pelagios Project, and the Perseids Project. Her current research involves the investigation of meaningful linguistic patterns in premodern geographical narratives and transmedial representations of descriptive geographies through digital mapping.
She is currently exploring models of extraction and classification of information related to Named Entities at large, and this is where her research interests met her passion for Tolkien.
In the Digital Tolkien project, she mainly works on a data model of proper names, which will result in a set of interactive authoritative references to all named entities in Tolkien. She is also interested in the geography of Middle-Earth, and planning to do research on mapping descriptions of travel across Tolkien’s works.
Work here has also been done in collaboration with Paul O’Rear, Francesco Mambrini, Erik Mueller-Harder, Elise Trudel Cedeño, and Ugo Truffelli. Some of these people really should have biographies here :-)
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.