Gerard Hynes studied English and History at Trinity College, receiving a BA in English in 2009. In 2014 he received a PhD from Trinity College for a thesis on ideas of creation in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
His research and teaching interests focus on the Literature of the Fantastic, whether in contemporary Popular Literature (especially Fantasy and Science Fiction), Children’s Literature or Medieval Literature.
He is senior editor of Vexillum: The Undergraduate Journal of Classical and Medieval Studies( and reviews books for Tolkien Studies and Children’s Books Ireland.
He has taught modules on J.R.R. Tolkien and Fantasy Literature for the MPhil in Popular Literature and the MPhil in Children’s Literature as well as contributed to the core course of the MPhil in Popular Literature.
At undergraduate level he has taught on the courses: Early English Language; Beginnings of English Poetry; Shakespeare: Text, Stage, Screen; and Irish Writing 1890-1945.

Publications include:


  • Tolkien: The Forest and the City (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013), ed. with Helen Conrad-O’Briain.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘Locations’, ‘Geography and Maps’ and ‘World Defaults’ in Mark J. P. Wolf (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds  (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
  • ‘Language Makes and Breaks Worlds: China Miéville’s Embassytown’, in Mark J. P. Wolf (ed.), Revisiting Imaginary Worlds: A Subcreation Studies Anthology (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
  • ‘From Nauglath to Durin’s Folk: The Hobbit and Tolkien’s Dwarves’ in Brad Eden (ed.), The Hobbit in Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on Revisions and Influences (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014).
  • ‘“Sous la sombre quille de la Terre” – Tolkien et la géologie’, trans. by Vivian Stocker, in Didier Willis (ed.), Tolkien: le façonnement d’un monde, Vol.II, Astronomie et Géographie (Toulouse: Le Dragon de Brume, 2014).
  • ‘“The Cedar is Fallen!”: Empire, Deforestation, and the Fall of Númenor’ in Helen Conrad-O’Briain and Gerard Hynes (eds), Tolkien: The Forest and the City (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013).
  • ‘“Beneath the Earth’s Dark Keel”: Tolkien and Geology’, Tolkien Studies 9 (2012): 21-36.

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