Hello and thank you for visiting my website! My name is Luke Shelton and I am a researcher who focuses on J.R.R. Tolkien, medievalism, and medieval texts. On this website you will find information about my current research, my presentations and professional activities, and occasional random thoughts as well.

Currently, my research focuses on the ways that young readers understand and respond to The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I hope to pull together a number of resources and interesting insights here that I can share along the way!

There are two ongoing series on the blog, the Tolkien Experience Project and the First Impressions series:

The Tolkien Experience Project posts every Tuesday at 8:00 am EST/EDT. It is an attempt to catalogue the experience of different Tolkien fans and share them in a public forum to grow community around Tolkien’s work!

The First Impressions series posts every Thursday at 8:00 am EST/EDT. It is an attempt to revisit my very first reading experience of The Lord of the Rings by looking at notes I made when I initially read the story.