Middle-earth News Staff

Arwen – Executive Director

North Carolina

The Creator and Executive Director of Middle-earth News. Arwen is a mother of two, an uber geek, loves all things Tolkien, pretends to understand LOTRO, and kicks ass at fantasy card games. She constantly quotes from The Muppets, Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate…. you get the point.

Spontaneous bursts of singing have been known to occur. Charlie is her guitar, Chewbacca is her car, and Moya is her van. Her wardrobe consists of geeky tees, jeans, and Chucks.


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Valdís Longbeard – Assistant Director

New York

Valdís is a classic nerd, with many geeky interests, but her life-long love of Tolkien rules them all. She was completely hooked the first time that she read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings at age 8.  Since then, she has read the books at least once a year, and delves into Middle-earth at every opportunity with a fervor that would make any dwarf proud.  She also deeply loves Peter Jackson’s films, and defends them staunchly when need arises.

When reality forces her out of Middle-earth, Valdís is a university professor, a wife, mother of two daughters, and servant to three cats.


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Alice – Staff Reporter


Alice discovered Tolkien’s world when she was 12 years old and watched The Fellowship of the Ring for the first time. It was love at the first sight. She read The Lord of the Rings in a few days and felt so sad when she finished that she read all the appendices several times and so it started her passion for the dates.

When not at her desk looking for something Middle-earth related or studying, you’ll probably find her whispering spells, just to be prepared when she’ll receive her Hogwarts Acceptance Letter.


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Myla – Staff Reporter


After being dragged to see The Fellowship of the Ring back in 2001 with her dad, Myla fell head-over-hobbit-feet in love with Middle-earth. She would love nothing more than to be able to live peacefully in the Shire and go on the occasional adventure with Bilbo, but in reality she’s a graphic designer who enjoys collecting everything she can about the Professor’s world.


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Maria – Contributor


When Maria watched the Fellowship the very first time in cinemas, she fell hopelessly in love with Tolkien’s work. Up to the point where she lost herself in Middle Earth entirely. When not occupied with studying, she likes to draw, hoard books, travel around (if her bank account allows it), and pretending to be a hobbit that is attending Hogwarts in order to become a Jedi knight.


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Britta – Contributor

New Hampshire

Britta first read The Hobbit when she was ten years old and has since devoted the majority of her time to studying and writing about Tolkien’s legendarium. When not immersed in maps and books, she can be found fighting off the agents of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings Online.


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Evie – Contributor

United Kingdom

Evie was introduced to Tolkien’s work by her boyfriend, over a beer in the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford. She went home, read the books and, a while later, married her boyfriend. She has only recently discovered fandom, after years of eye-rolling by her husband and children and is delighted to find it warm and welcoming and not-at-all weird.

As well as tracking down bits of news and sharing them with others, she leads horses for Riding for the Disabled and loves the cinema and theatre and her wildlife garden.



Former Team Members

Amanda Capley

Amanda has always been a self-proclaimed nerd. It only seemed a natural progression for her to become so deeply entrenched in the vast world of Middle-earth. She quickly found herself being swept away by the intense battles, deep moral messages, and the handsome dwarf, Kili.

In addition to staying on top of all the latest Middle-earth news and events, Amanda is a full-time university student. She is also a passionate animal-lover with pets such as a giant black cat named Ozzy and a guinea pig named Gimli. The rest of her free time is spent traveling, writing, watching TV and movies, and attending nerdy conventions.

Anastasia Green

As a writer, Anastasia loves all things fiction. Being exposed to Tolkien as a teenager, she remembers reading LOTR everywhere, hardly taking her nose out of the book. He remains her main mentor to this day. Anastasia finished primary school in Poland, where she was introduced to all the magical Scandinavian stories and legends. Her love for Finnish fiction is what compelled her to begin writing. Anastasia is in love with all that has to do with film-making, is somewhat a weird mixture of old and new (the lady and a rebel), draws a little, and snowboards. When she’s not traveling in her Tardis, Ana loves taking evening strolls in her “Mind Palace” and occasionally popping by The Prancing Pony, humming to the Song Of Ice and Fire.

Lily Milos

Lily’s first experience with Tolkien was when the eccentric Mrs. H performed all of the characters from The Hobbit in her seventh grade class. In high school, she felt obliged to decline a second date with a boy who said he had no interest in reading The Lord of the Rings. In college, she unwisely decided to reread her beloved copy of The Hobbit during finals week, with only semi-disastrous results.

When not writing for Middle-earth News, Lily tries not to unnerve her coworkers and family with her extreme geekery, but somehow, Star Wars, Star Trek, Sherlock, Merlin, Doctor Who, The Princess Bride, Back to the Future, superheroes, Disney movies, and of course, Tolkien, seem to have relevance in EVERY conversation.


From time out of mind, Oloriel has been typing away in her little apartment, cats at her feet, hoping to reach out to other fantasy lovers by way of folkandfairy.com. Her discovery of Tolkien as a young adult awakened her long-dormant love of the otherworldly, and now she sees magic everywhere.

Oloriel has a degree in writing, which she put to work during a three-year stint in vanity publishing – an experience not unlike purgatory and very much like having to read 20 bad books each week – which she prefers not to talk about. To renew herself, she knits, naps, reads, prays, writes, walks in the woods, and eats too many cookies.

Rachel Took

Rachel was transformed from reluctant viewer to die hard fan when she saw The Lord of the Rings for the first time with her younger brother on a borrowed video cassette tape. Now seven years later Rachel has never lost her love for Peter Jackson’s films, but has grown in her passion for Middle Earth, Tolkien’s works, and especially hobbits.