Alaric Hall is J. R. R. Tolkien’s distant successor as a lecturer in medieval at the University of Leeds. Whereas Tolkien stayed for five years, however, Hall arrived in 2007 as still has not left. Before that, Hall studied at Cambridge, Glasgow, and Helsinki. He is the author of Elves in Anglo-Saxon England: Matters of Belief, Health, Gender and Identity (2007) and Útrásarvíkingar! The Literature of the Icelandic Financial Crisis (2008–2014) (2020). He is also the director of the Leeds Institute for Medieval Studies.