John D. Rateliff is an author and scholar of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other members of The Inklings, also involved with literature accompanying Dungeons and Dragons.

In 2007, he wrote the extensive two-volume work The History of The Hobbit.

Rateliff has helped produce two essay collections honoring Tolkien scholars Tom Shippey and Verlyn Flieger: Tolkien in the New Century in 2008 (with John Wm. Houghton, Janet Brennan Croft, and others) and A Wilderness of Dragons, forthcoming.

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