He is known as an expert in the tales of King Arthur, and in 2008 became the director of the Centre de l'imaginaire arthurien ('Center of Arthurian Imagination') based in Rennes, France. In Looking for the Hobbit, Tolkien-illustrator John Howe finds him at a castle in Alsace, France telling of the magician Merlin, and over the course of the series Mezzalira provides the account of Uther Pendragon and his son King Arthur. He and Howe explore many places in Europe of Medieval significance, to learn of some of J.R.R. Tolkien's inspirations.
Mezzalira is currently involved in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Nicolas Mezzalira at the French Wikipedia