We welcome Angela P Nicholas to the Luna family. Angela is the author of "Aragorn: JRR Tolkien's Undervalued Hero", which will be released by Luna Press Publishing in 2017. The book is an in-depth exploration of one of Tolkien's most well-known characters, a passionate study done with great care and effort.
The book will be divided into two parts. Part One is a biographical study of Aragorn covering his ancestry, pre-birth prophecies, the various stages of his life, and his death early in the Fourth Age. There is particular emphasis on the struggles he faced, both physical and mental, and on his crucially significant role (easily overlooked or underestimated) in bringing about the destruction of the One Ring and the downfall of Sauron. There are also discussions on his appearance and on his many names and titles. Part Two contains a detailed examination of his interactions and relationships with his contemporaries in Middle-earth, both individuals and races. It also considers the influence of some of his ancestors on his character and attitude.
Angela Nicholas graduated in Latin at London University in 1971 and subsequently gained post-graduate qualifications in Librarianship (1974) and Information Technology (1989). She is now retired after a career first in higher education as a librarian and then in local government as an IT specialist.
In 1973 a friend persuaded her to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, thereby triggering a lasting interest in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Being dissatisfied with the portrayal of Aragorn in Peter Jackson's LotR films, she embarked on a detailed study of the character as depicted by Tolkien. She is a member of the Tolkien Society and the Southampton UK Tolkien Reading Group, and has contributed several articles to the Society's publication, Amon Hen.
Angela has lived in Portsmouth (UK) for many years with husband, Chris Mac Arthur, and cats. She and Chris enjoy the countryside and are keen walkers. They are also members of the 1745 Association whose aims are to study the Jacobite Movement and preserve the memories of those involved in it.