Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
Born in Elche (1970) I am Computer Science Engineering.
Since 1990 I had been linked to publications related to fantasy literature and science fiction, and especially to the activities of the SPANISH TOLKIEN SOCIETY. I was a founding member as well as one of its main promoters and its first chairman.
Also I was the first editor of the magazine ESTEL, the journal of the association (now with more than 50 issues) where I published many times.
My work in the Spanish Tolkien Society has been rewarded with several prizes, among them the honorary Gandalf Award in 1999, its highest honor. I have also received in 2008 the Ælfwine Award of essay with the work "JRR Tolkien and the Spanish Civil War".
This is my main contribution into the field of Tolkien scholarship and is my personal contribution to the study and analysis of the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. This work affects the live of Father Francis Xavier Morgan, one of the "supporting cast" of the biography of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. The origin of the relationship between Tolkien and Morgan goes back to the infancy of the first, in the early twentieth century, when his mother, recently widowed, made the difficult decision, especially in that historical context, to become with her children to Catholicism. Morgan, a mature Spanish-born Catholic priest, was a support to them.
Little has been investigated in Tolkien's relationship with Spain, and is curious to note how,
using again to Priscilla Tolkien as a source, even after the death of Father Francis Morgan he
had noticeable influence on Tolkien, for whom the Spanish Civil War "cast a great shadow over his life"
largely enhanced by his unsettling feeling of how terrible the conflict would have been for his guardian,
if he had lived been alive after de onset of he Spanish Civil War.
J.R.R. Tolkien' Spanish Connection
The studies on the life, work and influence of J.R.R. Tolkien belong to a very special discipline since many of its scholars are not "professional" or, in other words, are not linked with universities, the natural place of the formal investigation. In any case, I consider an achievement every time I've published an essay, especially in English (a not native tongue for me).
In this sense, my most important success surely have been my contributions to two international reference publications, first TOLKIEN STUDIES, probably the top academic journal devoted to Tolkien [my essay here] and on the other hand MALLORN the journal of the Tolkien Society.
But I have also published in Spain, especially through the Spanish Tolkien Society (for example in his compilation of Gandalf and Aelfwine Awards 2007/08 or in the journal Estel). To this we must add that the Spanish Royal Academy of History has included a biographical sketch written by my of Father Francis Morgan (Tolkien's tutor) in the Diccionario Histórico Biográfico (a project inspired in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography but for Spanish people).
In Spain, I have been a lecturer at numerous events and meetings, such as university courses with curricular recognition as the ones from the Illes Balears University and the Pompeu Fabra University.
I also participated in the conference Tolkien: Myth, Truth, World sponsored by the Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo and organized in Alicante in 2007.
After this, they entrusted me the organization and technical coordination of the 2008 edition of a similar event: Tolkien: Beyond the Screen that reached a big success with the participation of distinguished Spanish Tolkien scholars and particularly with the presence of Adam Tolkien, grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien.
I have also wrote the script for the documentaries The Legacy of Tolkien and An Oxford man, produced by the Spanish Tolkien Society in order to try to give the more accurate picture as possible of the life and works of the British author.
Moreover, I was responsible for organizing the annual Convention of the Spanish Tolkien Society, known as EstelCon, in 2004 and which brought about two hundred scholars and fans of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.