Helmut W. Pesch
|Helmut W. Pesch|
|Born||30 August, 1952|
Helmut W. Pesch was born and raised in Mönchengladbach. He studied English philology, history of art and archaeology in Cologne and later in Glasgow. In 1981, he completed his doctorate to become Doctor of Philosophy. His doctoral thesis, Fantasy - Theorie und Geschichte einer literarischen Gattung ("Fantasy - theory and history of a literary genre"), was the first German work about fantasy literature and was published in 1982.
Between 1984 and 1986 he was subeditor for Science-Fiction and Fantasy at the German publishing company Bastei-Lübbe, since then he works there as editor for fiction. He is also a member of the Board of Academic Advisors for Walking Tree Publishers.
Pesch wrote some novels, inspired by mythological themes. During his research for fantasy and J.R.R. Tolkien, Helmut W. Pesch published several essays and a critical anthology about Tolkien's stories and its inspirations. With his knowledge of Elvish languages, he wrote a two-part elvish-dictionary.
Currently Pesch lives with his wife and his daughter near Cologne.
- 1991: Appendices, Appendix E (I) (Anhang E (I): Aussprache, first published in the German edition of 1991)
- 2002: The Complete Guide to Middle-earth (Das große Mittelerde-Lexikon (revised edition))
- 2007: The Children of Húrin (Die Kinder Húrins) (co-translator Hans J. Schütz)
- 2008: The Road to Middle-earth (Der Weg nach Mittelerde)
 Original Works
- 1984: J. R. R. Tolkien: Der Mythenschöpfer (Anthology)
- 1994: Das Licht von Mittelerde (Collection of lectures and essays)
- 2001/2004: Elbisch-Wörterbuch and Elbisch - Lern- und Übungsaufgaben (Two-part elvish-dictionary with exercises)
- 2009: Das große Elbisch-Buch (Elvish-dictionary)