Thijs Porck researches and teaches Old English, Middle English, Tolkien and Medieval Studies at Leiden University. In April 2016, he completed his Ph.D. project on the cultural conceptualisation of old age in Anglo-Saxon England at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). In addition to the Ph.D., he holds B.A.s in English Language and Culture and Medieval History, an M.A. in English Language and Culture and an M.Phil. in Medieval History.