My name is Vince! I'm of British and Italian background, and live in Oakland California. I grew up largely in New Jersey with significant periods of my early childhood spent in Italy and England. I started reading Tolkien when I was in the 7th grade in School (1987). I am a lifelong student of history, folklore, archaeology, comparative religions, anthropology, the occult, ancient paganism, British and European history. I also know a good deal about Japanese culture. This being the case - my main interest in the Tolkien Forum is to explore and unravel the various threads of influence in Tolkien's writing drawn from British and Norse folklore / myth / culture. Lets talk about "Geistesgeschichte!"