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Thomas Morwinsky

by Tolkien Moot Volunteer published Jul 07, 2016 11:35 AM, last modified Jul 07, 2016 11:36 AM
Dr. Thomas Morwinsky, Ph.D., was a special guest at MerpCon III / Tolkien Moot 2007, and is the current editor of our sister publication Other Minds Magazine...

 Thomas Morwinsky, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas Morwinsky

Occupation: Doctor of entomology for the German government.

Tolkien Cartographer, Magazine Editor

Event Attended: MerpCon III

Dr. Morwinsky is author of a number of Middle-earth role playing gaming adventures and magazine contributions to Other Hands magazine and more recently to Other Minds magazine. He is also the designer of several wonderful large-scale, highly detailed maps set in Tolkien's imaginary universe, including the most detailed large-scale map of J.R.R. Tolkien's Númenor ever made.

In the “real world” Dr. Morwinsky is an entomologist for the German Government. He was flown from Germany just for the chance to speak at MerpCon III.

Dr. Morwinsky was born in 1967. He graduated with a PhD in entomology in 2002. He has been working for the German government's armed forces as the government's entomologist since 2003. He has been married since 2004. He first began role-playing in Middle-earth in 1987. He was a GM (Game Master) for MERP/RM (Middle-earth Role Playing / Role Master) in Middle-earth from 1988 to around 1999. He contributed more than half a dozen works to the the Middle-earth role playing gaming magazine Other Hands, from 1999 to 2001.

In addition to his continuing to keep Other Hands Magazine running as editor, his contributions to OH include:

  • “Inland Sea” maps in issue #25 (April 1999)
  • “Taurinafanto” in issue #27 (October 1999)
  • “The History of Monut Gundabad” in issue #28 (January 2000)
  • “An Alternative Continental Map for MERP” in issue 29/30 (July 2000)
  • Map for “Tol Fuin and the Shadowy Isles” in issues #31/32 (January 2001)
  • Supplement “Armies of Eriador” in issue 33/34 (July 2001) 


    Other works he has contributed to the Middle-earth role playing gaming community include:

  • “Population and Urbanization in Eriador” an online PDF
  • “Inland Sea” map
  • “Númenor” map


He is also co-editor of Other Minds Magazine, a quarterly online magazine (also occasionally available in print) dedicated to enthusiasts of J.R.R. Tolkien's works.