About Robert Thier
Robert Thier is a German historian, lover of old books and award-winning writer, whose novels and stories encompass the historical, satirical, and fantastical. For the way he manages to make the past come alive, as if he himself lived as a medieval knight, his inventive fans have given him the nickname “Sir Rob.” All of his stories are characterized by his very own brand of humor that has gained him a diverse readership ranging from teenagers to retired grandmothers.
For Robert, becoming a writer followed naturally from his interest in history. “In Germany,” he says, “we use the same word for story and history. And I've always loved the one as much as the other. Becoming a storyteller, a writer, is what I've always wanted.”
Besides writing and researching in dusty old archives, on the lookout for a mystery to put into his next story, Robert enjoys classical music and long walks in the country. The helmet you see in the picture he does not wear because he is a cycling enthusiast, but to protect his literary skull in which a bone has been missing from birth. Robert lives in the south of Germany in a small village between the three Emperor Mountains.
Why his Fans Call Robert 'Sir' Rob
It all began while Robert was writing the medieval novel 'The Robber Knight'. One of his readers misread 'Robber Knight' for 'Robert Knight', and began to refer to Rob as Sir Rob. Other fans started to use the nickname, and before Rob knew what had happened, he was elevated to knighthood by popular vote. In real life he might be a simple historian, but to his readers he has become a noble gentleman from centuries past.
How to Pronounce Robert Thier's Last Name
Sir Rob has a very sad name, although it might not seem so at first sight. His last name, 'Thier' is pronounced like the tear that runs down your face when you are crying.
But he doesn't let that get him down. Not ever! ;-)
Attribution: The Image of the Three Emperor's Mountains was taken by Volker Gringmuth, and was taken from Wikimedia Commons. It is is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Image of Robert Thier at Castle of Rechberg taken by Cira Moro.