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'J.R.R. Tolkien and the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers on the Somme' with John Bourne

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Professor John Bourne has been doing some work on J.R.R. Tolkien and the Great War with his friend Tom Shippey, a world authority on Tolkien.  John's talk will go through this work. John M Bourne taught History at Birmingham University for 30 years before his retirement in September 2009. He founded the Centre for First World War Studies of which …


In a hole in the ground – Tolkien and the Trenches by John Garth

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Award-winning Tolkien biographer, John Garth tells how Tolkien fought in the Battle of the Somme as battalion signals officer for the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers, and lost some of his closest friends there. The Great War was crucial in Tolkien’s invention of Middle-earth and his experiences shaped The Lord of the Rings, and particularly its hero Frod…