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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 …


Tolkien’s War: J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lancashire Fusiliers by Professor John Bourne

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Tolkien is, to the consternation of many in the literary establishment, possibly the most widely read of twentieth-century British authors, whose sales show no sign of slacking.  Tolkien volunteered for military service in June 1915 and was commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers.  He served on the Somme with the 11th Battalion (74 Brigade, 25th D…