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J.R.R. Tolkien and the First World War

Grand Cultural Tours is working with some of the leading scholars on J.R.R. Tolkien and the First World War to develop a special one day event, featuring keynote speakers and a Tolkien Walking Tour (in Oxford, UK).

The event will celebrate Tolkien’s life and remember those who fought in the Great War.

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J. R. R. Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

Tolkien went to France in June 2016 and was posted to the 11th Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers.  From July onwards his battalion went in and out of the line along the northern sector of the Somme.  He occupied front line trenches in Beaumont-HamelSerre and the Leipzig Salient.  On the 28th September they undertook a successful raid against the Pope’s Nose opposite Thiepval and on 21 October helped to capture Regina Trench.  For both of these actions, Tolkien served as Battalion Signalling Officer (1).



1. Imperial War Museum

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