Bournemouth is a large town on the south coast of England. It was a place that J.R.R. Tolkien frequently visited for his holidays; staying in the same room at the Hotel Miramar, with a second room to write in. In the late 1960s Tolkien retired to nearby Poole with his wife to escape the attention of Oxford. After his wife's death, Tolkien moved back to Oxford and lived at 21 Merton Street. In late August 1973, he visited Bournemouth to see some friends; it was here that he died on September 2, 1973.