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'''Lascelles Abercrombie''' ([[January 9]], 1881 – [[October 27]], [[1938]]) became Professor of English Literature at the University of [[Leeds]], beating out [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] who was then Reader in English Language at Leeds. When Tolkien applied for the position of Rawlinson and Bosworth chair of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, it was Abercrombie who wrote a letter of recommendation, praising Tolkien.
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'''Lascelles Abercrombie''' ([[9 January]], [[1881]] – [[27 October]], [[1938]]) became Professor of English Literature at the University of [[Leeds]], beating [[J.R.R. Tolkien]], who was then Reader in English Language, to the post. When Tolkien applied for the position of Rawlinson and Bosworth chair of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, it was Abercrombie who wrote a letter of recommendation, praising Tolkien.<ref name="CG">{{CG|RG}}, p. 1</ref>
{{quote|[J.R.R. Tolkien] has throughout acted as my advisor and collaborator in the conduct and policy of the department as a whole....I have never consulted him without gaining an illumination that can penetrate as well as expatiate. But I must not omit to mention that I have gained at least as much from the keen artistic sensibility as from the science of his scholarship.|Lascelles Abercrombie, June 25, 1925}}
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{{blockquote|[J.R.R. Tolkien] has throughout acted as my advisor and collaborator in the conduct and policy of the department as a whole....I have never consulted him without gaining an illumination that can penetrate as well as expatiate. But I must not omit to mention that I have gained at least as much from the keen artistic sensibility as from the science of his scholarship.|Lascelles Abercrombie, [[25 June]], [[1925]]<ref name="CG"/>}}
* [[The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide]]
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Lascelles Abercrombie (9 January, 188127 October, 1938) became Professor of English Literature at the University of Leeds, beating J.R.R. Tolkien, who was then Reader in English Language, to the post. When Tolkien applied for the position of Rawlinson and Bosworth chair of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, it was Abercrombie who wrote a letter of recommendation, praising Tolkien.[1]

[J.R.R. Tolkien] has throughout acted as my advisor and collaborator in the conduct and policy of the department as a whole....I have never consulted him without gaining an illumination that can penetrate as well as expatiate. But I must not omit to mention that I have gained at least as much from the keen artistic sensibility as from the science of his scholarship.
—Lascelles Abercrombie, 25 June, 1925[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide, p. 1