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Norman Power

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Canon[1] Norman Sandiford Power (presumably[2] later taking the name Joseph Power), born in Liverpool, England, in 1925, is a retired professor of English Language and Literature at Walsh University.

Power was an undergraduate at Worcester College, Oxford, in the late 1930s, and attended Tolkien's invitational speech at the Lovelace Society in 1938.[3] After receiving his B.A. from the University of London, he later gained an exhibition to St. Catherine's College, Oxford, where he read for an Honors Degree in English Language and Literature.[4]

By the end of the life of Tolkien, they renewed their contact (at least one letter is recorded, see Norman Power 8 July 1973[5]):

"How strange that I had no further contact with Tolkien until the nineteen-seventies when I had already been Vicar of Ladywood for over twenty years. Tolkien began to write to me about his old homes, and then, with amazing kindness, about my own scribbling."
― Norman Power, Tolkien Centenary Conference 1992


Bibliography, selected




  • 2008: A Wizard's Apprentice 1/4: Meeting Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (interview with Joseph Power)


  1. Canon = "one of several priests on the permanent staff of a cathedral" (Collins English Dictionary)
  2. Brother Joseph Power's experiences of Tolkien, at The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza, as of July 18, 2010
  3. Power, Norman, "[Recollection; untitled]" in Tolkien Centenary Conference 1992
  4. Homepage of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, as of July 16, 2010
  5. Hammond, Wayne G. and Scull, Christina, The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology, p.773)