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Oxford Mail 15 December 1956

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Oxford Mail 15 December 1956 is an issue of the newspaper Oxford Mail. The article "Deddington Court Now Library" (p. 1) includes quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien's speech held at the opening of the library on 14 December 1956.[1]

Excerpts from the speech

"Nowadays books are besieged by a great many powerful embattled enemies, some of whom have been strongly entrenched, and to be here at the opening of a strong point from which troops can be sent out against those enemies is a great honour."

"The wealth of books to be found here is food for the mind, and everyone knows that for the stomach to go without food for a long time is bad, but for the mind to go without food is even worse."[2]

See also


  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, pp. 497-8
  2. "Deddington Library, opened by Tolkien in 1956, under threat from OCC", (accessed 23 December 2011)