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Robert Murray

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Father Robert Murray, an English Jesuit priest and grandson of Sir James Murray (the founder of the Oxford English Dictionary), was a personal friend of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Tolkien family.

From 1944, Murray was entrusted to proofread drafts and manuscripts of The Lord of the Rings. Several letters from Tolkien to Father Murray were published The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (letters 142, 156, 209)

During the Tolkien Centenary Conference in Oxford (1992), Father Murray gave the sermon preach at the Thanksgiving service (printed in Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference as "Sermon at Thanksgiving Service, Keble College Chapel, 23rd August 1992"; reprinted as "J.R.R. Tolkien and the Art of the Parable" in Tolkien: A Celebration: Collected Writings on a Literary Legacy).

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