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Letter to Ronald Ashton

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'''Ronald Ashton 12 March 1927''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to Ronald Ashton (a former student at the [[University of Leeds]]), composed on [[12 March]] [[1927]].<ref>[[Wayne G. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]], "[http://www.hammondandscull.com/addenda/chronology.html Addenda and Corrigenda to ''The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide'' (2006) Vol. 1: Chronology]" at [http://www.hammondandscull.com/index.html HammondandScull.com] (accessed 20 May 2012)</ref>
 
'''Ronald Ashton 12 March 1927''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to Ronald Ashton (a former student at the [[University of Leeds]]), composed on [[12 March]] [[1927]].<ref>[[Wayne G. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]], "[http://www.hammondandscull.com/addenda/chronology.html Addenda and Corrigenda to ''The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide'' (2006) Vol. 1: Chronology]" at [http://www.hammondandscull.com/index.html HammondandScull.com] (accessed 20 May 2012)</ref>
  
 
*'''Subject''': Tolkien offers to write a [[Wikipedia:Testimonial|testimonial]]. Comments on [[Oxford]], "''a centre of the motor industry: that fantastic lunacy''", and on the Universities at Leeds and Oxford.
 
*'''Subject''': Tolkien offers to write a [[Wikipedia:Testimonial|testimonial]]. Comments on [[Oxford]], "''a centre of the motor industry: that fantastic lunacy''", and on the Universities at Leeds and Oxford.
 
*'''Publication:''' Quotes appear in ''[[Michael Silverman Catalogue 27|Michael Silverman, Catalogue Twenty-Seven]]''.
 
*'''Publication:''' Quotes appear in ''[[Michael Silverman Catalogue 27|Michael Silverman, Catalogue Twenty-Seven]]''.
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Neither of us were ever under the delusion that Oxford = Paradise: we know it too well. There are still lingering vestiges of civilisation in Oxford of course, a civilization [sic] that for historical reasons did not reach the North before it was overwhelmed by the new barbarism - but it is still part of modern England (and a centre of the motor industry: that fantastic lunacy).
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As for myself I find much that makes me regret Leeds very much. I doubt very much whether I should ever have torn myself away if I had been a single man, and able to disregard small differences in salary. The English School here is a battle-ground and there is small peace and little sense in it.
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I hope when you [?have breed] your unhappy ?????? ?? ?? [?Eng.] Dept. - glorious p??? of ????-????? pseudo-science - ?? ??? you ???? ???-
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-job ??? [?reasonable] ??st. Your qualifications are ???? ????? any[?how]. I hope you are ???? and f?????????. Please ????????? me [?kindly] ??? ??? Mr. Ashton.
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[?Sincerely]
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JRR Tolkien
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 10:19, 15 July 2012

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Ronald Ashton 12 March 1927 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Ronald Ashton (a former student at the University of Leeds), composed on 12 March 1927.[1]

Transcription

[First page (in part):]

Neither of us were ever under the delusion that Oxford = Paradise: we know it too well. There are still lingering vestiges of civilisation in Oxford of course, a civilization [sic] that for historical reasons did not reach the North before it was overwhelmed by the new barbarism - but it is still part of modern England (and a centre of the motor industry: that fantastic lunacy).


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As for myself I find much that makes me regret Leeds very much. I doubt very much whether I should ever have torn myself away if I had been a single man, and able to disregard small differences in salary. The English School here is a battle-ground and there is small peace and little sense in it. I hope when you [?have breed] your unhappy ?????? ?? ?? [?Eng.] Dept. - glorious p??? of ????-????? pseudo-science - ?? ??? you ???? ???- -job ??? [?reasonable] ??st. Your qualifications are ???? ????? any[?how]. I hope you are ???? and f?????????. Please ????????? me [?kindly] ??? ??? Mr. Ashton.

[?Sincerely]

JRR Tolkien

See also

References

  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, "Addenda and Corrigenda to The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (2006) Vol. 1: Chronology" at HammondandScull.com (accessed 20 May 2012)