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Letter to Ronald Ashton

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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]


[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).

[Second page:]

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.


JRR Tolkien

See also


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