The Banbury Advertiser 19 December 1956

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The Banbury Advertiser 19 December 1956 is an issue of The Banbury Advertiser, published on 19 December 1956. Included in the article "Deddington’s New Library Opened by Mrs. L. Hichens – Prof. Tolkien’s Whimsical Talk" (page 5) are quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien's speech held at the opening of the new Deddington Library on 14 December 1956 (slightly different from the quotes appearing in the Oxford Mail 15 December 1956).[1][2]

Excerpts from the speech[edit | edit source]

"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."[1]

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