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Tolkien's bust at Exeter College

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the United Kingdom. J.R.R. Tolkien studied and taught there.


Tolkien and Oxford


Tolkien (22) was an undergraduate when the Great War broke out (August 1914) but he wanted to complete his studies. He joined the Officers Training Corps at Oxford. He had his degree in June 1915 and applied for a commission.[1]:p. lxxviii

That time Tolkien was awarded "First Class Honours degree in English Language and Literature".


Tolkien was a busy professor in the Oxford English School, serving on many committees. He served in the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professorship of Anglo-Saxon and was a Fellow of Pembroke College.

During the WW2, many of his colleagues were unavailable and he was loaded with more responsibilities, including organizing special courses for Navy and Air Force cadets.

In 1945, after the death of Henry Wyld, he was elected Professor of the Merton chair of English Language and Literature, and developed new series of lectures. Later he became a Fellow of Merton College.[1]:pp. lxxiii-lxxiv


The University of Oxford is comprised of 36 colleges, which are autonomous and self-governing corporations within the University.

See also: Colleges of the University of Oxford at Wikipedia

Christ Church College

Corpus Christi College

Exeter College

Keble College

Lady Margaret Hall

Magdalen College

Merton College

New College

Pembroke College

Queen's College

Somerville College

St. Antony College

St Edmund Hall

St. Hilda's College

St. Hugh's College

St. John's College

St. Peter's College

Trinity College

University College

Bodleian Library

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion