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"What do you take Oxford for, lad? [...] it's a factory! And what's it making? I'll tell you. It's making fees. Get that in your head, and you'll begin to understand what goes on."
Joseph Wright's warning to young J.R.R. Tolkien[1]
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[edit]


Linguist Joseph Wright, Tolkien's tutor at Oxford, mentor and later personal friend.

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.[2]: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.[2]:p. lxxiii He served in the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professorship of Anglo-Saxon and was a Fellow of Pembroke College.[2]:p. lxxiv

During WW2, many of his colleagues were unavailable and he was loaded with more responsibilities, including organizing special courses for Navy and Air Force cadets.[2]:p. lxxiii

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.[2]:pp. lxxiii-lxxiv

Tolkien Professorship[edit]

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J.R.R. Tolkien Professorship of English Literature and Language was established in 1980. As of 2022, the Faculty of English intends to appoint to the J.R.R. Tolkien Professorship as a fully endowed chair, in association with Lady Margaret Hall.


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[edit]

Corpus Christi College[edit]

Exeter College[edit]

Keble College[edit]

Lady Margaret Hall[edit]

Magdalen College[edit]

Merton College[edit]

New College[edit]

Pembroke College[edit]

Queen's College[edit]

Somerville College[edit]

St. Antony College[edit]

St Edmund Hall[edit]

St. Hilda's College[edit]

St. Hugh's College[edit]

St. John's College[edit]

St. Peter's College[edit]

Trinity College[edit]

University College[edit]

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