Wilfred Rowland Childe

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Wilfred Rowland Childe (1890 - 1952) was a British poet and critic. He was also a friend of J.R.R. Tolkien and godfather to his son Christopher. Like Tolkien, he was a Roman Catholic (having converted in 1916).

Childe was educated at Harrow School and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1922, he joined the English School at the University of Leeds, and became a colleague of Tolkien.

While at Oxford, Childe edited Oxford Poetry in 1916 and 1917, a publication to which also Tolkien contributed. And together with poetry by Tolkien, Childe's work was published in A Northern Venture and Leeds University Verse 1914-24.

With Tolkien, Childe wrote a letter on 30 May 1923 to the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer defending Eric Gill's WW1 memorial, which depicted Christ driving the moneychangers from the Temple.

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