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New poems from JRR Tolkien have been found in an old school magazine!


The famous author of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Hobbit’ and many more has had a run of previously unknown writings being discovered recently, and now there’s more!

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A US Tolkien scholar called Wayne Hammond found a note from Tolkien himself stating that he had two poems published in the Abingdon Chronicle so Hammond contacted Stephen Oliver, the headteacher of Our Lady’s School in Oxfordshire.

The poems were found in a 1936 annual in the archives of the convent that founded the school in 1860.

“My excitement when I saw them was overwhelming. I am a great Tolkien fan and was thrilled to discover the connection with the school,” said Oliver.

The two poems are called ‘Noel’ and ‘The Shadow Man’. ‘The Shadow Man’ is an early version of a poem that appeared in Tolkien’s 1962 collection, ‘The Adventures of Tom Bombadill’.

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