2 J.R.R. Tolkien Poems Uncovered in England

By Maryann Yin Comment

J.R.R. Tolkien 200 (GalleyCat)Two J.R.R. Tolkien poems have been uncovered. They were found in the 1936 edition of an annual published by a school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire called Our Lady’s School.

The Guardian reports that Wayne Hammond, an American Tolkien scholar, contacted Stephen Oliver, the current headmaster of Our Lady’s School, about the possible existence of two original Tolkien poems. Hammond read a note written by Tolkien himself (pictured, via) where he mentioned that two of his pieces were featured in the “Abingdon Chronicle.”

Here’s more from The New York Times: “One of the poems, ‘The Shadow Man,’ is an early version of one that Tolkien published in a 1962 collection, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. The other, ‘Noel,’ is a Christmas tale, with a somewhat Middle Earth flavor. (‘The lord of snows upreared his head/His mantle long and pale.’)” (via The Mirror)