Lost J.R.R. Tolkien Poems Discovered

Lost J.R.R. Tolkien Poems Discovered
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J.R.R. Tolkien, legendary author of Lord of the Rings, is the gift that keeps on giving. In recent years many of his forgotten works have surfaced, such as a retelling of The Story of Kullervo and the unfinished Middle-earth story The Children of Húrin, providing fans with a renewed fix of his unique writing style. Now two more lost poems penned by Tolkien have been uncovered, reports The Guardian.

The previously unseen poems were found in a school magazine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Published while Tolkien was a professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford University in 1936, the works were only rediscovered after Tolkien scholar Wayne Hammond read a note from the author that mentioned the poems had been published in the Abingdon Chronicle.

Hammond contacted Our Lady’s School head teacher, Stephen Oliver, and the two worked in tandem to find the newspaper issue in question. The school now plans to showcase the poems at an upcoming historical exhibition.

The Shadow Man, one of the uncovered poems, is an earlier draft of a poem found in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. The prose describe “a man who dwelt alone / beneath the moon in shadow.” The second poem is called Noel and celebrates the Christmas season, referring to “the lord of snows”: “The hall was dark without song or light / The fires were fallen dead.”

What do you hope the next rediscovered Tolkien work will be?

Raine Winters

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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