Tolkien lecture in fantasy at Oxford
- An annual lecture in fantasy literature has been established at Pembroke
College, Oxford, where Tolkien was a fellow 1925-45. According to
Carpenter's biography, Tolkien was never very happy there (one reason he was
pleased to be able to transfer to Merton College later), but at least they
don't resent him.
The press release's statement about what Tolkien did while he was a fellow
there is also accurate. Someone is paying attention.
"Pembroke have invited author Kij Johnson to deliver the inaugural Pembroke
Lecture in Fantasy Literature, the first event in a lecture series founded
to honour JRR Tolkien, who was a professorial fellow at Pembroke for twenty
years (he wrote The Hobbit and much of The Lord of the Rings while here).
The series is sponsored through a generous grant from the Pembroke Annual