"Tolkien in Oxford" (BBC, 1968): A Reconstruction

@article{Lee2018TolkienIO,
  title={"Tolkien in Oxford" (BBC, 1968): A Reconstruction},
  author={S. Lee},
  journal={Tolkien Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={15},
  pages={115 - 176}
}
  • S. Lee
  • Published 2018
  • Philosophy
  • Tolkien Studies
On 30th March 1968, from 9.50–10.35pm,1 BBC2 aired the latest episodes of its TV documentary series Release (which aimed to explore “the world of films, plays, books, art, and music”). A colour production, which was strikingly new for its time (BBC2 was in fact the first TV channel globally to broadcast in colour), it consisted of two programmes: the first, titled “Suddenly I know what I have to do . . . ,” studied the English sculptress Barbara Hepworth, and the second (longer) episode was… Expand

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and other contributors who have allowed me access to various documents related to the programme. O’Sullivan has also written two blog postings of relevance https://fiddlersdog
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Tolkien in Oxford
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who graduated from Leeds in 1924, finishing his PhD in 1926
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so could not have been a source for The Lord of the Rings, but Tolkien instead, using an in-vogue philosopher, is perhaps attempting to show the universality and contemporary relevance of his work
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science fiction writer, student at Merton (1934– 1938), and then librarian at Leeds and Liverpool Universities
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Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford (1916–1925) and then Professor of English at the University of Chicago
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1861–1922), the first holder of the Chair of English Literature at Oxford
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1870–1945), Merton Professor from 1920 until his death
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