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TCG Letter #7 / Carpenter Letter #7


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
[University of Oxford Electors]
Date
27 June 1925
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien applies for the position of 'Professorship of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University'. He describes his schooling and his time at Leeds University as Reader in English Language, and details what he would do if he were to be accepted for the Professorship at Oxford.Letters of support for Tolkien's application included: Letter from Henry Bradley to Leeds University (letter of recomendation) • 7 June 1920 (#907), Letter from M.E. Sadler to J.R.R. Tolkien (testimonial) • 17 June 1925 (#1706), Letter from L.R. Farnell to J.R.R. Tolkien (testimonial) • 23 June 1925 (#1707), Letter from Joseph Wright to J.R.R. Tolkien (testimonial) • 22 June 1925 (#1708), Letter from George S. Gordon to J.R.R. Tolkien (testimonial) • 28 June 1925 (#1709), Letter from Allen Mawer to J.R.R. Tolkien (testimonial) • 25 June 1925 (#1710), Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to J.R.R. Tolkien (testimonial) • June 1925 (#1711).[1]

In November 2023, HarperCollins published a new updated version of The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien and a small addition was added to this letter where Tolkien says that his department's achievements in scholarship appear small but that a number of those who obtained a first class have gone on to work on such distinguished projects as the Oxford English Dictionary, and to work on the 'Survey of English Place-Names'. He also notes that some very interesting dissertations have been presented recently, notably on place-names of Richmondshire, and a translation of Saga of Hrolf Kraki. He expects both to be published.
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