A to Z of Leeds: The city's J.R.R. Tolkien connection

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Lord of the Rings creator J.R.R. Tolkien became a professor of English Language at the University of Leeds. His first post was as a member of a university faculty, an appointment that started in 1920.

He came to live in the city with wife Edith.

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They lived briefly at Hollybank, just north of Shaw Lane, after which they moved to St Mark’s Terrace, Woodhouse. He later lived on Darnley Road at West Park and it is here that he would tell his children, John, Michael and Christopher, fantastic tales. One of these was about a lost toy dog which would be later written down as Roverandom.

These would later be written down as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

In what year did he move to Leeds? Answer: 1921.



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