The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, England for Tolkien Reading Day
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It's Tolkien Reading Day
For Tolkien Reading Day, we're featuring Oxford University's Radcliffe Camera, home to the world's largest archive of J.R.R. Tolkien's original manuscripts and drawings. While Tolkien never worked in the Radcliffe Camera (Latin for 'room'), he both studied here at Oxford (graduating in 1915 with first-class honours in English language) and taught here as a professor of Anglo-Saxon and later as a professor of English language and literature.
During his years at Oxford, Tolkien wrote 'The Hobbit' and its sequel, 'The Lord of the Rings', along with other books and research. In 2003, the Tolkien Society organised the first Tolkien Reading Day to celebrate and promote the works of Tolkien. They selected March 25 since it was the day that the Dark Lord Sauron was defeated, and the Black Tower destroyed in the 'Lord of the Rings'.