Two forgotten poems by JRR Tolkien have been found in an old school magazine, with one revealing an early version of a Lord of the Rings character.
The previously unseen works were found by headteacher Stephen Oliver as he leafed through copies of Our Lady’s Abingdon’s magazine. They were printed in the 1936 edition with one called The Shadow Man apparently an earlier version ofTolkien’s Adventures of Tom Bombadil.
The mysterious character helps Frodo on his journey in The
Fellowship of the Ring, published in 1954. The magazine, from the historic
Catholic school in Oxfordshire, also featured a festive poem called Noel. Both
were written when Tolkien lived in nearby
Mr Oliver said: “While preparing for an event for former pupils of the school, we uncovered our own copy and I saw the poems Mr Hammond had been looking for. My excitement when I saw them was overwhelming. I am a great Tolkien fan and was thrilled to discover the connection with the school. As a writer myself, I feel privileged to have been part of the discovery of these lost works.”