Oxford! Part II Tolkien

Tolkien in Oxford!

I had no idea when writing my A to Z Blogging Challenge on the Inklings posts that we would take a spur-of-the-moment weekend trip to Oxford the month after the challenge!

Here's a belated A to Z linked post, then, sharing all the main Tolkien-related photos from our trip.

The Lamb and Flag, across from the Bird and Baby -- er, the Eagle and Child, two pubs at which the Inklings used to meet.
I've had drinks at the Eagle and Child before, and we didn't have time to go in this time around...

The Botanical Gardens.
I wanted to see Tolkien's Tree, a black pine, but apparently it was felled a few years ago!
All that remains are these celebratory illustrations. Very sad.

Magdalen College, where the Inklings met in C S Lewis' rooms on Thursday nights:

Starting point of Addison's Walk, frequented by Lewis, Tolkien, and Dyson
The view of the grounds to the north, which is the direction Lewis' rooms looked out on.
He could see deer, but I'm not sure if there are any still there.

Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense

Booklets and postcards -- the owl is by Tolkien

Merton College, Tolkien's college:

And T S Eliot's college too!

Visit to Wolvercote Cemetery:
Lots of people seem to leave coins from various countries, so we left a few Swiss coins, as we didn't have any Canadian coins with us.
It's been 105 years since Tolkien's trip to Switzerland.

I won't be sharing ROW80 updates at the start of the current round, as I'll be away on a work trip for a lot of the time and I'm hoping to get some editing done on my own stories while away! Hope to have some real updates when I get back. And to catch up on all the comments, too!

If you'd like to sponsor an ROW80 round, please sign up!
Also, if you'd like to write a guest post for this blog, please let me know!
I'd like to do a series of summer/autumn guest spots.


Interesting people leave coins by the grave.
Thanks for your comments on some of my blog tour posts.

I'd love to go to Oxford - there's such a huge sense of history, and so easy to imagine students 100 years ago walking across the lawns and down those halls.
Loved all the photos! If I ever get back to England, a Tolkien trip will be in order. Thanks for sharing!
Crystal Collier said…
You know, I love the look of those old universities, but I was thinking just this week how I would die in a place like that. (Allergies.)
Suzanne Furness said…
Love Oxford, hope to visit again soon. I have been to the Eagle and Child, made me feel quite tingly sitting in there!
Murees Dupè said…
Gorgeous photos. How awesome that you could walk the same halls and paths Tolkien once did. I'm jealous;) Glad you enjoyed it though. Thank you so much for your support on my blog.
Linda said…
Your photos are beautiful in both posts! Thank you so much for sharing this tour.
Nas said…
Love these photos, thanks for sharing!
Carol Riggs said…
Wow, such majestic photos, and the place is DRENCHED in literary history. So awesome you got to go! Fun vicariously going to Oxford with you. ;o)
I was in UK last year, but didn't get a chance to visit Oxford. Thank you for these photos, Deniz! It's almost as good as being there.
Deniz Bevan said…
So happy you all enjoyed them!