The way to the hockey games takes me past the Wolvercote Cemetery in Oxford. Just inside the main gate is a sign like the one above pointing in the direction of J. R. R. Tolkien's grave site.
Tolkien was a graduate of Exeter College and a professor at Pembroke and Merton whilst writing The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. His contemporary C S Lewis, a Fellow at Magdelen, created the magical world of Narnia.
The Eagle and Child pub (otherwise known as The Bird and Baby) is an Oxford literary landmark and place of pilgrimage for Tolkien and C S Lewis fans. It is at the eagles and Child on St Giles that Tolkien and Lewis discussed their work in the company of The Inklings literary group.
Tolkien is buried at Wolvercote Cemetery with his wife Edith. The grave is noticeable by the many coins, hand written messages and a whole range of paraphernalia left by devotees.
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