Oxford Inscriptions: J. R. R. Tolkien

Tolkien inscription

J.R.R. TOLKIEN / LIVED HERE / 1953–1968

This Portland stone plaque is fixed over the garage at the front of 76 Sandfield Road in Headington where John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973) lived from 1953 1o 1968. He also has an Oxfordshire Blue Plaque on his earlier home at 20 Northmoor Road in North Oxford.

It was carved in the 1970s by Bill Brown of Kidlington for the then owner, Mr Phillips, and depicts on the left the dragon Smaug from The Hobbit. The Hill (as Hobbiton HIll was known) was to the north of the town of Hobbiton, and Bag End was tunnelled into this hill by Bungo Baggins. The dwarf runes marking the compass points are explained here.

Tolkien's house in Sandfield Road

The following books in the Lord of the Rings series were published while Tolkien lived at 76 Sandfield Road (right):

  • The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
  • The Two Towers (1954)
  • The Return of the King (1955)

In 1968 the attentions of the fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings at his Sandfield Road home made him flee from Headington to Bournemouth, where he remained until his death in 1973.


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