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So that’s where our copy was hiding!

You’ve all seen the articles like the one in the Guardian proclaiming “Unseen JRR Tolkien poems found in school magazine.”

As a news item, this story is a curious thing.

What’s just now been discovered is the school’s copy of the magazine with the poems in it. As the article makes clear, when Wayne G. Hammond inquired about the magazine, having found a reference elsewhere to Tolkien poetry being in it, the school could not find a copy of that issue and passed Wayne on to the archives of the Sisters of Mercy, the controlling order.

They had one, so that’s when the poems were found, some three years ago, and one of them has since been reprinted. But perhaps the school personnel did not know any of that, and now they’ve found it too. Good for them, but the only actual news here is, “So that’s where our copy was hiding!”

Daniel Helen has the whole story, with links to Wayne’s blog posts with more details.

About the Author: David Bratman

David Bratman is co-editor of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, and former editor of Mythprint, the bulletin of The Mythopoeic Society. He likes to write about Tolkienian biography and bibliography.


  • Åke Bertenstam

    To this documentation might be added that “Noel” and “Shadow-Man” was added to my own *A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R.
    Tolkien* more than a year ago (see its 8th edition, http://www.forodrim.org/bibliography/tbchron%288th_ed%29.html ), so the evidence could be found in more than one place. Thanks to the photo of the contents page available in some of the reports I now have access to a page reference for “Noel” so that small detail needs to be added to a future edition of the bibliography.
    Åke Bertenstam