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Tim William Machan

expansion. For all of Winston Churchill’s rhetoric about fighting on the beaches and in the fields and streets, there seemed ample warrant for doubting that Britain could long endure against a regime that vigorously embraced its Germanic past, even as its ongoing war crimes gradually came to light. In Oxford, J. R. R. Tolkien was completing his sixteenth year as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford. The Hobbit had appeared nearly four years before, and Tolkien already was hard at work at what would become The Lord of the

in Northern memories and the English Middle Ages