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Tolkien’s War Experiences Explored in Upcoming BBC Radio Documentary

J. R. R. Tolkien mined his own experience on the front lines during World War I when he created the scenes of terrible battles and heart-breaking loss in The Lord of the Rings. The Birmingham Mail reported on February 23, 2014, that BBC Radio will broadcast a documentary about Tolkien’s early life on Tuesday, February 25. The documentary will look at Tolkien’s experiences including his years as a student at King Edwards School in Birmingham through World War I. The broadcast is one story in a compilation of 1400 stories collected by the BBC to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. Starting on February 24, people will be able to browse hundreds of these stories online on the World War One at Home project at

Pete Morgan will present the story on BBC WM 95.6 in his breakfast show on Tuesday, February 25, at 8:15 AM GMT.

Link to Birmingham Mail article: Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings battle scenes were inspired by WW1 experiences

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