The house where J. R. R. Tolkien and his family lived while he was a Reader in English language at the University of Leeds in the 1920s will be acknowledged with a blue plaque by the Leeds Civic Trust on October 1.
The Tolkien family lived at 2 Darnley Road, West Park for over a year before Tolkien’s election to the Rawlinson and Bosworth chair of Anglo-Saxon saw them return to Oxford in 1926. During his time at the University of Leeds Tolkien was instrumental in shaping the English Language syllabus at the university; some aspects of this were still present sixty years later. He also worked with E.V. Gordon to produce an edition of the Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which was published in 1925.
The Tolkiens resided briefly at 5 Holly Bank, Headingley and then leasing a house in St Mark’s Terrace before buying the semi-detached property in Darnley Road in 1924.
Ian Spittlehouse, Trustee and the Tolkien Society’s liaison with the representatives of West Park and the Leeds Civic Trust said, “This is a timely recognition of Tolkien’s tenure in Leeds, and a welcome addition to Yorkshire’s influence on his academic and literary career.”