The Tolkien Memorial is a project led by students from Pembroke College, Oxford, aiming to make something of Tolkien's 20 year affiliation with the college. Even though he wrote The Hobbit and most of Lord of the Rings whilst he was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke, there is nothing in the college that reflects this fact. To rectify this, students started a campaign to provide a physical memorial plaque for Tolkien, to go alongside the academic memorial of the Fantasy Lecture Series.

Under the project's student leadership, the college has commissioned a design for a relief sculpture to be created by Tolkien's great nephew, sculptor Tim Tolkien, which will be placed in Pembroke's Old Quad external to Professor Tolkien's college rooms.

Once the memorial is completed, it will take its place diagonally opposite the plaque erected to honour James Smithson outside the entrance to Broadgates Hall, in what will amount to a wholly satisfying symmetry for the College in all senses.

The project has the support of the entire Pembroke community: JCR, MCR, SCR, staff, and Governing Body, with individuals from each group having pledged donations. Our MCR students have led the way, taking the step of committing ten percent of the needed funds from their own resources. The Pembroke JCR has made a matching contribution.

The Design

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Front Design
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Back Design
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Projected Memorial Installation Site
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Design Maquette, with Tim Tolkien, the sculptor, and Andy Orchard, the current Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke.

The Sculptor

Tim Tolkien's Sentinel

Tim Tolkien is an English sculptor who specialises in the design and fabrication of bespoke metal sculpture and asociated artwork features for the public realm, from iconic landmarks such as 'Sentinel', the spitfire sculpture in Castle Vale, Birmingham, to local authority or school fencing schemes.

He is the great-nephew of the writer J. R. R. Tolkien, and a bass player in the band Klangstorm.


Andrew Seton, Pembroke College Development Director, will be happy to help you if you have any questions.

We are most grateful for any contributions, and your name and donation will be engrossed on a list to be deposited in the Tolkien section of the college archives.