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JRR Tolkien

Why did Lord of the Rings author never break the German Codes during World War Two.

Documents on display at an exhibition at GCHQ, the UK Government’s signals intelligence department reveal that noted author JRR Tolkien had passed all the test and was offered a place at Bletchley Park, home of the code-breaking efforts that shortened World War Two.

While marked up as being “keen” in the training notes, Tolkien didn’t sign up though, choosing to remain a Professor at Oxford during the war and manning the home front.

And the reason for his refusal? ”We simply don’t know why he didn’t join,” said GCHQ. “Perhaps it was because we declared war on Germany and not Mordor.”

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