|The gate at The Perch where Lewis Carrol |
gave the first reading of Through the Looking Glass
|The Eagle & Child at St. Giles- |
famous Tolkien watering hole
The first thing I did when I went back recently was to retrace my steps. Oxford is cupboard filled with literary curiosities that would make any caterpillar rock but the most fun ones certainly belong to the hoards of pubs that claim to be the watering hole of Tolkien and Lewis. If true, then Tolkien and Lewis really did knock back a few during their years there. Tolkien was at Exeter College, Oxford and Lewis was at University College and both came back to teach at Merton and Magdalen respectively.Lewis Carrol went to Christ Church and Aldous Huxley went to Balliol and there you have it.
Congrats to Firdaus Variava for getting it right. In the event you are in Oxford and you happen to be a fan, go to the Eagle and Child, sit in that corner and sip away. If you are a nerd like me, then I promise a small chill up your spine.