Influence Of Somme On Lord of the Rings

1 July 2016, 09:15 | Updated: 4 July 2016, 06:09

A two minutes silence has been held across the UK marking 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

The five months of fighting during the First World War in France were among the deadliest in history.

1.2 million troops were killed, injured or listed as missing.

Now there care calls for children trying to imagine the brutality World War One to read or watch the Lord of the Rings.

Oxford author, JRR Tolkien began writing the trilogy as he recovered in hospital after returning from the front line at the Somme.

John Garth is a Fellow in Humanistic Studies at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada and wrote the book, Tolkien and the Great War.

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