Two poems, The Shadow Man and Noel, were found by Stephen Oliver, the principal of Our Lady’s, Abingdon while going through a copy of an old school magazine published in 1936. The Shadow Man had an earlier version which was originally published in 1962. The other poem, Noel is based on Christian faith which celebrates the birth of Jesus.
The poems were discovered by chance. Oliver had a contract with the American Tolkien scholar, Wayne G Hammond. “While preparing for an event for former pupils of the school, we uncovered our own copy and I saw the two poems Mr Hammond had been looking for. My excitement when I saw them was overwhelming. I am a great Tolkien fan and was thrilled to discover the connection with the school.”