5 Things You Didn't Know About Tolkien's Service During World War I
1He Deferred His Enlistment
When World War I began, countless men from not just Britain but from across the globe immediately enlisted in their countries’ respective militaries, but not Tolkien. In fact, his family was quite surprised to learn that, rather than join the British Army, Tolkien delayed his enlistment until after he earned his college degree. It wasn’t until 1915 – a full year after the start of World War I – that Tolkien finally enlisted, at which time he was swiftly placed into the temporary position of second lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers.