Originally Posted by pwalker8
If you are interested in the some of the sources for LOTR, there are several good books that talk about it. Tolkien was an Oxford Don of English Lit and had a translation of Beowulf to his credit.
Anglo-Saxon was actually his main field of study. He held the Rawlinson and Bosworth chair of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and the Merton chair of English Language and Literature from 1945 to 1959.