London’s Telegraph is reporting that Catholic novelist J.R.R. Tolkien spent three days in training with the top-secret British Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS) in March 1939.
A respected linguist, Tolkien was sought after to crack Nazi codes in the event that Germany declared war.
Tolkien’s involvement with the war effort was revealed for the first time this week in a new exhibition at GCHQ, the new name for GCCS, the government’s spy base in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
The director of GCCS, known only as ‘Alastair G Denniston,’ drew up a list of 50 possible candidates ‘‘earmarked for service’’ in the event of war.
Denniston was given a list of names by dons at Britain’s two...READ MORE