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  • Arthur Tolkien (1857 - 1896)
    Arthur Tolkien was a Birmingham man, from a family of bankrupted piano manufacturers. He went to King Edward's School, and when he left, he tried to make a career for himself in Lloyd's Bank. However, ...
  • Edith Mary Bratt (1889 - 1971)
    Edith Mary Tolkien (née Bratt) (January 21, 1889 – November 29, 1971) was the illegitimate daughter of Frances Bratt and Alfred Frederick Warrilow. Frances used to work as governess at the Warrilow hou...
  • John Tolkien, Fr. (1917 - 2003)
    John Francis Reuel Tolkien (1918-2003), the eldest son of J. R. R. Tolkien , was born on the 16th November 1917, in a Cheltenham nursing home. He was baptised by Father Francis Xavier Morgan, and was a...
  • J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien , CBE (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973), was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The H...

About the Tolkien surname

In an autobiographical note made in 1955, J. R. R. Tolkien demonstrated that the name Tolkien is an anglicized form of the German nickname/surname Tollkiehn, derived from the adjective tollkühn, which means “daring”, “rash”, “foolhardy” (literal translation is “madly bold”). He accepted no other arguments concerning this issue, though there were some.

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