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People/Characters: Edith Tolkien

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J. R. R. Tolkien by Mark Horne
J. R. R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth by Daniel Grotta
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, Volume 1: Chronology by Christina Scull
The J.R.R.Tolkien Companion and Guide Volume 2: Reader's Guide by Christina Scull
The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien by J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth by John Garth
Tolkien at Exeter College - How an Oxford undergraduate created Middle-earth by John Garth
The Tolkien Family Album by John Tolkien
Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
Tolkien: A Biography by Michael White
Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth by Catherine McIlwaine
Tolkien: Man and Myth by Joseph Pearce

Character description

Edith Bratt Tolkien (1889-1971): An illegitimate child who was orphaned in her early teens, she was an excellent piano player and an Anglican when, in 1908, she found herself living in the same home as J. R. R. Tolkien -- three years younger, Catholic, and of a very different temperament. Nonetheless they fell in love. Forbidden to see each other for five years by Tolkien's guardian, they eventually reunited and were married in 1917. Four children followed. It was not an entirely happy marriage, especially for Edith, but they remained together for more than half a century -- and when Edith died, Tolkien had the name Lúthien inscribed on her tombstone, after his most beloved character whom she had inspired.

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