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'''Father Francis Xavier Morgan''' (?1839 - June 11, [[1935]]) was a priest at the Brimingham Oratory in [[Birmingham]]. He took care of [[Mabel Tolkien]] during her ilness, and took over custody of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Ronald]] and [[Hilary Tolkien]] after her death. He also wedded Ronald and [[Edith Tolkien|edith Bratt]]. Tolkien named his first son, [[John Tolkien|John Francis Reuel]] after him.  
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'''Father Francis Xavier Morgan''' ([[18 January|January 18]], 1857 - [[11 June|June 11]], [[1935]]) was a Roman Catholic priest at the [[Birmingham Oratory]] in [[Birmingham]]. He was half Welsh and half Anglo-Spanish.
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He took care of [[Mabel Suffield|Mabel Tolkien]] during her illness, and took over custody of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Ronald]] and [[Hilary Tolkien]] after her death. Father Francis was a [[J.R.R._Tolkien's_inspirations#pipe-smoking|pipe-smoker]] and Tolkien derived his own custom from this.
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Father Francis Xavier Morgan, forbade Tolkien to see [[Edith Tolkien|Edith Bratt]] until he was twenty-one because he saw her as a distraction from his studies. With one exception, Tolkien obeyed this instruction to the letter while Father Morgan's guardianship lasted.  
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Tolkien named his first son, [[John Tolkien|John Francis Reuel]] after him.<ref>{{HM|Bio}}</ref>
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In 2013, [[José Manuel Ferrández Bru]] published ''[[La Conexion Española de J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', a Spanish-language biography about Francis Xavier Morgan.<ref>{{webcite|author="juanito panchacoco"|articleurl=http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mythsoc/message/24179|articlename=A biography of Fr. Francis is published (#24179)|dated=25 March 2013|website=[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mythsoc/ Mythsoc mailing list]|accessed=25 March 2013}}</ref>
  
 
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==External links==
* [http://www.birmingham-oratory.org.uk/index.htm?http://www.birmingham-oratory.org.uk/morgan.htm Father Francis Xavier Morgan]
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* [http://www.birmingham-oratory.org.uk/TheOratory/Community/FFrancisXavierMorgan/tabid/100/Default.aspx Father Francis Xavier Morgan]
* [http://www.birmingham-oratory.org.uk/tolkien/index.htm Tolkien and Father Francis]
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* [http://www.birmingham-oratory.org.uk/TheOratory/Tolkien/tabid/76/Default.aspx Tolkien and Father Francis]
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* "[http://www.josemanuelferrandez.com/ENconexion.html J.R.R. Tolkien' Spanish Connection]" by [[José Manuel Ferrández Bru]]
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Revision as of 13:21, 13 April 2013

Father Francis Xavier Morgan (January 18, 1857 - June 11, 1935) was a Roman Catholic priest at the Birmingham Oratory in Birmingham. He was half Welsh and half Anglo-Spanish.

He took care of Mabel Tolkien during her illness, and took over custody of Ronald and Hilary Tolkien after her death. Father Francis was a pipe-smoker and Tolkien derived his own custom from this.

Father Francis Xavier Morgan, forbade Tolkien to see Edith Bratt until he was twenty-one because he saw her as a distraction from his studies. With one exception, Tolkien obeyed this instruction to the letter while Father Morgan's guardianship lasted.

Tolkien named his first son, John Francis Reuel after him.[1]

In 2013, José Manuel Ferrández Bru published La Conexion Española de J.R.R. Tolkien, a Spanish-language biography about Francis Xavier Morgan.[2]

External links

References

  1. Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
  2. "juanito panchacoco", "A biography of Fr. Francis is published (#24179)" dated 25 March 2013, Mythsoc mailing list (accessed 25 March 2013)