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Emily Jane Neave (née Suffield) (1872 - 22 February 1963[1]) was Mabel Tolkien's sister, and thus one of J.R.R. Tolkien's aunts.

Jane Neave worked as a schoolteacher, and the young J.R.R. Tolkien on occasion stayed with his aunt and her husband Edvin while Mabel Tolkien was hospitalized.[2]

Because of a suggestion from Jane Neave, J.R.R. Tolkien published the book The Adventures of Tom Bombadil in 1962.[3]


  1. Andrew H. Morton, John Hayes, Tolkien's Gedling, p. 24
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide, pp. 637-8
  3. Tom Shippey, "Introduction", in Tales from the Perilous Realm (J.R.R. Tolkien; HarperCollins 2008), p. xix