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John Tolkien

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This article is about J.R.R. Tolkien's son. For the Arthur Tolkien's father, see John Benjamin Tolkien.

John Francis Reuel Tolkien (November 16, 1917 - January 22, 2003) was J.R.R. and Edith Tolkien's first son. He took his second name after his father's guardian, Father Francis Xavier Morgan.[1]

John often had difficulty falling asleep and his father would come on his bed and tell tales. These stories included the tale of Carrots, a boy with red hair who climbed into a cuckoo clock and went off on a series of strange adventures (this was the premise for the character of Tom Bombadil[source?]), and also a tale called "The Orgog".[2]

He was given his Orders as a priest in 1946, and read the Mass at his father's funeral at the Wolvercote Cemetery. His own grave is also in the same cemetery, not far from that of his parents.

Family Tree

Edith Bratt
J.R.R. Tolkien
John Tolkien
Michael Tolkien
Faith Faulconbridge
Christopher Tolkien
Baillie Tolkien
Priscilla Tolkien
Simon Tolkien
Adam Tolkien
Rachel Tolkien

External links


  1. Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 125