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'''T.C.B.S.''' is an acronym for '''Tea Club, Barrovian Society'''. [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] and his friends at [[King Edward's School]] in [[Birmingham]] met regularly at the Barrow Stores, which is where T.C.B.S. got their name. The friends continued to stay in contact with each other's literary work until 1916.
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'''T.C.B.S.''' is an acronym for '''Tea Club, Barrovian Society'''. [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] and his friends at [[King Edward's School]] in [[Birmingham]] met regularly at the Barrow Stores, which is where T.C.B.S. got their name. The core members were considered to be the "big four" of Tolkien, [[Geoffrey Bache Smith]], [[Christopher Wiseman]], and [[Robert Gilson]].<ref>{{L|5}}</ref>
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The friends continued to stay in contact with each other's literary work until [[1916]]. [[Sidney Barrowclough]] and the Payton brothers, [[Ralph Payton|Ralph]] and [[Wilfrid Payton|Wilfrid]], were younger than Tolkien and continued it for some time after they left. 
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Almost all of them died in [[World War I]]. Of Tolkien's close personal friends, only Christopher Wiseman survived the war,<ref>{{L|350}}</ref> a fact which greatly affected him.<ref>[[John Garth]], ''[[Tolkien and the Great War]]'', passim.</ref>
  
 
==Members==
 
==Members==
* [[Thomas Kenneth Barnsley]] (?-1917) was not within the inner circle of T.C.B.S. but was a good friend of Tolkien and was also a member of the Debating Society. In July of [[1917]] he was killed in the [[World War I|war]].
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* [[Thomas Kenneth Barnsley|Thomas "Tea Cake" Barnsley]]  
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* [[Sidney Barrowclough]]
 
* [[Robert Gilson]]
 
* [[Robert Gilson]]
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* [[Ralph Payton|Ralph "the Baby" Payton]]
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* [[Wilfrid Payton|Wilfrid "Whiffy" Payton]]
 
* [[Geoffrey Bache Smith]]
 
* [[Geoffrey Bache Smith]]
* [[Christopher Wiseman]]
 
 
* [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]
 
* [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]
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* [[Vincent Trought]]
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* [[Christopher Wiseman]]
  
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Revision as of 06:33, 3 March 2013

T.C.B.S. is an acronym for Tea Club, Barrovian Society. J.R.R. Tolkien and his friends at King Edward's School in Birmingham met regularly at the Barrow Stores, which is where T.C.B.S. got their name. The core members were considered to be the "big four" of Tolkien, Geoffrey Bache Smith, Christopher Wiseman, and Robert Gilson.[1]

The friends continued to stay in contact with each other's literary work until 1916. Sidney Barrowclough and the Payton brothers, Ralph and Wilfrid, were younger than Tolkien and continued it for some time after they left.

Almost all of them died in World War I. Of Tolkien's close personal friends, only Christopher Wiseman survived the war,[2] a fact which greatly affected him.[3]

Members

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 5, (dated 12 August 1916)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 350, (dated 24 May 1973)
  3. John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War, passim.