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Christopher Wiseman

Christopher Luke Wiseman (20 April 1893 Edgbaston - 25 July 1987 Milford-on-Sea) was the only friend of J.R.R. Tolkien who survived the First World War, during which he served as an Instructor Lieutenant in the Royal Navy.[1] He went on to become Headmaster of Queens College, Taunton.[2]

He became friends with Tolkien whilst studying at King Edward's School, Birmingham, which they attended from 1905. Together with Tolkien and their mutual friends Robert Gilson and Geoffrey Smith they formed the T.C.B.S. and he hosted at least one meeting at his London home in 1914.[3]

It was after Wiseman whom Tolkien's son was named Christopher.[4]

References

  1. "Instructor Lieutenant Christopher Luke Wiseman", Lives of the First World War (accessed 10 December 2017)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 254, (dated 9 January 1964)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 5, (dated 12 August 1916)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 306, (undated, late 1967 - early 1968)