The Tea Club, Barrovian Society, also known as the T.C.B.S., was an organization that met regularly at Barrow Stores at King Edward's School in Birmingham. The core members were considered to be the "big four" of Tolkien, Geoffrey Bache Smith, Christopher Wiseman, and Robert Gilson.
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.
Members[edit | edit source]
- Christopher Wiseman
- Geoffrey Bache Smith
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Robert Gilson
- Ralph "the Baby" Payton
- Sidney Barrowclough
- Thomas "Tea Cake" Barnsley
- Vincent Trought
- Wilfrid "Whiffy" Payton
Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]
|The T.C.B.S. in adaptations|
- J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 5, (dated 12 August 1916)
- J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 350, (dated 24 May 1973)
- John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War, passim.