The Gallant Edith Bratt

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The Gallant Edith Bratt
Publication Information
AuthorNancy Bunting and Seamus Hamill-Keays
PublisherWalking Tree Publishers
Released19 August 2021
FormatPaperback
Pages258
ISBN978-3-905703-46-7
SeriesCormarë Series
Preceded byTolkien and the Classical World
Followed byNólë Hyarmenillo

The Gallant Edith Bratt is a biographical work on Edith Tolkien by Nancy Bunting and Seamus Hamill-Keays. The book re-examines Edith's role in J.R.R. Tolkien's life, looking at documentary evidence and the role Edith played in Tolkien's literary creation. It was published as No. 46 in the Cormarë Series.

Contents

  • Series' Editors Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: In the Beginning
  • Chapter 2: Childhood
  • Chapter 3: Dresden House, 1903-1907
  • Chapter 4: The Faulkners', Birmingham, 1908-1910
  • Chapter 5: Charlton Kings, 1910-1913
  • Chapter 6: Waiting in Warwick, 1913-1915
  • Chapter 7: Waiting in Warwick, 1915-1916
  • Chapter 8: Edith Bratt Tolkien Confronts the War, 1916
  • Chapter 9: Edith Bratt Tolkien's Wanderings, 1917
  • Chapter 10: Edith: Creation, Subcreation, and Tinúviel/Lúthien
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix Concerning Tolkien and Sanskrit

From the publisher

Who was Edith Bratt? Millions saw Hollywood's fantasy version of J.R.R. Tolkien's one and only love, Edith Bratt, in the 2019 movie, Tolkien. Fact, though, is stranger than fiction, and more interesting. Edith's story reveals a gallant heroine suffering under "The Shadow of the Past." Edith was Ronald's "lover," and much like her mother, Edith risked all for the man she loved. New research finds a financially independent and strong woman who was not only John Ronald's equal, but his muse, his anchor of stability in the present, and his hope for the future.

Admirers, enthusiasts, and students of Tolkien will find much new material to enrich their understanding and appreciation of Tolkien. Placing the development of John Ronald Tolkien's Elvish languages, mythology, and art during the crucial years of 1916-18 in a new biographical context that includes the importance and significance of Edith Bratt culminates in the pivotal story of Lúthien and Beren with new unsuspected sources and the complementary artwork of The Fair Towns of Holy Tol Eressëa. A fresh awareness of the compelling and pervasive influence and effect of Tolkien's biography on his oeuvre suggests new views and possibilities for further investigations.

Reception

The book was reviewed by Shaun Gunner, Chair of The Tolkien Society in the journal Mallorn. In reviewing the book, Gunner said he felt had done a "genuinely thorough job in looking into Edith’s early life and upbringing, teaching about her family, education, wealth and accommodation." However, he critiqued the book as "incomplete" for only covering her life from her birth to 1917, for making their own suppositions, and for "pointed" critiques of Humphrey Carpenter's biography of Tolkien. He concluded he could only "partially" recommend the work.[1]

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  1. Shaun Gunner, review of The Gallant Edith Bratt in Mallorn 63, ed. Luke Shelton, pp. 47-8