Happy anniversary J.R.R. and Edith Tolkien who were married on this day in 1916. Tolkien met Edith as a teenager and apparently became so smitten by her he began to neglect school and his other responsibilities. Edith was a Protestant and three years Tolkien’s senior, something disapproved of by Tolkien’s guardian Father Morgan. When he was 18, Father Morgan forbade him from speaking, meeting or even writing to her until his 21st birthday on pain of ending his college career. Tolkien obeyed to the day and almost immediately proposed to Edith when his 21st birthday arrived in 1913. She accepted and they remained married until her death in 1971.
Edith was Tolkien’s muse and the inspiration for the high Elven princesses Lúthien Tinúviel and Arwen Evenstar in his trilogy LORD OF THE RINGS.
Here’s to great muses and to love.
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P.S. Tolkien’s latest book appears 45 years after his death. “The Fall of Gondolin.”