On this day, March 22nd, in 1916, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien married Edith Mary Bratt at the Catholic Church of St. Mary Immaculate in Warwick, Warwickshire, England. He was 24; she was 27.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, Oxford University professor, and author of the globally beloved fantasy epics The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was born eleventy-seven years ago today, on January 3rd, 1892, in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, a British colony and a province of the Union of South Africa.
On November 16th, 1917 John Francis Reuel Tolkien was born to future Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien and his wife, Edith Mary Tolkien (née Bratt). He was their first child of four. Father Tolkien passed away in January 2003, while denying allegations that he had sexually assaulted a teenage congregant in the 1960s.