Biographies of the Inklings:
Christopher Tolkien

On the 21st of November, 1924, Christopher Reuel Tolkien, editor, novelist, academic, and third son of JR.R. Tolkien, was born in Leeds, England. He was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and the Oratory School. As a child he listened to his father’s tales of Middle Earth, and as a teenager, he gave feedback on The Lord of the Rings

In 1943, Tolkien entered the Royal Air Force and served as a pilot and flying officer. After the war ended, he studied English at Oxford University. He followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a lecturer and tutor in English Language at New College, Oxford. He held this position from 1964 to 1975. Tolkien is best known, however, as the editor of much of his father’s posthumously published work. He produced and redrew the original maps of Middle Earth that appeared in the books, as his father’s maps were sometimes contradictory. 

In 2001, The Lord of the Rings was set to become a film directed by Peter Jackson. Tolkien was skeptical about the films being able to retain the essence of his father’s work, but didn’t officially discourage the effort.

Tolkien currently lives in France with his second wife, Baille Tolkien (nee Klass), and their two children.

Courtney McCullough
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