Sunday 3 March 2024

Happy 77th Deathday Aunt Grace Tolkien

My wife and I "pay our respects" at the grave of JRR Tolkien's Aunt Grace on something like a weekly basis - and today is the 77th anniversary of her death on 3rd March 1947 - which date I contributed to Hammond and Scull's "Addenda and Corrigenda" to Tolkien's Companion and Guide. 

So - Happy Deathday Aunt Grace! - the repository of the Tolkien family's history, and source for the etymology of the surname "Tolkien" as meaning "foolhardy" or "rash-bold".

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