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Tolkien Family History & Genealogy

22 biographies and 3 photos with the Tolkien last name. Discover the family history, nationality, origin and common names of Tolkien family members.
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Updated Oct 06, 2022

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Feb 18, 1857 - Feb 15, 1896
c. Jan 1870 - Nov 14, 1904
Oct 28, 1886 - Oct 1967
Dec 18, 1886 - Nov 1972
c. 1888 - Apr 29, 1918
Jan 21, 1889 - Nov 29, 1971
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, best known as J.R.R. Tolkien, was a writer, poet, and academic likely best remembered by most for his high fantasy works The Hobbit (published in 1937) and The Lord of the Rings (published in 1954). John Tolkien's parents were Arthur Reuel Tolkien (1857 -1896) and Mabel Suffield (1870 - 1904). He had one brother, Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien, born 1894 in South Africa. Born in South Africa where his father was a bank manager, Tolkien moved to England with his mother when he was 3. He was home schooled by her until she died when he was 12. His father had died earlier, leaving him and his younger brother orphans. After that, the boys were raised by a Catholic priest and were sent to King Edward's School and later, Oxford. He went on to marry and have four children. John Tolkien married Edith Mary Bratt (1889 - 1971) on March 22, 1916, in Warwick, Warwickshire, England, in St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church. They had three sons: John Francis (1917 - 2003), Michael Hilary (1920 - 1984), and Christopher (born 1924) and one daughter, Priscilla (1929 - 2022). J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) wrote books and poetry, as well as being a distinguished Professor at Oxford University. Best known for "The Hobbit" published in 1937, and "The Lord of the Rings" published during the years of 1954 - 1955, his son Christopher posthumously gathered his old notes and manuscripts to create "The Silmarillion", which had 5 parts. A friend of C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien is credited with being the father of "high fantasy".
Feb 17, 1894 - c. 1976

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, best known as J.R.R. Tolkien, was a writer, poet, and academic likely best remembered by most for his high fantasy works The Hobbit (published in 1937) and The Lord of the Rings (published in 1954). John Tolkien's parents were Arthur Reuel Tolkien (1857 -1896) and Mabel Suffield (1870 - 1904). He had one brother, Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien, born 1894 in South Africa. Born in South Africa where his father was a bank manager, Tolkien moved to England with his mother when he was 3. He was home schooled by her until she died when he was 12. His father had died earlier, leaving him and his younger brother orphans. After that, the boys were raised by a Catholic priest and were sent to King Edward's School and later, Oxford. He went on to marry and have four children. John Tolkien married Edith Mary Bratt (1889 - 1971) on March 22, 1916, in Warwick, Warwickshire, England, in St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church. They had three sons: John Francis (1917 - 2003), Michael Hilary (1920 - 1984), and Christopher (born 1924) and one daughter, Priscilla (1929 - 2022). J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) wrote books and poetry, as well as being a distinguished Professor at Oxford University. Best known for "The Hobbit" published in 1937, and "The Lord of the Rings" published during the years of 1954 - 1955, his son Christopher posthumously gathered his old notes and manuscripts to create "The Silmarillion", which had 5 parts. A friend of C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien is credited with being the father of "high fantasy".
Jan 21, 1889 - Nov 29, 1971
Born c. 1938
Feb 17, 1894 - c. 1976
Born c. 1935
Born c. 1931
c. 1905 - c. 1970
c. Jan 1870 - Nov 14, 1904
Feb 18, 1857 - Feb 15, 1896
Born Jun 18, 1929
Nov 21, 1924 - Jan 16, 2020
Nov 17, 1917 - Jan 22, 2003
Oct 22, 1920 - Feb 27, 1984
Nov 25, 1911 - Dec 24, 1962
c. 1888 - Apr 29, 1918
Dec 27, 1922 - Oct 20, 2002
Sep 14, 1908 - Oct 1987
Oct 28, 1886 - Oct 1967
Sep 16, 1941 - Feb 9, 2010
Feb 11, 1915 - Oct 23, 2004

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, best known as J.R.R. Tolkien, was a writer, poet, and academic likely best remembered by most for his high fantasy works The Hobbit (published in 1937) and The Lord of the Rings (published in 1954). John Tolkien's parents were Arthur Reuel Tolkien (1857 -1896) and Mabel Suffield (1870 - 1904). He had one brother, Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien, born 1894 in South Africa. Born in South Africa where his father was a bank manager, Tolkien moved to England with his mother when he was 3. He was home schooled by her until she died when he was 12. His father had died earlier, leaving him and his younger brother orphans. After that, the boys were raised by a Catholic priest and were sent to King Edward's School and later, Oxford. He went on to marry and have four children. John Tolkien married Edith Mary Bratt (1889 - 1971) on March 22, 1916, in Warwick, Warwickshire, England, in St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church. They had three sons: John Francis (1917 - 2003), Michael Hilary (1920 - 1984), and Christopher (born 1924) and one daughter, Priscilla (1929 - 2022). J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) wrote books and poetry, as well as being a distinguished Professor at Oxford University. Best known for "The Hobbit" published in 1937, and "The Lord of the Rings" published during the years of 1954 - 1955, his son Christopher posthumously gathered his old notes and manuscripts to create "The Silmarillion", which had 5 parts. A friend of C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien is credited with being the father of "high fantasy".
Born Jun 18, 1929
c. 1905 - c. 1970
Nov 17, 1917 - Jan 22, 2003
Born c. 1938
Born c. 1931
c. Jan 1870 - Nov 14, 1904
Feb 18, 1857 - Feb 15, 1896
Feb 17, 1894 - c. 1976
Jan 21, 1889 - Nov 29, 1971
Born c. 1935
Oct 22, 1920 - Feb 27, 1984
Nov 21, 1924 - Jan 16, 2020
Sep 16, 1941 - Feb 9, 2010
Oct 28, 1886 - Oct 1967
Feb 11, 1915 - Oct 23, 2004
Dec 27, 1922 - Oct 20, 2002
Jun 27, 1895 - Sep 1974
c. 1888 - Apr 29, 1918
Dec 18, 1886 - Nov 1972

Tolkien Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Tolkien family member is 70.0 years old according to our database of 18 people with the last name Tolkien that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

70.0 years

Oldest Tolkiens

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, best known as J.R.R. Tolkien, was a writer, poet, and academic likely best remembered by most for his high fantasy works The Hobbit (published in 1937) and The Lord of the Rings (published in 1954). John Tolkien's parents were Arthur Reuel Tolkien (1857 -1896) and Mabel Suffield (1870 - 1904). He had one brother, Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien, born 1894 in South Africa. Born in South Africa where his father was a bank manager, Tolkien moved to England with his mother when he was 3. He was home schooled by her until she died when he was 12. His father had died earlier, leaving him and his younger brother orphans. After that, the boys were raised by a Catholic priest and were sent to King Edward's School and later, Oxford. He went on to marry and have four children. John Tolkien married Edith Mary Bratt (1889 - 1971) on March 22, 1916, in Warwick, Warwickshire, England, in St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church. They had three sons: John Francis (1917 - 2003), Michael Hilary (1920 - 1984), and Christopher (born 1924) and one daughter, Priscilla (1929 - 2022). J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) wrote books and poetry, as well as being a distinguished Professor at Oxford University. Best known for "The Hobbit" published in 1937, and "The Lord of the Rings" published during the years of 1954 - 1955, his son Christopher posthumously gathered his old notes and manuscripts to create "The Silmarillion", which had 5 parts. A friend of C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien is credited with being the father of "high fantasy".
81 years
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