Christopher Tolkien

literary scholar, writer, and editor

Christopher John Reuel Tolkien (21 November 1924 – 16 January 2020) was an English editor, essayist and educator. He was the third son of the author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973). He was the editor of much of his father's posthumously published work. He drew the original maps for his father's The Lord of the Rings, which he signed C.J.R.T. He was born in Leeds, England.

Christopher Tolkien
BornChristopher John Reuel Tolkien
(1924-11-21)21 November 1924
Leeds, England, UK
Died15 January 2020(2020-01-15) (aged 95)
Draguignan, Var, France
OccupationEditor, illustrator, academic
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford (B.A., B.Litt.)
Notable awardsBodley Medal (2016)
SpouseFaith Faulconbridge
Baillie Klass
Children3, including Simon Tolkien
RelativesJ. R. R. Tolkien (father)
Edith Tolkien (mother)
Tolkien family

He published The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise. Tolkien was a lecturer and tutor in English Language at New College, Oxford, from 1964 to 1975.[1]

Tolkien died on 15 January 2020 in Draguignan, Var, France, at the age of 95.[2][3][4]


  1. "Tolkien, Christopher Reuel". Routledge. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  2. "'First Middle-earth scholar' Christopher Tolkien dies". BBC News. 16 January 2020. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  3. Christopher, le fils de J.R.R. Tolkien, s'est éteint dans le Var à l'âge de 95 ans (in French)
  4. Slawson, Nicola (16 January 2020). "JRR Tolkien's son Christopher dies aged 95". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 January 2020.