poniedziałek, 19 grudnia 2016

»Gott schütze die Königin!«
Tolkiens, Windsors and German roots

The House of Windsor is the royal house of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. The dynasty is of German paternal descent and was originally a branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, itself derived from the House of Wettin, which succeeded the House of Hanover as monarchs in the British Empire following the death of Queen Victoria, wife of Albert, Prince Consort. The houses of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Windsor have provided five British monarchs to date, including four kings and the present queen, Elizabeth II. (Wikipedia)
The cool thing is that the the Tolkien family emerges in England in similar times as the House of Hanover – and then Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, which is called the House of Windsor today. The Queen is of German paternal descent, as was Professor Tolkien. This fact was probably so uncomfortable in the twentieth century that both families tried somehow to forget about it. I hope that the Tolkien family will not be mad at me, when I find their great-great-great-great-great-grandparents in Danzig, Ostpreußen and finally in a small village Tolksdorf (today Tołkiny) near Rasbenburg (today Kętrzyn) in Bartia?

My maternal roots are also German...

1 komentarz:

  1. Nice cartoon of George V clearing out all his German names, titles and heraldry (from St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, apparently, as he is wearing a Garter Robe and chain) — and also all his relatives who refused to do the same!