niedziela, 18 grudnia 2016

Lutheran Johann B. Tolkien
becomes Anglican John B. Tolkien?

I try to find the traces of the Tolkiens in Danzig/Gdańsk. First I must estimate the Christian denomination of John Benjamin Tolkien. It has not been difficult. On I have found this book:

Johann Benjamin Tolkien (known to us as John Benjamin Tolkien), great-great-grandfather of J.R.R. Tolkien was a German Lutheran in London in 1784. He belonged to the German Lutheran Community in Savoy, Strand, London (Deutschen Evangelischen Gemeinde in der Savoy in Strand) and there probably was his second wedding with Maria Wall and baptism of their son George William Tolkien on 7 November 1784 who was born few days earlier on 20 October, 1784.

But what is strange 7 years earlier, on 29 April 1777 John Benjamin Tolkien got married for the first time with, Mary Warner (who died in 1779 giving birth to their daughter, Anna Maria Tolkien). That time in the Anglican Church of St James in Clarkenwell, England. Anglican pastor wrote: John Benjamin Tolkien, but Tolkien's own signature is Johann Benjamin Tolkien!

Two years later their second daughter, Anna Maria is baptized in the Lutheran chapel:

Information about the Savoy Lutheran Chapel is here.

3 komentarze:

  1. I read the year of George William Tolkien’s birth and baptism clearly 1784 (…•eighty•four).

    1. Of course you are right! Thank you. I made a mistake when copying these data from