Christopher Tolkien Net Worth – The Son of “The Lord of the Rings” Author

Christopher Tolkien was an English editor. He is the son of the author J.R.R. Tolkien.

Christopher Tolkien Net Worth

Christopher Tolkien’s net worth is around $150 million USD at the time of his death in January 2020. He is the son of the legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”  Christopher drew the original maps for his father’s “The Lord of the Rings.”

He edited most of his father’s posthumously published works. He is also responsible for negotiating hundreds of millions of dollars worth of licensing deals affiliated with his father’s works. He was in charge of a $200 million licensing deal to Amazon Studios as the director of the Tolkien Estate. 

Personal Life

Christopher Tolkien was born in Leeds, England in November 1924 and passed away in January 2020. He was the third of the four children of J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife Edith Mary Tolkien. 

He went to the Dragon School in Oxford and later at The Oratory School which is a boarding school in England. During World War II, he was a pilot in the Royal Air Force. He went to South Africa for his flight training. He completed the basic flying course at 7 Air School, in Kroonstad, and then the service flying course at 25 Air School in Standerton.

After the war, Tolkien studied English at Trinity College in Oxford, taking his B.A. in 1949. He then received his Bachelor of Letters (B.Litt) a few years later.

Christopher became a French Citizen later in his life. He died on January 16, 2020 at the age of 95, in Draguignan, Var, France. 

Professional Career

Christopher Tolkien, even as a child, was part of his father’s audience for his fictional works. As a teenager, he offered feedback on “The Lord of the Rings” and was responsible for drawing the maps for the book. In the 1970s, he later re-drew the main map, clarifying some words and correcting errors. When he was 21 years old, his father invited him to join the Inklings,  a literary discussion group associated with his father and C. S. Lewis, and more academics at the University of Oxford. The group was active from the 1930s to 1949.

In 1960, Christopher Tolkien published “The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise: Translated from the Icelandic with Introduction, Notes and Appendices by Christopher Tolkien.”

He then became a lecturer in English Language at New College, Oxford, from 1964 to 1975.

He is responsible for editing a lot of his father’s posthumous works including “The Silmarillion,”  “Unfinished Tales,” “The Fall of Gondolin,” “The History of Middle-earth,” “The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún,” and “The Fall of Arthur.”

In 2016, he received the Bodley Medal, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to literature, culture, science, and communication.

Christopher Tolkien  Relationship Status

Christopher Tolkien was married twice. His first marriage was to Faith Faulconbridge and the second one was to Baillie Klass.

He has three children – Simon, Adam, and Rachel. Simon Tolkien is also a novelist.

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