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In remembrance by elegaer In remembrance by elegaer
I wasn't going to upload anything from my visit to Wolvercote, but as I uploaded Rossetti's grave picture, I can't really not upload a shot of Tolkien's grave. Well, Tolkien and his wife, Edith. It's a beautiful grave.

The cemetery is quite an unusual one. Its multi-sectarian - there's a Catholic section, Protestant section and Jewish section. A few more too. I think there must be an Orthodox one, because there was a burial going on while I was there, and I'm fairly sure it was Orthodox of some description. The priest in charge was singing / chanting so beautifully.

John is there too, Tolkien's eldest son. I'm wondering where Michael is, if he's buried there, its nowhere nearly his father, mother and brother. Anyone know?

Tolkien's grave is beautifully tended, with 2 lavender (I think) bushes at the end, and also 2 roses and another shrub planted along it. Near the headstone is room for flowers, and there were *lots* of flowers there. I left some pink carnations.

There were so many other beautiful gravestones and memorials in the cemetery too. Some gorgeous Art Nouveau flowers, some gorgeous knotwork. Pics will appear on in the next few days.
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MissStark Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that he had Luthien and Beren inscribed under their names... it's not too many couples that are devoted to each other like that.
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littlelea Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Beren & Luthien... I didn't know that was on their headstones... almost brings a tear to your eye.....
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eternitys-ink Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Beautiful picture. Tolkien was such an amazing person - he made fantasy what it is today. If anyone today did what he did we would call them unoriginal. lol. Beren and Luthien - so sweet.
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sassyeggs Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
i'm so jealous that you got to see this. i mean, i know it's just a stone, and a couple of boxes in the ground with nothing at all to do with the man who once was Tolkien. but it's still a remarkable icon and the closest anyone can get to him now.
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primulatook Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beren and his Luthien
sweet :tears:
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
its soooo sweet, and so sad. *sighs*
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iedkos Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007   General Artist
Just have to :+fav: the shoot of the gravestone of the man from which creativity we have taken a name for the arts association I co-founded with my partners (ARDA).
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
what a wonderful name for an arts association, and a wonderful tribute to Tolkien's amazing effect on all our lives
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iedkos Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007   General Artist
:peace::nod:
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Tingilinde Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful gravestone for a great man...
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
A lovely memorial indeed :D
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this :hug:
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
you're very welcome :hug:
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darklingwoods Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
beautiful shot, I'm glad you decided to share, I get teary just looking at it

I hope you had a wonderful trip!
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
so do I ... I didn't think I'd be affected by being at his grave, but I nearly burst out crying. It was beautiful and awful all at once.
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terrance-b-funderful Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
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lennan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Very nice shot. =)
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Armel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We miss him. I bought the Letters on sunday, it's actually fascinating to see the profund understanding and critical eye he had on his work.
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
"Letters" is just the most fascinating book. I'm always recommending it to people who want to understand Tolkien's world and his writing, and its probably given me more insight than any other book of his.
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Armel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I've only read so far a few letters from the book plus the ones that were added as an introduction to my copy of the Silmarillion, and I really don't regret buying the book.
BTW, did you know that Christopher Tolkien is to release very soon a new complete version of the Narn i Hin Hurin?
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rainwalker Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
[nitpick] Er, "Catholic, Protestant and Jewish" aren't races, they're religions (or cultures). I think "ecumenical" or "multi-cultural" might be a better descriptor than "multi-racial." [/nitpick]

It is indeed a lovely photo, though.
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
um yes *facepalm!blush* I was tired last night .... *edited*
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