Tolkien’s Resting Place


Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien (1892–1973) is buried with his wife Edith at Wolvercote Cemetery, 2.5 miles north of Oxford city centre. Their gravestone bears the names Beren (for him) and Lúthien (for her), referencing the love between a mortal man and an elf maiden who gave up her immortality to be with him.

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2. Church of St Margaret of Antioch

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3. Port Meadow

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5. Pitt Rivers Museum

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6. Ashmolean Museum

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7. Balliol College

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8. Weston Library

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