The Study of Bag End

The Gallant Edith Bratt ―エディス・ブラットさんにフォーカスした研究書が2021年8月発売

トールキンの妻エディス・トールキン(旧姓:ブラット)さんの人生にフォーカスをあてた研究書『 The Gallant Edith Bratt: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Inspiration 』が Walking Tree Publishers から出版されます。発売日は

おそらく2019年の論文がベースになっているものと思います(映画『トールキン 旅のはじまり』の公開とほぼ同時期)。論文の要旨にあった「まさにヴィクトリア朝の“運と勇気”の物語」という触れ込みにひかれました(今回の書籍の紹介文にこの一文はありませんが)。これまで主としてハンフリー・カーペンターさんの『J・R・R・トールキン―或る伝記』で伝えられてきたエディスさんの人物像や人生を新たな視点からフォーカスする一冊になりそうです。


The Gallant Edith Bratt: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Inspiration

著者:Bunting Nancy, Hamill-Keays Seamus

Walking Tree Publishers
3905703467 / 9783905703467
The Gallant Edith Bratt – Walking Tree Publishers


Who was Edith Bratt? Millions saw Hollywood’s fantasy version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s one and only love, Edith Bratt, in the 2019 movie, Tolkien. Fact, though, is stranger than fiction, and more interesting. Edith’s story reveals a gallant heroine suffering under “The Shadow of the Past.” Edith was Ronald’s “lover,” and much like her mother, Edith risked all for the man she loved. New research finds a financially independent and strong woman who was not only John Ronald’s equal, but his muse, his anchor of stability in the present, and his hope for the future.

This presentation of Edith’s life presents a new look at the previously censored depth of her passion with Ronald Tolkien that was ignited in 1909 at the Faulkner boarding house in Birmingham. The blow of their separation from 1910 to 1913 is seen as the likely impetus to Ronald Tolkien’s escape into Fantasy with his invented languages, mythology, and art. Their reunion and commitment to a life together was the incentive that saved Ronald Tolkien from his years of partying and pranks in Oxford. Tolkien then imagined a new life in enchanted Kortirion/Warwick with Edith, lauded in poetry and blessed by the Elves. When World War I threatened to void all they had waited for, they became for each other the promise of a seemingly impossible future. Keeping a broader biographical scope leads to a recalibration of the importance and contributions of Tolkien’s literary group, the TCBS, previously fostered by a tight focus on Tolkien’s academic pursuits.

Admirers, enthusiasts, and students of Tolkien will find much new material to enrich their understanding and appreciation of Tolkien. Placing the development of John Ronald Tolkien’s Elvish languages, mythology, and art during the crucial years of 1916-18 in a new biographical context that includes the importance and significance of Edith Bratt culminates in the pivotal story of Lúthien and Beren with new unsuspected sources and the complementary artwork of The Fair Towns of Holy Tol Eressëa. A fresh awareness of the compelling and pervasive influence and effect of Tolkien’s biography on his oeuvre suggests new views and possibilities for further investigations. に掲載の紹介文より