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Christopher Wiseman

Christopher Luke Wiseman (20 April 1893 Edgbaston - 25 July 1987 Milford-on-Sea) was the only friend of J.R.R. Tolkien who survived the World War I, during which he served as an Instructor Lieutenant in the Royal Navy.[1] He was one of the T.C.B.S., and it was after Wiseman who Tolkien named his son, Christopher Tolkien.[2]


  1. "Instructor Lieutenant Christopher Luke Wiseman", Lives of the First World War (accessed 10 December 2017)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 306, (undated, late 1967 - early 1968)