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Interview with Andrew H. Morton on Tolkien's Gedling

Beren
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May 9 2008, 10:12am

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It was my honor to do an interview with Andrew H. Moreton on Tolkien's Gedling, 1914: The Birth Of A Legend, a book about Jane Neave and Phoenix Farm.

Most people interested in Tolkien will have heard about Gedling, but not to much was know about Tolkien's aunt Jane Neave and Tolkien's connection with Gedling.

We all know she was Tolkien's aunt and that Tolkien must have had a special bond with her.
But one man went some steps further and did get a special interest in Jane Neave and Phoenix Farm.
He, and his research partner John Hayes, found out plenty about Jane Neave, who ran the farm and was said to be highly influential on her nephew, J.R.R. Tolkien.
Their findings are now published in Tolkien's Gedling 1914: The Birth of a Legend and I thought it interesting to ask the author, Andrew H. Morton, some questions.

Here is the transcript of the interview with Andrew H. Moreton.

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diedye
Grey Havens


May 9 2008, 12:30pm

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They don't sell it here, only in the UK. Frown

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Beren
Bree


May 9 2008, 2:16pm

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I really think this book is very interesting, got to have that one... and am already looking forward to the next one "Bag-end farm"... sounds fabulous info!

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burrahobbit
Rohan


May 9 2008, 2:34pm

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Another great interview thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

Sounds like Tolkien's aunt was quite a character. The theory that she had some influence on Gandalf is really charming and quite plausible.


        
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dernwyn
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May 9 2008, 3:30pm

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Fascinating - just fascinating! Thank you for that; I'm glad you were able to do that interview.

But the farm is gone? Such a loss...Frown


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weaver
Half-elven

May 9 2008, 3:44pm

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Jane N. is mentioned a lot in Tolkien scholarship, but there's rarely a lot of detail. I did not realize someone had taken up some research in this area and found out so much. Very interesting interview and the book looks like a good read. Thank you!

Weaver



grammaboodawg
Immortal


May 9 2008, 4:36pm

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when I'm reading about Jane Neave's personality, impact on others, and her influence on J.R.R. I think of the Brandybuck's and/or Took's influence on young Baggins?

How fortunate that Tolkien had such a wonderful relative to connect with at just the moment when someone like her helped shape his talent for expression and writing. How many people have we each had enter (and leave) our lives that impacted who we are (and are yet to be)?

What a wonderful interview. Thank you so much!



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Beren
Bree


May 9 2008, 9:24pm

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It was my pleasure! I had actually heard about the book and then some month ago i wrote an article about it, because it was close to publication. Then the author himself contacted me (in surprise) that I had found the cover before he had even seen it... I then immediatly arranged to do the interview and this is the result.

I think studies like this are very interesting, since they tell us something 'new' about Tolkien and this book about Jane Neave tells us about Tolkien when he was still very young... a time when a lot of 'character shaping' is still going on and so a person like Jane Neave must have had a huge impact on Tolkien.

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Kimi
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May 10 2008, 12:21am

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What a fascinating account! I love the idea of Aunt Jane contributing to the figure of Gandalf :-)

Thanks, Beren.


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grammaboodawg
Immortal


May 10 2008, 1:20am

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and you heard :) *bows deeply*



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mae govannen
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May 11 2008, 12:41pm

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and of the kind I love most: shedding some extra light on Tolkien as a person, and on the very special other persons he loved and who had a formative influence on him, his ideals and his imagination...
I think you are quite right: Jane must have been a substitute mother for him to some extent, after the poor boy lost his real mother. And Gandalf does have that 'motherly' side to him too, under his grumpy appearance... Think of Pippin, and of the Hobbits in general!
Like Gandalf too, this remarkable lady was both very intelligent and learned on the one hand, and on the other hand loved the charming countryside of 'The Shire', not feeling herself too important and too high to live there, farming...
Thank you for this, dear Beren!...

'Is everything sad going to come untrue?'
(Sam, 'The Field of Cormallen', in 'The Return of the King'.)

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Elven
Valinor


May 12 2008, 12:07pm

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This was a wonderful interview! Thankyou so much beren.
After reading it I went searching over the internet reading here and there about Jane (2 hours later Wink) ... it certainly sparked my interest, and I look forward to reading more.
Could you tell me, do you know what her birthdate was?
I couldnt find it anywhere .. just the years 1872-1963 ..

Cant wait to read further!

Cheers
Elven


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Beren
Bree


May 13 2008, 4:34pm

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probably it will all be mentioned in the book! Or the author(s) can answer your question for sure... if anyone knows it will be Andrew Morton!

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Elven
Valinor


May 14 2008, 1:24am

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