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BerenIn 1913, on the evening of his twenty-first birthday, Tolkien wrote to Edith Mary Bratt a declaration of his love and asked her to marry him. Edith replied saying that she had already agreed to marry another man, but that she had done so because she had believed Tolkien had forgotten her. The two met up and beneath a railway viaduct renewed their love; Edith returned her engagement ring and announced that she was marrying Tolkien instead. Following their engagement Edith converted to Catholicism at Tolkien's insistence. They were formally engaged in Birmingham, in January 1913, and married in Warwick, England, at Saint Mary Immaculate Catholic Church on 22 March 1916.
Beren - Luthien
“This doom she chose, forsaking the blessed realm, and putting aside all claim to kinship with those that dwell there; that thus whatever grief might lie in wait, the fates of Beren [Tolkien] and Luthien [Edith] might be joined, and their paths lead together beyond the confines of the world. Yet though all the world is changed, the likeness of Luthien the beloved, whom the lost [remains].” (“Of Beren and Luthien”)


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