J.R.R. Tolkien Trivia Quiz

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1. Grandfather

The Tolkien family came to England from Germany in the eighteenth century, and some of them soon set up businesses there. John Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien’s grandfather, prospered at first but eventually suffered a business failure that changed the course of life for his son Arthur, causing him to leave England. What business had John Tolkien been in?

A) Banking
B) Bare-knuckle boxing
C) Bee-keeping
D) Building pianos

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s forebears settled in London and became makers of clocks and pianos. When John Tolkien moved to Birmingham, he took his own piano business with him, but it did not survive the hard economic times in the 1870s and 1880s. Arthur had hoped to follow his father into the piano business, but left England to pursue a banking career instead.

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