JRR Tolkien’s eldest son, who became a catholic priest and abused children, may have been abused as a child himself evidence suggests.
The Lord of the Ring’s creator’s firstborn said he often woke up sharing his bed with someone else when his father’s Oxford friends stayed during his 1920s childhood, in a recording made by one of his chief accusers.
It comes as the family said they did not endorse ‘in any way’ a film about the architect of Middle Earth’s life and claimed it was not accurate.
Father John Tolkien, in a recording heard by The Observer, said that when his father’s Oxford friends stayed during his childhood: ‘Often people would stay the night… I often awoke in the morning to find someone sharing my bed.’
‘When I was a boy I was constantly surrounded by my father and colleagues of my father.
‘Almost without exception, his colleagues were academics and, you know, some of them were pretty strange fellows.
‘More often than not, it would be… well, I don’t intend to name names, just to say that this particular person who I loved dearly, not in a sexual way…’
The recording was first heard last year by an inquiry into historic child sex abuse into four priests in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent, including Fr Tolkien.
It reportedly heard evidence that Fr Tolkien ordered a group of boy scouts to strip naked while he was a priest in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham in the 1950s.
SOURCE: Luke Andrews, MailOnline