AUNT OF J.R.R. TOLKEIN
Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery.
Born in 1861 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire and married William Charles Mountain in 1887, Grace Bindley nee Tolkein, was one of six siblings, one of whom, Arthur, was the father of J.R.R. Tolkein, the famous author of Lord of the Rings. Tolkein visited his Aunt Grace in Newcastle on a regular basis and, as well as coming to know about the mining and engineering industry of England for his ‘Mines of Moria’ and ‘Isengard’, the character of his Uncle William resonates with some aspects of the character of the brilliant, power-hungry but defeated Saruman.