TIL when J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife and muse Edith had just met each other they were spending time by throwing sugarlumps into the hats of passers-by from the balcony of a teashop

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Also Tolkien’s guardian forbade any contact between Ronald and Edith. On his 21st birthday, when the guardianship ended, he wrote a letter to Edith. From her wiki: ​ >It contained a declaration of his love and asked her to marry him. She replied saying that she was already engaged but implied that she had done so out of a belief that Tolkien had forgotten her. Within a week, Tolkien had journeyed to Cheltenham[11] where Edith met him at the railway station. That day, Edith returned her ring and announced her engagement to Tolkien instead.


*Tolkien’s Romantic Advice*: Find someone you enjoy being silly with.


I bet they were tutted at something fierce.


He was a mischievous oik, ol’ John Ronald Ruell.


Oh, it’s ‘J.R.R. Tolkien’ and ‘his wife and muse Edith’, not ‘J.R.R. Tolkien’ and ‘his wife’ and ‘muse Edith’.