During his service in World War I, J.R.R. Before heading into the war, Tolkien married Edith Bratt, whom he had known since he was 16. But he also found his muse in his wife, Edith Tolkien. Tolkien’s son, Christopher Tolkien, carried on his father’s legacy. Jason Scott, Flickr // CC BY 2.0Born in 1924, Christopher Tolkien was said to have assisted in his father’s work at a very early age.