Joan Turville-Petre

Joan Elizabeth Turville-Petre (10 May 1911 – 9 March 2006) was a noted academic at Oxford University, England, in the field of Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic and Scandinavian language studies.

Joan Turville-Petre (née Blomfield) was the daughter of Sam Blomfield of Colchester, Essex. In 1930 she began her studies at Somerville College, Oxford University[1] and she maintained a lifelong connection with the college. She was a Tutor and Fellow from 1941 to 1946, a Lecturer in English from 1946 to 1965 and an Honorary College Research Fellow from 1965 until her death in 2006.

On 7 January 1943, Joan Turville-Petre married Gabriel Turville-Petre, a fellow Oxford academic working in the same field. J. R. R. Tolkien and his wife were among the guests.[2] They had three sons: Thorlac Francis Samuel (born 6 January 1944), Merlin Oswald (born 2 July 1946) and Brendan Arthur Auberon (16 September 1948 – 6 December 1981).

Joan Turville-Petre died at the age of 94. Her funeral was held at St Michael's, Aylsham on 23 March 2006.[3][4]

Selected publications


  2. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion & Guide: Chronology, 2006, 1065
  3. The Times 14 March 2006
  4. Joan Turville-Petre, Obituary, Saga-Book of the Viking Society for Northern Research 30 (2006)
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