Tolkien’s works in the exhibition for the first time


Rare works of J. R. R. Tolkien, who have never shown before, it is life in a major new exhibition on the Lord of the rings author.

“Tolkien: the Creator of middle-earth” to the Bodleian Libraries’ Weston Library in Oxford, which brings together a number of elements from the United Kingdom, the USA and France.

Many of them were the city since Tolkien’s death in 1973

The library said it is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity”, with so many Tolkien-related materials.

Three invisible Tolkien’s works, and numerous personal items.

There are also numerous manuscripts, maps and letters from the Bodleian library Tolkien archives, the Tolkien collection in the Marquette University in Wisconsin, and in several private collections.

The Tolkien Estate AG 1937

“This is the first time that any of this material comes back to the UK and it’s so exciting, and back again to Oxford, where Tolkien wrote the material and moved the works of art,” said Catherine McIlwaine, the Bodleian Tolkien archivist, the exhibition is curated.

“The material is unknown to Tolkien-fans, it will be fantastic.”

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Personal impact – how Tolkien’s briefcase, the color pencils, which he used to create the graphics, the colors, which he awarded to be used for the water-colours in The Hobbit and the Bodleian by his family for Lord of the rings and Boxing posters.

Tolkien’s tobacco pipes are also included.

The Tolkien Trust, 2018

“He has always smoked when he was writing, drawing and painting. He said that it helped him to concentrate – he could not write without it,” Ms McIlwaine said.

“[His pipe], in the cases, but I was able to treat you and you can still smell the tobacco that Tolkien used, which is really nice.

“I think his personal items really speak to the visitors.”

The Tolkien Estate AG 1937

There are previously unpublished letters, the Tolkien of famous fans, such as the poet WH Auden, novelist, Iris Murdoch and Terry Pratchett, and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.

“This is a very exciting part of the exhibition,” said Ms McIlwaine.

“These are the letters that people haven’t seen yet, and have not yet been published, and I think it will be very surprising for the visitors to the spectrum of people that Tolkien loved the work and loved it so much that she wrote him.”

The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937

The Tolkien Trust 1995

The exhibition runs from 1. June to 28.October.