New Tolkien: The Man Who Made Middle Earth

A little more Tolkien. Thanks to Kristen Twardowski for this post on a new book and the Tolkien exhibit at the Bodleian Library in Oxford in 2018.

Kristen Twardowski

thehobbit_firsteditionThe world is soon going to learn a little more about the man who wrote The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The Bodleian Library of Oxford University is publishing a biography of Tolkien called Tolkien: The Maker of Middle Earth as well as holding a major exhibit on the man in 2018.

The book is being written by Catherine McIlwaine, the official Tolkien Archivist at the Bodleian. (And I do love that “Tolkien Archivist” is an official title.) In addition to telling readers about Tolkien’s history, the book highlights his manuscript drafts, illustrations, and paintings as well as letters that were sent to him. Since Tolkien was a professor at Oxford for 35 years and donated his personal archives to the Bodleian, McIlwaine has a lot of material to work with.

The most visually impressive items from that collection will appear in the Bodleian’s Tolkien exhibit as well…

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