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Jun 262018

Tolkien Exhibition now underway…

The Bodleian Libraries’ exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth explores Tolkien’s legacy, from his genius as an artist, poet, linguist, and author to his academic career and private life.

“The exhibition runs 1 June 2018 — 28 October 2018 in the Weston Library, Oxford.”

If you happen to be in Oxford, England over the summer, a must see stop for any Tolkien fan will be the Bodleian Libraries’ exhibition ‘Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth’ which is on display until the first of September!

This computer exhibition hold artwork, writings and calligraphy never before seen by the public. Go HERE to get your free tickets.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

 June 26, 2018  Posted by at 2:32 pm
  • Ruca77

    Will do my best to try go visit it in October or so! Anyone else went or planning to?
    One exhibition to rule them all o/

    PS: Welcome back bro, you were missed, hope all well /toast

  • Windstrm99

    I wish I could get over to see it, but it is not possible. It looks awesome.

  • Random Musings

    I’m going on Saturday 11th August, but then again I only live 2 hours away!

  • give us a report when you get back!

  • Random Musings

    I definitely will. I’ve already checked and I can’t take photos with a camera inside the exhibit, but I’ll be sure to take as many mental images and memories as humanly possible!

  • Random Musings

    Might have to delay that report as I’m ill at the moment. I plan to re-arrange a visit for another date.

  • Hope you are feeling better!

  • Random Musings

    So I went last Saturday. The gallery itself was no bigger than 10 metres wide and 20 metres long, but boy was that big enough to hold all of the really fascinating stuff on show! Original artwork and Tolkien personal belongings amongst other things!

    Quick facts I learnt:

    * Hobbiton to Bree is approximately the same distance (100 miles / 161 KM) I drove from my home in Caerphilly to Oxford. That took me about two hours.
    * The Lord of the Rings was originally caled ‘The Magic Ring’
    * Originally Mordor was not as rectangle as it is, instead the mountains North and South flared off [ like drooping Bunny ears on the side! – my example not theres 😉 ]
    * The green and blue circle symbol with flowers found on the Silmirillion book is actually the herald of Luthien
    * As a potential epilogue to LOTR Tolkien drafted a letter that King Elessar sent to Sam to inform him of an upcoming visit of his to the Shire. It would’ve acutally been a physical letter that you would be able to pull out of the book.
    * Tolkien worked out how big a Hobbit toe (1.27cm), foot (23 cm) and eventually step (91 cm) was to ensure that they travelled no further than they would be physically possible in a given day.

    P.s. More nuggets of gold can be gleaned from the book on sale relating to the exhibition. I’d really suggest picking it up (I did) because it also contains information and items not on show in the actual exhibition.


  • Cool! Thanks for sharing the photos!

  • Shane House

    Dear Ring Lord,

    I hope this reaches you. I’ve searched for a more direct way to get in contact to no avail. I have been working on a fantasy book for over a year. Since the end of the first book is in sight I’ve decided it’s time to be a bother. The backdrop of the story is a war between the Khazad and Urukhai. Part of the story focus’s on the antagonists in the orcish camp and uses black speech as part of the story telling.

    Neo Black Speech plays an important part in the story and I’d want to be sure to give proper credit. I’d like to email you a chapter from the story and a copy of the acknowledgment page for your approval.

    contact me at setsoru@gmail.com
    if this interests you

  • Ruca77

    Did you go friend? o7

  • Random Musings

    I did. Check out my post above with photos.

  • Ruca77

    Amazing report, n1 friend! Hope I get a chance!

  • Ruca77

    haha indeed, /facepalm 😀
    Cheers bro & nice day! o7

  • Random Musings

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the exhibition only ran 1 June 2018 — 28 October 2018.
    Get the book instead, I did as well and it’s pretty good.

  • Ruca77

    Oh right ='(
    *cross fingers* for another one then. Cheers for the report friend! /toast & good week!