Original Tolkien ‘Middle Earth’ artwork goes on display in Oxford

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 | Comments Off on Original Tolkien ‘Middle Earth’ artwork goes on display in Oxford

Original ‘Middle Earth’ artwork goes on display

A new exhibition at the Bodleian Library in Oxford opens today featuring unseen manuscripts by JRR Tolkien, and other notable children’s authors.

8:00AM BST 23 May 2013

The new display, ‘Magical Books: from the Middle Ages to Middle-earth’, focuses on five celebrated children’s fantasy authors. As well as Tolkien, it will include work by CS Lewis, Susan Cooper, Alan Garner and Philip Pullman.

Delving into its collection of authors’ papers, the Bodleian display includes some of the original artwork for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, as well as the manuscript of ‘The Fall of Arthur’, a little known Tolkien poem that was unfinished when he died. It is published for the first time today to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.

Other “magical” objects on show include Philip Pullman’s alethiometer (the golden compass from His Dark Material trilogy), and one of Alan Garner’s original “owl service” plates from the book of the same name.

Objects on display include books and manuscripts that describe the myths, magic and legends which inspired the authors. Witches, for example, are represented by a First Folio Macbeth.

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