Fans of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien can check out a new exhibition about his manuscripts, and you can see some of the highlights here.
Two institutions at Marquette University – the Haggerty Museum of Art and Raynor Memorial Libraries – are partnering to present “J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript,” the foundation of which will be Marquette’s extensive collection of Tolkien manuscripts housed within the library’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives. The exhibition will also include items borrowed from other repositories, including a significant number of Tolkien manuscripts and artwork from the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford.
The exhibition will include 147 items, many that have not been previously exhibited or published. The co-curators are Dr. William Fliss, curator of the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection in Marquette’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives, and Dr. Sarah Schaefer, assistant professor of art history at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The collection of work by J.R.R. Tolkien housed at Raynor Libraries includes the original manuscripts and multiple working drafts for three of the author’s most celebrated books, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Farmer Giles of Ham, as well as the original copy of the children’s book Mr. Bliss. The collection also includes books by and about Tolkien, periodicals produced by Tolkien enthusiasts, audio and video recordings, and a host of published and unpublished materials relating to Tolkien’s life, fantasy writings and the fandom that sprang up around his collected writings on Middle-earth.
Marquette University is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The exhibition, which began on August 19th, will run through December 23rd at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Please visit the museum’s website for more details.
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