Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

Bodleian Library

1 June – 28 October 2018

Get to know the creator of Middle Earth as never before in this in-depth exhibition exploring JRR Tolkien’s creative genius.

Hobbit Dust Jacket

Now best known for his books, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Tolkien was also a scholar of Old and Middle English, a philologist and a devoted family man who invented stories for his children.

This exhibition brings together for the first time since the 1950s, a huge selection of manuscripts, artwork, maps, letters and artefacts, drawn from collections in the UK and USA, and offers visitors the chance to discover new insights on the life and work of this much loved author. Highlights include drafts and original manuscripts of his books, photos and letters from his younger days, personal objects such as his art materials and library, and a specially commissioned 3D map of Middle Earth.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sat, 9am – 5pm

Sun, 11am - 5pm

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