1 JUNE – 28 OCTOBER 2018

Journey into Tolkien’s worlds in this once-in-a-generation exhibition…

Wizards, elves, hobbits and creatures: the life and worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien are revealed in this unique exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. 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.

About the Bodleian

The Bodleian Libraries, the largest university library system in the United Kingdom, houses the largest collection of original Tolkien manuscripts and drawings in the world.

Who was Tolkien?

Writer and academic J.R.R. Tolkien spent most of his adult life in Oxford. He is renowned as the author of the classic works including The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

The Tolkien Trust

The Tolkien Trust, a charity established by Tolkien’s children, is a long-standing supporter of the Bodleian Libraries, especially in areas of its work which reflect Tolkien’s own literary and academic interests.

Plan your visit


Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG


1 June – 28 October 2018

Exhibition hours

Mon-Sat 10AM – 5PM
Sun 11AM – 5PM

Weston Library

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