1 JUNE – 28 OCTOBER 2018

The Bodleian Libraries’ summer 2018 exhibition revealed the life and worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth explored Tolkien’s legacy, from his genius as an artist, poet, linguist, and author to his academic career and private life.

Items from the exhibition will move to the Morgan Library, New York City, 25 January – 19 May 2019, and then to the
Bibliothèque nationale de France in late 2019.

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.

“I am more inspired than ever by the scope of [Tolkien’s] creation.”

Samantha Shannon, The Guardian


The Telegraph

“The Bodleian gives us what we want: the man and the writer”

The Spectator

Visit the Weston Library


Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG


Opening hours:
8.30am – 5pm Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm Sat, 11am – 5pm Sun
(exhibitions open at 10am)

Weston Library

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