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Tolkien part of new Bodleian ‘Marks of Genius’ exhibition

Tolkien’s original dust-jacket design for The Hobbit is currently on public display as part of the Bodleian Library’s ‘Marks of Genius’ exhibition.

It sits alongside other treasures of the Bodleian Library including a 1217 engrossment of Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Gutenberg Bible, and much more.

The exhibition aims to look “at ways in which attitudes towards genius are manifested in a number of remarkable books and manuscripts, and exploring how works of genius found in a university library can be acquired, collected and read.”

It is located in the newly-opened Weston Library (Broad Street, Oxford), which houses the Bodleian’s archival collections including a substantial amount of Tolkien’s papers. The exhibition will close 20 September 2015.

About the Author: Daniel Helen

Daniel is an Officer without Portfolio and Trustee of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2014, he is mainly responsible for the Society’s digital operations, including this website.


  • Andrew King

    Good to know

  • Love it – it’s a nicer book jacket than the one I have which basically has some weird 70s shapes & patterns

  • Chewbacca1066

    Awesome cover, I hope JRRT makes more of these, whether he’s dead or alive.

    • GeorgeTSLC

      There’s a book named J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator, ed. Hammond and Scull. I’m afraid the professor has been gone since 1973.