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Bodleian Library to release Tolkien book in 2018
The Radcliffe Camera, part of the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford

The Bodleian Library is set to release a book – Tolkien: The Maker of Middle-earth – next year to accompany a major Tolkien exhibition due to take place at the Library.

The exhibition, due to take place in June 2018, will feature an unparalleled collection of Tolkien manuscripts, letters, illustrations and other material from the Bodleian’s Archives. The Bodleian houses the majority of Tolkien’s archives, and many of the items have never before been publicly exhibited. The collection, and the accompanying book, has been described as “unprecedented” by Samuel Fanous, the Head of Publishing at the Bodleian.

Tolkien: The Maker of Middle-earth, to be published in the summer of 2018, will be written by Bodleian archivist Catherine McIlwaine and will provide a deeper insight into Tolkien as an author and creator. Known inclusions include never-before seen illustrations by Tolkien, manuscripts of and “letters from admirers including W H Auden, Joni Mitchell and Iris Murdoch”.

Original story: The Bookseller

About the Author: Shaun Gunner

Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.

  • Citizen David

    I’ve listened to the entire trilogy over & over for the past 15 years as done by Rob Inglis. Mr Inglis sings several songs as written in the books. Question: Did JRRT also compose the music?

    • Random Comments

      No, the tunes aren’t his. As far as I know, the only tune he actually wrote was one for “Namárië,” which can be found in Donald Swann’s “The Road Goes Ever On: A Song Cycle,” though he approved of the other tunes in that volume.