A collection of British fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien's original drawings and illustrations will be rare in the US this month. As reported in AM New York works from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries will travel across the pond to New York City, where they will be featured in The Morgan Library & Museum from January. From May 25 to 12, 2019, visitors to the exhibition "Tolkien: Makers of Middle-earth" can read the manuscripts, hand-drawn maps of Middle-earth, and original drawings of the dragon Smaug (from The Hobbit ), Sauron's Dark Tower Barad-dûr (described in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion ) and other recognizable characters. There are also rarely seen children's photos by Tolkien, who celebrated his 1
"The Morgan exhibition is your only opportunity to see JRR Tolkien's largest collection of original drawings in America, manuscripts and maps," says Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library, in a video promoting the exhibition.
It's not just about art. Tolkien's design manuscripts provide insight into his creative process and the living, expansive worlds he has created. "We get a glimpse of the story's origins, such as changing the wizard's name in Gandalf or suddenly coming up with the idea of the One Ring," says library curator John McQuillen AM New York .
In addition to articles from the Bodleian Libraries, the Morgan also borrowed works from the Marquette University Libraries in Milwaukee and private lenders. A total of 117 items are displayed. The exhibition usually costs US $ 20, but is free on Fridays from 19:00 to 21:00.
If you can not come to New York in this exhibition, you will find some illustrations of Tolkien in the book of the Bodleian Libraries of the same name, Tolkien: Makers of Middle-earth . Hardcover copies are available at Amazon for $ 29.  [h/t AM New York]