J.R.R. Tolkien Revealed at the Morgan Library & Museum

25 January–12 May 2019 | New York
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973) emerges as a Renaissance man in the exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth – now on view at the Morgan Library & Museum – the most comprehensive display ever mounted of the English author's oeuvre. The all-encompassing show presents a panoply of Tolkien’s creations, including the novelist’s seldom seen illustrations.

J.R.R. Tolkien in his study, ca. 1937, black and white photograph. Tolkien Trust, MS. Tolkien photogr. 5, fol. 94. © The Tolkien Trust 2015.

Tolkien's illustrations provide an intimate window into Middle-earth, as the pieces unlock Tolkien's artistic vision for the locales of his celebrated works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The artworks are presented alongside biographical materials in Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth, examples being documentary photographs, manuscripts, and drafted maps. At the Morgan, discover the life and art of a visionary. Preview highlights above.

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J.R.R. Tolkien Revealed at the Morgan Library & Museum