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.
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.