A Sneak Peek of The Morgan Library and Museum’s Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition

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January 23, 2019 by Anthony Burdge

Hail Fellowship,

We’re gearing up to kick off the 2019 New York City celebration of JRR Tolkien at The Morgan Library and Museum tomorrow January 24th, approximately 10am to 1030am!  The NY Tolkien Conference team will be posting pictures and commentary from the Press Preview of the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth Exhibition.  The following article provides you with links to follow along, and a small preview of a few pieces on display at The Morgan Library and Museum’s Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition.

The Morgan Library and Museum was kind enough to share the following images with us, plus details on each piece.

Dust jacket design for The Hobbit
[April 1937]
Pencil, black ink, watercolor, white bodycolor
204 x 381 mm
Bodleian Libraries, MS. Tolkien Drawings 32
#13 in The Hobbit Section





The Fire-writing
Red and black ink, pencil
254 x 203 mm
Tolkien Trust, MS. Tolkien Drawings 90, fol. 39r
#19 In The Lord of the Rings Section






The Book of Lost Tales
Lined exercise book, ‘The High School Exercise Book’
205 x 162 mm
Bodleian Libraries, MS. Tolkien S I/1, fol. 1a
J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973), The Book of Lost Tales, 1916-1917, © The Tolkien Estate Limited 2017




Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves
[July 1937]
Watercolor, pencil, white bodycolor
242 x 190 mm
Bodleian Libraries, MS. Tolkien Drawings 29






If you have the catalogue, for sale on the Morgan Library and Museum website, then it may interest you to know there are four pieces that are not in the catalogue and on display at The Morgan.



Typed letter signed to Naomi Mitchison (7 pages)

[Oxford], 25 April 1954

Paisley and abstract designs

[1960] Colored ballpoint, colored pencil, black ink

The Hobbit, or There and Back again

London: George Allen and Unwin

Autograph letter to Geoffrey E. Selby, 14 December 1937

December 14, 1937


For tomorrow’s visit to the exhibit here are links to our social media channels where you will be able to see pics and commentary as we take our first walkthrough.  Who knows, we may take our Facebook Conference page Live.

Twitter: @Heren Istarion

New York Tolkien Conference Facebook Page

New York Tolkien Conference Facebook Group

Whether you were able to make the trip to Oxford for the exhibition last year, or not, you could not miss all the great coverage from fans across the planet.

One of those fans who attended is our good friend Jeremy over at Tolkien Collector’s Guide who posted his multi-day trip report, which you can read here.

Click for Tolkien Guide’s Press coverage summary of Bodleian exhibition

Map of the Bodleian exhibit:

Be sure to check him out over on Twitter @TolkienGuide on Thursday as well, and follow for all his latest updates.


Sign up here for the Morgan’s email list to receive updates about the Tolkien exhibition and upcoming programming.

Stay tuned to Social Media Feeds for The Morgan Library and Museum and The New York Tolkien Conference for announcements concerning #TolkienWeekend2019




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