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Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth

5 June 2018

This summer many fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit will be wending their way on a voyage of discovery to Oxford to view the new exhibition of the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien at the Bodleian Library.  The exhibition leads visitors on a journey through Tolkien’s tremendously popular works of literature using draft manuscripts, and extraordinary illustrations and maps. There are also rare objects that belonged to Tolkein as well as exclusive fan mail, private letters, and early abstract paintings from The Book of Ishness. The exhibition runs from the 1 June to 28 October 2018.

Those of you who can’t make the journey to Oxford can pay homage to the revered author and scholar by immersing yourselves in the land of Middle Earth, through one of our audio books. As well as his most popular books The Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, we also have stories he wrote for his children, and biographies on his life in Oxford and his friendship with CS Lewis. See the list below for further details of what’s available.

Over forty years on from his death the popularity of Tolkien’s work continues to endure, and is still referenced in popular culture. Just recently The Silmarillion was featured for a few weeks in none other than the radio soap The Archers, when Lynda Snell read her husband Robert’s favourite Tolkien novel for the ‘Read Along with Lynda’ book club. Eventually Linda declares the book ‘unreadable’ and the whole drama ends with Robert’s precious copy being vandalised by a rampant Bichon Frise called Lady. You can listen to the full critique on the BBC’s Archers’ website, although you might like to listen to the audio book first.

Books by and about Tolkien:

The Fellowship of the Ring (5909)
The Two Towers (5977)
The Return of the King (6045)
The Silmarillion (504)
The Book of Lost Tales (5473)
The Children of Hurin (12387)

Books for children

The Hobbit (616923)
Farmer Giles of Ham (615398)
Letters from Father Christmas(617428)
Tales from the Perilous Realm (617441)   


The Oxford Inklings by Colin Duriez (11784)
CS Lewis by A.N. Wilson (3238)