Tolkien: Life and Legend

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Tolkien: Life and Legend
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AuthorJudith Priestman
IllustratorJ.R.R. Tolkien
PublisherBodleian Library, Oxford
FormatPaperback exhibition catalogue

Tolkien: Life and Legend is the catalogue of the 1992 centenary exhibition held by the Bodleian Library, Oxford, to commemorate the centenary of the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien.

"Tolkien: Life and Legend" in 1992 was the first largest exhibition focused on Tolkien. In this exhibition 250 items are listed in the catalogue, with almost all coming from the Bodleian archives — a few were donated by Tolkien's publisher HarperCollins, and a small number from Corpus Christi College and Exeter College from Tolkien's time there.[1]

This catalogue lists, describes, and gives background on the items displayed during the exhibition. It reproduces a large selection of artwork, photographs, maps, manuscript pages, annotations, letters, and other momentos in both colour and black & white.

A few examples are: the cover of Ye Chequers Clubbe Binge[2], of Exeter College Smoker[3], a page from Book of the Foxrook.[4]

Table of content[edit]

The catalogue was published with a poster
  • Introduction
  • Catalogue
    • Family and Early Life (item 1-15)
    • Schooldays and Oxford (item 16-45)
    • War (item 46-61)
    • Lexicography and Leeds (item 62-86)
    • 'Mr. Baggins' (item 87-146)
    • The Lord of the Rings (item 147-191)
    • The Silmarillion (item 192-223)
    • Academic Life (item 224-232)
    • Last Years (item 233-250)
  • Afterword

See also[edit]


  1. Historical context of the 2018 Bodleian Exhibition (accessed 11 June 2022)
  2. "Chequers Clubbe Binge. 1914", (accessed 13 February 2012)
  3. "Chequers Clubbe Binge. 1914", (accessed 13 February 2012)
  4. Arden R. Smith, Patrick Wynne, "Tolkien and Esperanto", in SEVEN, Volume 17, p. 29
A J.R.R. Tolkien book guide
Books by Tolkien or based on his writings
Of Arda Authorized by
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit · The Lord of the Rings
(i.The Fellowship of the Ring · ii.The Two Towers · iii.The Return of the King) ·
The Road Goes Ever On · Bilbo's Last Song
Edited by Christopher Tolkien The Silmarillion · Unfinished Tales · The History of Middle-earth series
(i.The Book of Lost Tales: Part One · ii.The Book of Lost Tales: Part Two · iii.The Lays of Beleriand ·
iv.The Shaping of Middle-earth · v.The Lost Road and Other Writings · vi.The Return of the Shadow ·
vii.The Treason of Isengard · viii.The War of the Ring · ix.Sauron Defeated · x.Morgoth's Ring ·
xi.The War of the Jewels · xii.The Peoples of Middle-earth · Index) ·
The Children of Húrin · Beren and Lúthien · The Fall of Gondolin
Edited by others The Annotated Hobbit · The History of The Hobbit · The Nature of Middle-earth · The Fall of Númenor
Not of Arda Short stories
and poems
Leaf by Niggle · Farmer Giles of Ham · Smith of Wootton Major · The Adventures of Tom Bombadil ·
Letters from Father Christmas · Mr. Bliss · Roverandom ·
Tree and Leaf (compilation) · Tales from the Perilous Realm (compilation)
Fictions The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún · The Fall of Arthur · The Story of Kullervo · The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
Translations and academic works Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo · Finn and Hengest ·
Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary · The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays ·
Tolkien On Fairy-stories · A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages · The Battle of Maldon
Other The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Books by other authors
Reference book The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
Scholarly books with Tolkien's writings J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography · The Inklings · The Road to Middle-earth ·
A Question of Time · Tolkien and the Great War ·
The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion · The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide
Scholarly journal with Tolkien's writings Tolkien Studies various issues
Other published works by Tolkien
Linguistic journals Vinyar Tengwar issue 1-50 · Parma Eldalamberon issue 11-22
Collections of artwork
and manuscripts
Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien · Tolkien: Life and Legend · J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator ·
The Art of The Hobbit · The Art of The Lord of the Rings · Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth ·
Tolkien: Treasures · J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript
This list only includes the major published works, for the full bibliography of Tolkien, see here or here