J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript

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J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript
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AuthorWilliam M. Fliss, Sarah C. Schaefer, and others
IllustratorJ.R.R. Tolkien (manuscripts and artwork)
PublisherHaggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University
Released2022
FormatHardcover; paperback
Pages196
ISBN9780945366355

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript is an exhibition catalogue which accompanies an 2022 exhibition of the same name.

The exhibition is held between August 19 - December 23, 2022, organized collaboratively by Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Haggerty Museum of Art, curated by William M. Fliss, the Tolkien Archivist in Marquette, and Sarah C. Schaefer.

The book reproduces the complete object list in color, including 147 items both from Marquette's collection and from other repositories, many of which have never been exhibited or published. It also includes introductory essays by the curators.[1][2]

Contents[edit]

  • Director's Foreword
  • The Art of the Manuscript
  • Introduction
  • Tolkien and the Manuscript Tradition: A Re-Collation
  • A Journey down the Great River of Wilderland:
    Mapping the Manuscripts for The Lord of the Rings
  • Plates
    1. Rooted Works
    2. Records of Ancient Days
    3. Fair Letters
    4. Old Times and Distant Lands
    5. Glimpsing Other-worlds
  • Selected Bibliography

From the publisher[edit]

Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Haggerty Museum of Art collaboratively present this exhibition focused on the work of celebrated author and artist J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), best known for his literary classics The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The exhibition considers Tolkien’s work through the lens of manuscripts, in terms of both the materials that Tolkien studied as a medieval philologist and the manuscripts that he created while developing his collected writings on Middle-earth. Professor Tolkien was deeply immersed in the complexities of manuscripts, and this exhibition will illustrate how different aspects of the manuscript tradition found expression within Tolkien’s scholarly life and in his creative writing.
Founded on Marquette's J.R.R. Tolkien Collection, the exhibition also includes items borrowed from other repositories, including a significant number of Tolkien manuscripts and artwork from the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. Many of the 147 items in the exhibition have not previously been exhibited or published.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 196-page hardbound catalogue that reproduces the complete object list, and includes introductory essays by exhibition co-curators William M. Fliss, PhD and Sarah C. Schaefer, PhD.

Publication history and gallery[edit]

A second paperback edition was released which includes a new foreword "The Art of the Manuscript" by Simon Tolkien.

First edition hardcover  
Second edition paperback  

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References

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