J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend

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

J.R.R. 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.

"J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend" was the first large exhibition focused on Tolkien. In this exhibition 250 items were 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 | edit source]

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

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A J.R.R. Tolkien book guide
Books by or mainly by Tolkien
On Arda Authored 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 Adventures of Tom Bombadil · 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 on Arda Short stories
and others
Leaf by Niggle · Farmer Giles of Ham · Smith of Wootton Major · Letters from Father Christmas ·
Mr. Bliss · Roverandom · Tree and Leaf (compilation) · Tales from the Perilous Realm (compilation)
Fictional works 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 · The Old English Exodus · Finn and Hengest ·
The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays · Beowulf and the Critics · Tolkien On Fairy-stories ·
Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary · A Secret Vice · The Battle of Maldon
Letters & poems The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien · The Collected Poems of J.R.R. Tolkien
academic works
A Middle English Vocabulary · Sir Gawain and the Green Knight · Ancrene Wisse
Books by other authors
Books on Arda The Complete Guide to Middle-earth · The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion ·
The Maps of Middle-earth
Tolkien biographies J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography · The Inklings · Tolkien and the Great War
Scholarly books The Road to Middle-earth · The Keys of Middle-earth · The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide ·
The Ring of Words · A Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien · Tolkien's Lost Chaucer · Tolkien's Library · Tolkien on Chaucer, 1913-1959
Scholarly journals Tolkien Studies · (The Chronology)
Other works by Tolkien
Linguistic journals Vinyar Tengwar various issues · Parma Eldalamberon issue 11-22
Collections of artwork
and manuscripts
Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien · J.R.R. 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 is only a selection, for a fuller bibliography of Tolkien see here or here. See also a timeline and an index.