J.R.R. TolkienOur friend Matt Blessing from Marquette University sends a reminder that the exhibit, “The Beginnings of a Masterpiece: Original Manuscripts from The Fellowship of the Ring ” is still running at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan. Many of us attended the exhibit during the Radio City Concert weekend and highly recommend taking the time to see it if you live, or are in, the area. Items in the exhibit include Tolkien’s notes on cycles of the moon on the back of an Oxford air raid report and several color drafts of the last page of the book of Mazarbul, showing the progression of Tolkien’s vision of how it would look. Sadly, his illustrations never made it into the book due to the added expense. Many more fascinating items round out the exhibit from which it will be difficult to tear yourself away.

The exhibit will be open to off-campus visitors through November 19. Hours are between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.  All visitors will be asked to show a valid photo ID to enter the Lowenstein Building and the Quinn Library.  The Lowenstein Building is located at 113 West 60th Street in Manhattan.