We reported earlier here that a map of Middle-earth, annotated by J.R.R. Tolkien while working with Pauline Baynes was to go on display at the Bodleian Libraries. Well, that day was today! However, it proved to be so popular that they added one more day and will also have it on display tomorrow, Friday, June 24. So, if you’re anywhere near the area, you still have a chance to catch it. According to the Bodleian website, the map was a working document that Tolkien and acclaimed illustrator Pauline Baynes both annotated in 1969 when Baynes was commissioned to produce a poster map of Middle-earth. The map will be on display from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Admission is free.
This fascinating exhibition focuses on Tolkien’s time in Staffordshire during the First World War. It will include ‘Original artwork, of domestic scenes and landscapes, which has not returned to Staffordshire since it left with Tolkien in 1918 … [as well as] photographs specially loaned by The Tolkien Estate and Bodleian Library.’
The website ‘The Great War Staffordshire’ tells us:
‘During the Great War Second Lieutenant J. R. R. Tolkien of the Lancashire Fusiliers was stationed in Staffordshire, first at Whittington Heath, near Lichfield, next at a musketry camp at Newcastle-under-Lyme, then at Rugeley and Brocton Camps on Cannock Chase. After his marriage in March 1916 Tolkien’s wife came to live in Great Haywood so that she could be close to him. Tolkien regularly visited Edith in the village until he was posted to France in June 1916.
Tolkien returned to Great Haywood in early December 1916 to recover from his traumatic experiences at the Somme. He lived with Edith in a cottage there until late February 1917 and during this time created his first mythological stories, in part inspired by Staffordshire landscapes and experiences.
After a brief posting to East Yorkshire, Tolkien returned to Staffordshire in 1918 and lived in a cottage at Gipsy Green, Teddesley Park, near Penkridge, where other important work was undertaken.’
Find out more about the exhibition here. Be sure to let us know if you’re able to go along – we’d love to hear more about the exhibition!
Artist John Cockshaw — whose fabulous art we’ve profiled here before — writes to tell us of his latest Tolkien-inspired Art exhibition that launches this Saturday (February 27) in North Yorkshire in the UK.
The exhibition, titled “Dales of a Perilous Realm”, will run at Mill Bridge Gallery in the scenic Yorkshire Dales town of Skipton until until April 9.
A dynamic and conceptual exhibition of Art inspired by the writing of JRR Tolkien opens in the Northern UK City of Sheffield for the duration of September.
Hey all, MrCere here. We have a friend in Italy who has been great at promoting some J.R.R. Tolkien related stuff and has been also providing TheOneRing content and ways to reach readers and Tolkienites in Europe.
Gabriele Marconi sent in the following info, I think, with the idea that I could shape a post for TORn from it. Instead, I love his energy and style so and am presenting the info as he provided. It is long compared to many posts, but there is a lot of useful info. And, if this doesn’t want to make you go to Milan, you might not be a Tolkien fan. This is an astounding collection of art with all the names you hope might be included. Anyway, go read!:
Fans in Ripon North Yorkshire have a special treat coming up. As well as seeing the final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, they can see some wonderful artwork inspired by the writing of JRR Tolkien. Artist John Cockshaw is presenting an Exhibition of Art Inspired by the Works of JRR Tolkien at the Art Cinema, Curzon Ripon.
With excitement for the final Middle-earth film reaching fever-pitch along with a bittersweet feeling of having to say farewell John decided, as a fan and artist, he had to act decisively. Opening on the 12th December with a preview is an exhibition of Tolkien artists he will be curating at the Curzon cinema venue in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Along with a selection of his own Middle-earth art, the show will feature the work of renowned Canadian Artist Ted Nasmith and the amazing graphite work of Polish Artist Katarzyna Chmiel-Gugulska. It will coincide with the screening of The Hobbit at this regional venue but also use the opportunity as a platform to showcase a thought-provoking diversity of interpreting JRR Tolkien’s writing. The exhibition also arose out of his longing to create a high-profile Tolkien-related event in his home area…because you can never really celebrate Tolkien enough right? The exhibition, after the preview evening, will run from Saturday 13th December until Saturday 31st January.
For more information click here.