Marquette University News Release

‘Art of The Hobbit’ authors to speak at Marquette

November 5, 2012

Event Information
Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: John P. Raynor, S.J., Memorial Library
Beaumier Suites, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.

MILWAUKEE – To continue Marquette’s year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit’s publication, J.R.R. Tolkien scholars Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull will present, “J.R.R. Tolkien and the Art of Middle-Earth.”

The free, public event will be held in the lower level of the John P. Raynor, S.J., Memorial Library, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave., in the Beaumier Suites. Registration is recommended because space is limited, and can be done by calling (414) 288-7256.

While many people are aware of Tolkien as a great writer, he was also an accomplished artist and illustrated the original editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Hammond and Scull, authors of J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator and The Art of the Hobbit, will share an engaging slide-show presentation sharing how Tolkien envisioned Middle-Earth.

Marquette has one of the most extensive J.R.R. Tolkien collections, which includes an original watercolor rendering by Tolkien of the dust cover for The Hobbit and Thror’s map. Obtained directly from the author in the late 1950s, Marquette’s collection includes multiple working drafts for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, along with the original copy of his children’s book Mr. Bliss, which he also illustrated.
The collection has grown over the years and now includes books by and about Tolkien, periodicals produced by Tolkien enthusiasts, audio and video recordings, and a host of published and unpublished materials relating to Tolkien’s life and fantasy writings.

Other upcoming events include a viewing of selected original manuscripts from the collection on Friday, Nov. 16 and a roundtable discussion about Peter Jackson’s cinematic interpretation of The Hobbit, Thursday, Feb. 21. Details are available online.

The manuscripts are housed in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives located on the third floor of the John P. Raynor, S.J., Library. A permanent exhibit about the collection, including selected reproductions from the manuscripts, is located in the archives reading room. Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during the department’s normal hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is made possible by the Tolkien Archives Fund established by the late Richard G. Blackwelder and augmented by a generous donation from Trustee Emerita Mercedes Hurley Hughes.

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