‘JRR Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript’ opens August 19 at the Haggerty Museum of Art

‘JRR Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript’, an exhibition of manuscripts by renowned author and artist JRR Tolkien, best known for his literary classics ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’, opens Friday, August 19. and runs through Friday, December 23 at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, 1234 W. Tory Hill St.

Tickets are on sale now. Friends of Haggerty Museum of Art members, K-12 educators, children 17 and under, and Marquette University students, faculty, and staff are free with advance reservations and a valid ID. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. citizens and serving members of the US military. A series of lectures and additional programming have been announced in May. All lectures and programs are free.

The Haggerty Museum of Art and Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Libraries are partnering to present “JRR Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript“, the foundation of which will be Marquette’s extensive collection of Tolkien manuscripts housed within the Department of Special Collections and from the university archives of the library. The exhibition will also include material borrowed from other repositories, including a significant number of Tolkien manuscripts and works of art from the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford.

The exhibition will include 147 objects, many of which have never been exhibited or published before. The co-curators are Dr. William Fliss, Curator of the JRR Tolkien Collection in Marquette’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives, and Dr. Sarah Schaefer, Assistant Professor of Art History at UWM.

The collection of works by JRR Tolkien housed at Raynor Libraries includes the original manuscripts and several working drafts for three of the author’s most famous books, “The Hobbit”, “The Lord of the Rings” and “Farmer Giles of Ham”, as well as the original copy of the children’s book “Mr. Happiness.” The collection also includes books by and about Tolkien, periodicals produced by Tolkien enthusiasts, audio and video recordings, and a wealth of published and unpublished material relating to Tolkien’s life, fantasy writings, and fandom. which arose around his collected writings on Middle-earth.

The Haggerty Museum of Art connects people – on campus, in the community and around the world – to art, ideas and each other. Through inclusive programming, the museum uses the interdisciplinary lens of art to cultivate knowledge, insight, understanding, and belonging, all in service of Marquette University’s commitment to the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—take care of the whole person.

Raynor Memorial Libraries provide access not only to vast collections of recorded knowledge, but also to services, expertise, technology and collaborative spaces in support of the teaching, research and service mission of the university.

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