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J.R.R. Tolkien Forty Years On

Exhibit: November 12, 2012 – January 7, 2013

inscription, Ring Verse, from The Lord of the Rings

The University Library hosts J.R.R. Tolkien Forty Years On exhibit thanks to the generosity of Beeson Divinity student Rebecca Poe Hays and her father, Dr. Hal Poe of Union University. The exhibit includes first editions in hardback and paperback (including pirated copies), movie posters, and other documentation related to Tolkien and his amazing world. Tolkien was a member of The Inklings, a group of literary-minded friends including C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Nevill Coghill, H.V.D. Dyson, and later, Tolkien's son Christopher.

There is also a photo slideshow, courtesy of Allan and Susan Hammack, from their visit to "The Shire" aka New Zealand, just prior to filming The Hobbit, to be released this December.

The exhibit is showcased on the first floor around the grand staircase.


Tolkien began with The Silmarillion while living in France during World War I, though it was not completed and published until after his death. This was the beginning of Middle Earth, which included the more famous The Hobbit, first published in 1937. A sequel, The Lord of the Rings, became so detailed and great, that it was unfinished until 1949 and was finally published in 1954-1955 in the three separate volumes we know today: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King.

We hope you enjoy this flight of fantasy and history.

Extended Closing date: January 7, 2013.

text by Marliese Thomas, User Engagement Librarian
Reference: Notes of Dr. Hal Poe, Union University


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