An illuminated map of J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional land Middle-earth is seen the exhibition "Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth," at Weston Library, part of Oxford's Bodleian Library, May 31, 2018.
Photo Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
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The University of Oxford has unveiled a "once-in-a-generation" exhibition of materials related to "The Lord of the Rings" author J. R. R. Tolkien, featuring previously unseen objects from several countries.Some of the exhibits are returning to Oxford – where Tolkien spent most of his adult life – for the first time since his death in the historic English city in 1973 . Among the centerpieces of the exhibition are some loans – rare draft manuscripts and exquisite illustrations for "The Hobbit" (Tolkien's breakthrough, published in 1937) and his 1954 follow-up "The Lord of the Rings".The displays, which also include his own stunning draft book jacket designs for the works, were borrowed from Marquette University, a Catholic institution in the U.S., which acquired them from Tolkien in the late 1950s.
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