Middle-earth in Paris

From October 22 to February 16, a portal to Middle-earth is set up along the Seine. The BnF – French national Library – is hosting one of the largest exhibitions about Tolkien ever. It is the first time this institution celebrates a foreign writer, and, as its director told the first lucky visitors (among which I was), they didn’t choose Shakespeare, Goethe, Dante or Cervantes. They chose Tolkien.

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Tolkien2019, a long-expected report – Day Five

Even the best things have to end, and it was finally time for a last morning of conferences. I treated myself to a workshop in the first part of the morning, because talks on Tolkien and politics or religion, though interesting, would not help directly my thesis, before the last two talks.

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Tolkien2019, a long-expected report – Day Two

Day Two started at 9.00 with a missed opportunity: one of the talks I was most excited about (“Clothing in Tolkien’s world and what we can see through its historical analysis” by Ester Torredelforth) was scheduled in one of the smaller rooms and when I arrived it was already full to the brim. I took my frustration upstairs to the Dealers’ Room where I found a pristine copy of one of the last books I needed to buy for my thesis: Tales from the Perilous Realm illustrated by Alan Lee, a beautiful HarperCollins volume with pencil drawings throughout, some of them full-page.

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