Guided tour of the « Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth » exhibition at the Oxford Weston Library

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On 1 June, the Oxford Weston Library opened a temporary exhibition about J.R.R. Tolkien. According to its title, “Maker of Middle-earth”, the focus is on the creation of Middle-earth, yet several display cases broaden the subject to present a global overview of the author’s life and work. Although the main room may not seem that large upon entering it, one can easily spend an hour and a half there given how captivating the works are. The ban on photograph adds to the visitor’s will to spend as much time as possible in front of the manuscripts and the original documents.

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Illustrating the dragon in Tolkien’s Hobbit: artistic agency and the reader’s reception

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This article is written for specialists of Tolkien’s texts but not necessarily of its illustrations. It is meant to be published in journals such as Mythlore, Tolkien Studies or the Journal of Tolkien research, exploring the literary dimension of Tolkien’s works. Readers of The Hobbit may be unfamiliar with some of the vocabulary coming from art history, but they are familiar with the question of reception, and I am hoping to show how illustrations may shed light on the artist’s reading of a text.

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Tolkien and illustration

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This academis blog follows the elaboration of my thesis under the supervision of Vincent Ferré and Isabelle Gadoin. « Artists in Middle-earth: from text to image » explores the numerous illustrations published in English-speaking countries, from the first edition of The Hobbit in 1937, illustrated by Tolkien himself, to The Fall of Gondolin illustrated by Alan Lee (2018).


Ce carnet de recherche suit l’élaboration de ma thèse au sein du LIS à l’université Paris-Est Créteil, sous la direction de Vincent Ferré et Isabelle Gadoin. « Des Artistes en Terre du Milieu : du texte à l’image » explore les nombreuses illustrations publiées dans les pays anglophones, de la première édition du Hobbit en 1937 illustrée par Tolkien lui-même, jusqu’à La Chute de Gondolin illustrée par Alan Lee (2018).