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Since the late 1950s, Marquette Libraries' Department of Special Collections has been home to the original manuscripts of J. R. R. Tolkien's beloved classics, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The department will conduct a public showing of selected original manuscripts from the collection on the following Friday afternoons through the end of 2014. These showings are open to members of the campus community and to the general public. They are not suitable for children under the age of ten. No reservations are necessary. No photography is permitted.

January 17, 2014

March 7, 2014

May 16, 2014

July 11, 2014

September 12, 2014

November 21, 2014

All presentations will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Prucha Archives Reading Room (3rd floor, Raynor Library) and will run approximately 45 minutes. Please address any questions to William Fliss, Archivist by e-mail or phone (288-5906).


J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

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