The J.R.R. Tolkien Manuscripts: Public Showings 2024

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.

Because of the manuscripts' fragility and value, they are not available for private viewing or study.

In 2024 the public will have two opportunities to view selected original manuscripts from Marquette's collection.

Friday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m.

These showings coincide roughly with Tolkien Reading Day and Hobbit Day. They will take place in the conference center on the lower level of Raynor Library. Each showing begins with a presentation by the collection's curator. Ample time will follow for attendees to view the manuscripts on display.

The events are free.

Attendance at each event is limited to 50 persons. Advance registration is required.The events are not recommended for children under eight years of age.  


Click and Register for the event on September 20, 2024 (currently waitlisted)


William Fliss, Archivist, e-mail

JRR Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien