The J.R.R. Tolkien Manuscripts: Public Showings 2021

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 Fridays in 2021: 

September 24, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. (This showing has filled.)
October 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (This showing has filled.)
November 19, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. (This showing has filled.)

NOTE: These dates are tentative and subject to change based on developments in the ongoing pandemic and its impact on Marquette University.

These showings are open to members of the campus community and to the general public. The event consists of a show-and-tell style presentation conducted by the collection's curator (approximately one hour in length) followed by the opportunity for visitors to take a closer look at the manuscript selections. These showings are not suitable for children under the age of ten. No photography is permitted. Due to social distancing protocols, the number of attendees is limited.

Please contact William Fliss, Archivist, by e-mail to register in advance for one of these events.


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