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Minerva - July/August 2018 Issue - Tom Shippey article

Minerva - July/August 2018 Issue - Tom Shippey article

Sep 26, 2018


Minerva Magazine - The International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology has an article in the July/August 2018 issue on Tolkien, written by Tom Shippey. The article is called "Lord of the runes", pp. 40-45, and it discussed is some detail the Anglo-Saxon roots of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It is a high quality glossy publication, so the reproductions of items from the Bodleian exhibit are quite good.

Illustrations present are:
1. Photograph of Tolkien on Oxford's Botanic Gardens from 9 August 1973
2. The final dustjacket design for The Hobbit (across the gutter, so somewhat obscured in part by the magazine binding)
3. Conversation with Smaug, full page reproduction
4. Typescript page of his prose translation of Beowulf with corrections
5. [Beowulf sample from a medieval manuscript, not by Tolkien]
6. Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves, three-quarter page reproduction
7. Parma mittarion design (small, one sixth page reproduction)
8. Photo of Tolkien aged 19, shortly before leaving King Edward School

While in honor of (and mentioning) the Bodleian exhibition, the article by Shippey itself does not discuss it at all, it is solely covering the Anglo-Saxon roots of Tolkien's stories - in line with the focus of Minerva on ancient arts and archaeology.

The website at lists booksellers and newsstands that carry the magazine worldwide.

Here in the USA each issue is priced at $10.50 at newsstands, if you can find it. The September issue is coming out now so it may be harder to locate.
Sep 27, 2018
One of my Twitter followers pointed out that you can download a digital copy of this magazine issue from

It is either $3.99 for a single issue, or free if you sign up for their gold service (seven day trial is free, monthly fee after that). I didn't look too closely into the terms and conditions, but the company itself is legitimate.
Sep 27, 2018
Thank you, that's great!!
Sep 28, 2018
Wonderful digital thingy, but would like to find the paper.
I forked out for the Illustration journal. It may have been worth it for the print quality and both articles are part of the Tolkien Maker file.

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Sep 28, 2018
I’ll be doing a small write up on the Illustration issue soon - thanks for the reminder!

I have an extra copy of Minerva if you need one. Also available from their website as a back issue for £5 plus shipping. Last I checked my local newsstand had a copy or two left as well.
Sep 29, 2018
Saturday may turn up local one. thank you.
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