The creative genius of J.R.R Tolkien will be the focus of a major new exhibition opening at the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries in 2018.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth will explore the full breadth of Tolkien's unique literary imagination from his creation of Middle-earth, the imagined world where The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and his other works are set, to his life and work as an artist, poet, medievalist and scholar of languages.

Trotter edit:Sorry for the re-post, but will probably re-post again every few months, so that everyone who can attend, does

Hobbit dustjacket

Bilbo comes to the huts of the raft-elves

Image credits, top to bottom:

The Hobbit dust jacket, MS. Tolkien Drawings 32
© The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937

Bilbo comes to the huts of the Raft-elves, MS. Tolkien Drawings 29
© The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937