Dear Friends of Lewis and Tolkien,
The Morgan Library in New York City is hosting an exhibition of the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien, the most thorough of its kind in decades. https://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/tolkien. I had the great privilege of seeing the Tolkien exhibit at Oxford University, while doing some research for our film series, “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War.” The exhibit draws attention to Tolkien’s war experience, as well as his lifelong friendship with C.S. Lewis.
It is truly remarkable to get a glimpse into the development of Tolkien’s creative imagination, not only his published and unpublished manuscripts, but also his beautiful artwork. One of the great strengths of the exhibit is that it places Tolkien in the full context of his life: his role as son, soldier, scholar, tutor, author, husband, father, and friend. My review appears in National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/art-review-maker-of-middle-earth-showcases-tolkien-in-gorgeous-detail/#slide-1
It was Tolkien’s friendship with Lewis, I believe, which played a dynamic and decisive role in both their lives—and which is one of the major themes of our film project. Stay tuned!
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