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Manuscripts do not a museum make

Kristin Thompson
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Feb 2 2013, 3:13pm


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Manuscripts do not a museum make [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for all the information, geordie! There is, of course, a huge amount of manuscript material, but just putting pages and pages of them on a wall doesn't in itself make for an interesting museum. People don't want to go slowly around reading pages, especially given JRRT's notoriously difficult handwriting. Plus with The History of Middle-earth volumes available, one can read many of the drafts and get Christopher's comments as well.

Marquette University occasionally mounts exhibitions of Tolkien's work. There they use the drawings and paintings, of course, but also pages of manuscripts where Tolkien sketched in little maps or views, presumably to guide his writing of descriptions. But even these exhibitions are rather small.

Apart from the Bodleian catalog that you mentioned (and which occasionally shows up on eBay), there are two Marquette publications: J. R. R. Tolkien: The Hobbit: Drawings, Watercolors, and Manuscripts (1987, from the exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the book's publication) and The Invented World of J. R. R. Tolkien: Drawings and Original Manuscripts from the Marquette University Collection (2004). The 1987 exhibition was supplemented by loans from the Bodleian.

The 2004 catalogue contains one of my favorite Tolkien manuscript items: the "Synoptic Time-Scheme," p. 36, which is a chart Tolkien created to synchronize the activities of March 13 to 17. It includes columns for Enemies, Men and Allies, Aragorn, and Frodo and Sam and is neatly written with blue and red ink (with revisions).

Anyway, the Trust putting money (and it must be a considerable amount) into digitizing the vast quantity of manuscripts and providing a dedicated Tolkien curator is exactly what is needed. The material belongs in an archive, not a museum.

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    Anecdotal evidence arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Feb 1 2013, 1:41pm
        What do you think about the idea imin Send a private message to imin Feb 1 2013, 1:48pm
    Here's a link, Imin. ShireHorse Send a private message to ShireHorse Feb 1 2013, 1:46pm
        Thanks imin Send a private message to imin Feb 1 2013, 1:50pm
            Speaking of Oxford.... ShireHorse Send a private message to ShireHorse Feb 1 2013, 1:57pm
    I saw that.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Feb 1 2013, 1:59pm
        Not gonna bother now Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Feb 1 2013, 2:06pm
        Why would that be bizarre? imin Send a private message to imin Feb 1 2013, 2:11pm
            Bizarre? dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Feb 1 2013, 3:48pm
                They are getting that money anyway imin Send a private message to imin Feb 1 2013, 3:55pm
                    Fair enough dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Feb 1 2013, 3:56pm
        wel said dormouse! andwise Send a private message to andwise Feb 1 2013, 8:34pm
        Agreed. Dissapointing how, to whom, and from what perspective? I AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Feb 2 2013, 3:28am
        I had the same reaction to that opening line ... "let's be honest ... " ... Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Feb 3 2013, 4:59pm
    Aren't people taking these movies WAAAAY too seriously? bborchar Send a private message to bborchar Feb 1 2013, 2:14pm
        It is too serious imin Send a private message to imin Feb 1 2013, 2:54pm
            As far as CT is concerned... bborchar Send a private message to bborchar Feb 1 2013, 3:19pm
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                    Exactly first world problems :) bborchar Send a private message to bborchar Feb 1 2013, 3:53pm
                        You know what i think that is kinda what it is for me imin Send a private message to imin Feb 1 2013, 3:59pm
                            It does end eventually Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Feb 1 2013, 4:16pm
                                For me... bborchar Send a private message to bborchar Feb 1 2013, 4:40pm
                                    I understand that Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Feb 1 2013, 5:04pm
                                    Try the BBC Lusitano Send a private message to Lusitano Feb 1 2013, 5:42pm
                            Imin... Unlikely Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Feb 1 2013, 4:18pm
                                Cheers Bomby and Elessar :) imin Send a private message to imin Feb 1 2013, 4:44pm
                                    Cheers Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Feb 1 2013, 5:11pm
                    You know. . . you'd be surprised. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Feb 2 2013, 3:57am
                        I have noticed the same. Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Feb 3 2013, 4:57pm
                very well put.. andwise Send a private message to andwise Feb 1 2013, 8:47pm
    We have our own Tolkien culture Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Feb 1 2013, 3:46pm
    I was quite puzzled Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Feb 1 2013, 4:28pm
        Solution? Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Feb 1 2013, 4:39pm
        I agree - geordie Send a private message to geordie Feb 2 2013, 10:41am
            Manuscripts do not a museum make Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Feb 2 2013, 3:13pm
                True dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Feb 2 2013, 3:55pm
                True enough - geordie Send a private message to geordie Feb 2 2013, 5:53pm
    Harm? *snorts* No... not at all Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Feb 1 2013, 6:52pm
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    To be frank Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Feb 1 2013, 7:18pm
    Adaption verses Re-imagining Michelle Johnston Feb 1 2013, 9:11pm
        Should we listen to Critics IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Feb 1 2013, 9:37pm
    How is this any different from what happened in the 1960s? Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Feb 1 2013, 9:53pm
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    I'm just going to repeat what others have said... Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Feb 2 2013, 4:44am
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