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geordie
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Feb 2 2013, 10:41am


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I don't put much stock in this article; it reads more like a blog entry, or at best an opinion piece, to be agreed with or not.

There is, AFAIK, no talk of the Marquette manuscripts coming back to the UK. Why should they be? (Indeed, Christopher sent more material to Marquette whilst he was going through his father's papers). I think this idea is mere wishful thinking on the part of the author of the article. (One of my own ambitions is to visit Marquette one of these days).

As for the idea of a museum - once again, I think this is wishful thinking - folk on the internet seem happy to come up with suggestions on how others (in this case the Tolkien family) - 'ought' to be spending their time and / or disposing of their property. The family are no more museum-keepers than they are movie-makers. At the time of JRR's death Christopher was teaching at Oxford. The property where he and his family lived at the time had a barn, into which all of Tolkien's papers, diaries, books etc, were bestowed for Christopher to sort through and work on. This is where The Silmarillion as published took shape; and, I guess, probably several other projects too; such as Humphrey Carpenter's biography of Tolkien. Guy Kay gave an image of this workspace in a talk at Cheltenham many years ago. There was a long table in the middle of the floor of the barn, and against the walls were ranks of filing cabinets full of material, with boxfiles on top. A lot of stuff.

Maybe not enough to fill a museum; but to give an idea of the volume of material: Christopher didn't keep everything - for example he sold off a selection of off-prints of scholarly works which Tolkien's colleagues had presented to him over the years. These are mainly philolological; some bore his father's ownership signature. Some carried Tolkien's marginal notes. These are of great interest to collectors. From what I can tell, there were a couple of hundred of these items in the second-hand market at one time. And that is just a small part of the tolkien legacy.

Anyway; rather than set up and run a dedicated museum - (which, while it may sound to some like a kewl idea, sounds bloody impractical to me) - Christopher deposited a great part of his father's writings at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. This seems logical; given his own and his father's connections with the University of Oxford. The Tolkien Trust has set aside funds for the conservation and digital photographing of the material, which is still an ongoing project as far as I can tell; and also a fund for a curatorial position within the library itself.

Contrary to what newspapers tell us occassionally, there are no 'lost' Tolkien papers in the Bod. waiting to be found - everything is catalogued, as scholars such as Drout, and Lee & Solopova can attest.

And the family have granted permission for the Library to hold exhibitions of their Tolkien holdings, too. The largest of these was in 1992, to commemorate the centenary of Tolkien's birth. This exhibition filled the whole of the Bodleian's exhibition space; the accompanying catalogue lists 248 items (many of which are reproduced). The catalogue itself is a good sized paperback book; it's called 'JRR Tolkien: Life and Legend', and is well worth seeking out on the second hand books market.
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(This post was edited by geordie on Feb 2 2013, 10:48am)

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    Good and bad stoutfiles Send a private message to stoutfiles Feb 1 2013, 1:34pm
    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
                It's called first world problems, lol imin Send a private message to imin Feb 1 2013, 3:35pm
                    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
    This article lost all credibility Lindele Send a private message to Lindele Feb 1 2013, 7:05pm
    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
        Things change hutch Send a private message to hutch Feb 2 2013, 2:45am
    I'm just going to repeat what others have said... Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Feb 2 2013, 4:44am
    I bought a friend the Children of Hurin for their birthday because they liked AUJ. Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Feb 3 2013, 5:04pm

 
 
 

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