Tolkien, the compelling exhibition at Paris BnF - pictures

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Published by Elodie D., Rizhlaine F. · Photos by Elodie D. · Published on 13 December 2019 at 21h52
J.R.R. Tolkien fans can smile! The Bibliothèque Nationale de France has announced an immersive retrospective around Tolkien’s work, famous for creating – among others – the Hobbit universe. Meet from October 22, 2019 to February 16, 2020.

The "Tolkien, voyage en Terre du Milieu" [Tolkien, A Journey to Middle Earth] exhibition - running from October 22, 2019 to February 16, 2020 at the BNF aims at making fans discover more about the universe of the British writer, a huge genius of his time.

This exhibition– said to be the greatest French retrospective dedicate to J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) unveils about 300 pieces covering 1000sqm and thought up as "an invitation to travel to the heart of Tolkien's imaginary geography"!

On the occasion, the BNF teamed up with the Tolkien Estate and the Tolkien family and joined forces with the Bodley library from the Oxford university that displayed the "JRR Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth" exhibition from June to October 2018.

Around Tolkien's many manuscripts, often illustrated by British drawer Alan Lee, the exhibition offers us to approach the universe created by the writter, from the landscapes to its peoples, to its languages, all invented by this language and medieval literature teaching at the Oxford university now known by everyone.

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The first part of the exhibition highlights a series of chapters, a sort of journey to Middle-Earth, from the Shire to the Mordor, then beyond, to Valinor. Each territory gives the occasion to approach litterary, cultural or even linguistical questions. Tolkien's original manuscripts and drawings, thoroughly calligraphed and illustrated with sketches and doodles are true masterpieces to see at least once in your life.

Accompanying them, and to underline nods to Tolkien, the BNF has gathered many objects and books: Nordic tales or medieval manuscripts, engravings, paintings, illuminations, items and weapons coming from Parisian museums.

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If the first part will likely please every Hobbit and Lords of the Ring fans, the presentation of poems, watercolors, work notes and tales of the writer unveil the depth of Tolkien's creation, a "world-work" that only demands to be known and studied by readers from all over the world.

Note that the exhibition exceptionally presents 4 tapestries recently made after Tolkien's watercolors by the Cité internationalde la tapisserie d'Aubusson!

So, happy?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 22 October 2019 to 16 February 2020



    Quai François Mauriac
    75013 Paris 13

    tarif réduit: €9
    tarif plein: €11

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    Horaires : 10h-19h du mardi au dimanche, nocturne les jeudi jusqu'à 21h

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