Oxford Open Doors - Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

8 September 2018 11.00am 4.00pm


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (Map)


Weston Library Info Desk: 01865 277094


Oxford Open Doors at the Bodleian Libraries: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth.

Celebrate one of Oxford's most extraordinary writers with a day of fun drop-in activities exploring the imaginative and academic worlds of J.R.R.Tolkien.

Drop-in activities for all ages:

  • Make a rune wheel to decipher secret messages on maps
  • Meet Anglo-Saxon re-enactors to discover the material culture which inspired Tolkien's Riders of Rohan
  • Sketch scenes from Middle-earth
  • Invent your own riddle to baffle Gollum
  • Write your name in Elvish calligraphy
  • Learn to speak Old English
  • Create an Elvish crest badge


  • 11am12.15pm and 3.30pm4.45pm – 'Bigger than Batman': The BBC's Tolkien in Oxford (1968), by Stuart Lee.
    Join Dr Stuart Lee to piece together the story behind the 1968 BBC film, Tolkien in Oxford, and some recently discovered material previously assumed lost. This 45-minute talk will be followed by a screening of the 30-minute film.
  • 2pm – Tolkien's Creation, by John Garth.
    What drove Tolkien to create Middle-earth, and why is this achievement so unique? Are there any clues in the tale of divine world-creation that begins his mythology? Biographer John Garth goes in quest of its inspirations and far-reaching meanings.

Please note: to guarantee entry to the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition you should book exhibition tickets in advance.


Free, drop-in, no need to book.

This event is listed under: Lectures and talks; Free events
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