The Tolkien Estate have recently launched a new website (no doubt in response to the increased interest due to the upcoming TV series and film), and it’s a great resource to explore the writings and life of Tolkien, as both a writer of fiction and an academic.
You can access the website here.
There are two things that really stand out about this new website, beyond its overall swish design and fancy pcitures. The first is its serious engagement with Tolkien scholarship, and the provision of a number of useful resources to access this. In recent years, Tolkien scholarship has increased in a number of significant journal publications, but these are often difficult for those without academic logins and university affiliations.
Secondly, the website includes some wonderful audio recordings of Tolkien himself reading some of his works.
There’s also a selection of some of Tolkien’s amazing artwork available too. So, take a look around the site from the link above if you’re interested in learning a little more about the author who helped popularise the trends in fantasy literature we see today.
If you’re intrested in learning a little bit more about Tolkien’s life (and death) in Oxford, I recently wrote an article about Tolkien’s grave, which you can find here.
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