Saturday, February 9, 2019

Big Exhibition Of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Artwork Leaves Out His Christianity

By The Federalist, Feb. 06, 2019

In my enthusiasm for seeing the exhibition “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth,” which just opened at the Morgan Library in New York, I made the mistake of scheduling my visit for the show’s opening weekend. If the first rule of Fight Club is to never talk about Fight Club, the first rule of exhibitions is never attend an exhibition on opening weekend.

This is particularly the case when the exhibition is about a figure as beloved as J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), author of “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and other tales that set the standard for fantasy literature in the 20th century. It’s no wonder that the line to get into the Morgan and see Tolkien’s manuscripts, personal items, and art snaked through the vestibule and out onto the sidewalk on Madison Avenue long before opening time, despite the below-freezing temperatures outdoors.
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