History of Tolkien’s life at Exeter College published

J.R.R. Tolkien helped organise and participated in the sexcentenary celebrations of Exeter College, Oxford, in 1914. Now, exactly one hundred years later, the college has reached the 700 years mark and has recently published a short book on the time one of its most famous former students spent there. Written by John Garth, author of Tolkien and the Great War, it includes all new material including some spectacular pictures of the young Tolkien.

UPDATE See below. The 64 pages long book was first made available at Oxonmoot 2014, the major annual event organised by the Tolkien Society – in Oxford, of course. Author John Garth was one of the speakers present and he kindly enough signed my copy which I was given by my good pal Gondtengwen – thanks again! If you are wondering about what John Garth wrote on my copy – don’t be surprised: I translated his book Tolkien and the Great War into German (with my colleague Birgit Herden) and it has been published this year by Hobbitpresse, Stuttgart, as Tolkien und der Erste Weltkrieg. And I’d love to translate that booklet into German, do you hear, Exeter College? 🙂

Tolkien at Exeter College (c) Exeter College, Oxford, UK and John Garth

Tolkien at Exeter College (c) Exeter College, Oxford, UK and John Garth

Tolkien at Exeter College: How an Oxford undergraduate created Middle-earth is the story of JRR Tolkien’s life as an undergraduate at Exeter College, from peacetime into war. It is also the tale of how he first created his mythological world in 1914–15.

Rich with archive material and original sketches by Tolkien – some never before seen – Tolkien at Exeter College is essential reading for anyone interested in Tolkien, Oxford, and the histories of Britain and of Middle-earth.

The booklet is available to purchase for £8 from the Development Office. Email development@exeter.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 279619 to purchase a copy today. [Source.]

UPDATE I have just been informed that Exeter College can only sell the booklet if you visit the college itself, that is, at the lodge in Turl Street, or if you are an Exonian yourself. If you want to order it please visit the author’s website where it can be obtained for £10 (UK delivery) or £15.10 elsewhere. [Information added: Oct 5, 2014.]

Just so you have an idea of how it would be for you to study at this beautiful college:

Exeter College, Oxford, UK. Fellows' Garden. (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

Exeter College, Oxford, UK. Fellows’ Garden. (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

Marcel R. Bülles

A Tolkien fan for thirty years (and more to come...) Founding chairman of the German Tolkien Society, Co-Founder of Ring*Con, Co-Founder of the ITF, host, presenter and fantasy expert