Burntwood exhibition to explore JRR Tolkien’s links to Staffordshire

An exhibition celebrating JRR Tolkien’s links to Staffordshire is coming to Burntwood Library.

JRR Tolkien

JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings author spent time in the county during his military training for World War One.

The new exhibition features rare photos and copies of original Tolkien sketches which have not been in Staffordshire since 1918.

JRR Tolkien's map of Staffordshire

JRR Tolkien’s map of Staffordshire

Cllr Gill Heath, libraries chief at Staffordshire County Council, said: “This is a fascinating exhibition.

“It’s clear that Staffordshire had a profound effect on this famous writer’s formative years, and we’re very proud of this connection.

“The Tolkien in Staffordshire story is one of war, comradeship, creativity, love and loss and this exhibition offers visitors a rare chance to learn more about the author’s stay here and what it was like to be a soldier in the Great War.”

The exhibition will be at Burntwood Library from March 1 to April 8.

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