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Exhibition exploring Tolkien’s links to Staffordshire comes to Shenstone

An exhibition exploring JRR Tolkien’s links to Staffordshire has opened at Shenstone Community Library.

Library staff Matthew Wells and Mikey Robberts with exhibits from the Tolkien exhibition

Library staff Matthew Wells and Mikey Robberts with exhibits from the Tolkien exhibition

The Lord of the Rings author spent time in the county as part of his military training at Whittington during the First World War.

The exhibition – which runs until October 13 – features rare photos and copies of original sketches by Tolkien.

Cllr Gill Heath, libraries chief at Staffordshire County Council said: “This is a fascinating exhibition with thousands of people already getting the chance to see it elsewhere in the region.

“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 in Staffordshire and what it was like to be a soldier in the Great War.”

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