Tolkien at Exeter College – a new publication by John Garth

Tolkien at Exeter College: How an Oxford undergraduate created Middle-earth is the definitive account of J.R.R. Tolkien’s life as an undergraduate at Exeter College, Oxford, from peacetime into war.

Tolkien at Exeter College by John Garth - coverIt is also the tale of how he first created his mythological world of Middle-earth in 1914–15.

Rich with archive material, it includes more than 40 images, including previously unseen original sketches by and photographs of Tolkien.

The 64-page book complements and adds significantly to the account in Tolkien and the Great War.

Tolkien at Exeter College is essential reading for anyone interested in Tolkien, Oxford, and the histories of Britain and of Middle-earth.


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All prices include postage, packing and handling. Copies are also available in person from Exeter College lodge in Turl Street, Oxford.

Further reviews

‘They say good things come in small packages, and John Garth’s latest chronicle on the early life of J.R.R. Tolkien is a very good thing indeed. Like its predecessor ... it belongs on the bookshelf of every Tolkien scholar’ — Mythlore.

‘A must-have for anyone seriously interested in Tolkien’s life and work.... Garth, who wrote the ground-breaking study TOLKIEN AND THE GREAT WAR, has extended his research to Tolkien’s time as an undergraduate, with new discoveries and insights (and photographs). This new, short book is an excellent complement to the longer study, and deepens our understanding of the origins of Tolkien’s lifelong work on THE SILMARILLION.’ —Holly Ordway, ‘The Best Books I Read in 2015’, Catholic World Report.

‘Riche en surprises et en découvertes … une lecture à conseiller à tous les fans de Tolkien qui s’intéressent tout particulièrement à la genèse de la Terre du Milieu’ — French fantasy website [‘Rich in surprises and discoveries … a recommended read for all Tolkien fans interested particularly in the genesis of Middle-earth’].

Read more in Exeter College’s Exon magazine (pdf).



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(text corrected 2011)

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