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Exhibition - Tolkien, A journey to Middle Earth

Until 02/16/2020


The BnF is proposing a major exhibition devoted to the multi-faceted work of J.R.R. Tolkien, a …

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The BnF is proposing a major exhibition devoted to the multi-faceted work of J.R.R. Tolkien, a brilliant Oxford professor and a creator of fantasy worlds who lives on in the imaginations of a wide audience even today. 

Some 300 items comprising the exhibition shed light on both the man and his work. A number of Tolkien’s manuscripts and original drawings are being presented for the first time in France

At the same time, a selection of outstanding items, most of which are from the BnF’s collections help us appreciate the context of his artistic and literary creativity. 

Curators Vincent Ferré, professor of comparative literature at Paris Est-Créteil University

Frédéric Manfrin, curator in the Philosophy, History, and Human Sciences Department

Associate curators: Élodie Bertrand and Émilie Fissier,

Institutional partners

In partnership with Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford and with the support of The Raynor Memorial Libraries - Marquette University, of the Tolkien Estate and the Tolkien family.And with contributions from the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie, Aubusson (Aubusson Tapestry Museum) and the Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum).

Press Partners

In partnership with Le Monde, Télérama, Connaissance des arts,France Télévisions, France Culture

TOLKIEN ® is a registered trademark of The Tolkien Estate Limited.

Useful information

Opening days and times

  • From Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm

  • Open late evenings on Thursday: 10 am to 9 pm

  • Closed on Mondays and on bank holidays (Friday 1 November, Wednesday 25 December, Wednesday 1 January).

Tickets and prices

  • Free admission: children under the age of 18, job seekers, tax credit or social benefit recipients, and disabled persons and their support assistants.


  • To allow for optimal management of visitor numbers during the exhibition period, the tickets sold entitle you to priority entry during a specially reserved time slot.

  • All tickets sold will remain valid for the duration of the exhibition, for one admission. If the visitor does not arrive at the reserved time he has chosen, he will be unable to use the priority queue but will still be eligible for admission to the exhibition.


Quai François-Mauriac
75013 PARIS 13

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