Dust jacket of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Photograph: The Tolkien Trust 1977

There is an exhibition at Oxford University called Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth until October. Looks like it’s going to be a great exhibition.

Samantha Shannon from the Guardian has a great piece about how she found inspiration from Tolkien’s work.

Throughout my career as a writer, I have found Tolkien to be a source of both self-doubt and inspiration. On the one hand, it can be tempting to give up in the face of his brilliance. He began to invent his first Elvish language when he was a student at Oxford, and eventually built a “Tree of Tongues” – one of the items on display in the exhibition – that charted his constructed languages from source.

It is not very often items from the Bodleian Libraries Tolkien collection are available to view so if you are lucky enough to be in Oxford it would be well worth checking out.