J.R.R. Tolkien

December 26, 2013 by  

J.R.R. Tolkien, Almost 100 years on from the conflict, JRR Tolkien’s First World War revolver is to go on public display at IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, in Manchester.

Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, endured life in the front line trenches of the Somme throughout the summer and autumn of 1916.

The impact of the battle remained with him for the rest of his life and its influence can be clearly seen in his unique mythological creations.

The revolver will go on display in IWM North’s Main Exhibition Space this December, ahead of the opening of IWM North’s major exhibition ‘From Street To Trench: A War That Shaped a Region’ in April 2014to mark the First World War Centenary. Entry to IWM North is free; donations are welcomed.

Graham Boxer, Director of IWM North, said:

‘This December just as the latest The Hobbit film launches in cinemas, visitors to IWM North will be able to see this weapon and connect further with Tolkien’s magical stories which were born from harrowing wartime experiences. Exhibiting this object is for us the start of what will be an extremely busy time as we prepare to launch our major First World War Centenary exhibition, From Street to Trench: A War that Shaped a Region, in April.’

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