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Friday, September 3 • 10:30am - 11:00am
Collecting early Tolkien Paperbacks - A homage to Barbara Remington and Pauline Baynes.

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In the USA of the counter-culture generation, the Barbara Remington artwork for the Ballantine edition of LOTR, together with the related poster art, arguably became the look of Tolkien for a generation.

In the UK the Pauline Baynes triptych became the celebrated artwork for the first omnibus paperback edition, published by Allen & Unwin in 1968. 

The talk will explore the pleasures of collecting Tolkien paperbacks for their cover art, whilst celebrating the early designs for their novel and very different interpretations of the Middle Earth landscapes.

The talk will go on to deconstruct the contrasting artwork of Baynes and Remington. Both sets of cover art are triptychs, and imagine Tolkien’s world in a series of unforgettable vistas that arguably defined Tolkien for the counter-culture generation.

The talk will include a visual presentation of the related cover art and copies of the books and related ephemera will be on display in Oxford.

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Chris Trwoga

Chris Trwoga is a Tolkien collector and general bibliophile. As well as collecting, he is interested in the role of history and myth in giving meaning to landscapes and those who act in them. He has written a number of books on the theme and is currently working on a project to promote... Read More →

Friday September 3, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)