A Portal to Middle Earth: The Dodge Collection of Tolkien Books & Ephemera
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My entry for the 2012 Applestein-Sweren Prize is my collection of books and ephemera related to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings fantasy series. A focus on Tolkien’s work is the primary unifying theme of the collection, which includes a number of Tolkien’s books and writings, commentary and scholarship on his work, and interpretive artwork from a number of sources. While a Lord of the Rings collection existing in 2012 must in some ways acknowledge the three films directed by Peter Jackson, this collection intentionally does not include the films themselves or promotional or supplemental materials from the films, except as represented in two items: a handmade scrapbook collecting media related to the release of the final film and a printed screenplay. When I began my collection, its primary purpose was to allow me to develop and deepen my knowledge of Middle-earth and its fantasy reality, so works about Tolkien himself are rare as well. Most of the writings in my collection, including the scholarly commentary, take Middle-earth on its own terms. My primary intention when creating this collection was to allow for complex and complete internal experiences of Tolkien’s fantasy world.