‘Magic of Middle-earth’ Lord of the Rings exhibit arrives at Worcester Museum
THE ‘magic of Middle-earth’ is coming to Worcester as part of a Lord of the Rings exhibition which organizers hope will leave visitors spellbound.
The free exhibition is expected to delight visitors to the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum between Saturday July 9 and Saturday September 17.
This is perhaps a kind of homecoming, as Tolkien’s Middle-earth was itself inspired by the landscape of Worcestershire, including the Malvern Hills which the author visited.
Interest in Tolkien’s world has peaked in recent weeks with anticipation for “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” an upcoming American fantasy television series produced by Amazon Studios.
The exhibition showcases one of the UK’s “finest collections of artwork and artefacts relating to Tolkien’s fantasy world”, on display for the first time in the region.
Highlights include dressing up and taking a selfie in a Hobbit chair, a craft activity area for kids, and following a Mystical Quest family trail through the museum. Organizers have described the exhibit as a “must see” for Tolkien fans.
The magic of Middle-earth has been described as “a celebration of the incredible fantasy world that has inspired so many” and a “magical treasure trove of over 200 rare books, objects and works of art to explore, providing fun family for all ages, from little halflings to shrunken wizards.
The exhibit includes first-edition copies of the ‘incredible’ books, artwork and artifacts from all decades, including paintings of dragons, ents and elves, dramatic models and dioramas , including the Battle of Helms Deep, video games and Lego sets inspired by Middle-earth. .
Considered the “father” of modern fantasy literature, JRR Tolkien inspired creative minds of all types, from artists, musicians and filmmakers to environmentalists and game designers.
Tolkien himself was inspired by the Worcestershire landscape and was a regular visitor to the Malvern Hills in the 1930s with fellow writer CS Lewis.
This exhibition comes from collector Matt Fox, who has already broken attendance records across the country with his Star Wars-themed exhibition May The Toys Be With You which opened at the Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum in 2019.
Mr. Fox said: “I really want to transport visitors with this exhibit and allow those who love to immerse themselves in Middle-earth that indulgence.
“This is the first exhibition that brings together and makes sense of Tolkien’s cultural heritage. For me, it’s a feast for the imagination and I’m really happy to be able to share it with others.”
“Special guests” would visit the museum for the official opening of the exhibition. Visitors are also encouraged to come in their own Middle-earth inspired costumes.
Middle-earth Magic is free and open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 9 through September 17.