J.R.R. Tolkien & Staffordshire 1915-1918: A Literary Landscape

Commemoration | Rugeley Library
Dates From | 03 Jun 2016 to 02 Jul 2016

The world famous author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, spent time in Staffordshire, in particular during the Great War when posted to the army training camps on Cannock Chase. The Great War years were a formative period in the development of Tolkien’s work on the mythology, languages, history and geography of what would become middle-earth. References in some of his writings relate to Staffordshire: Great Haywood, Shugborough Hall, Gypsy Green near Penkridge and Cannock Chase. Influences can be traced in his creative work, in particular his contemporary poetry and also The Book of Lost Tales, which was a forerunner to The Silmarillion.

Curated by The Haywood Society, this exhibition will celebrate the importance of Staffordshire on the early writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and the development of his vision of Middle-earth.

The exhibition will tour Staffordshire -

Tuesday 5th July – Sunday 10th July                   Great Haywood Memorial Hall

Tuesday 12th July – Monday 22nd August         Codsall Library

Wednesday 24th August – Saturday 22nd October        Penkridge Library

Tuesday 25th October – Wednesday 16th November    Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford

Friday 18th November  – Saturday 8th January 2017  Lichfield Library

Tuesday 10th January – Monday 27th February            Stafford Library/SP1 Foyer

Opening times

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 1pm
Thursday: 9am - 6pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: Closed


£ Free


Rugeley Library
Anson Street
WS15 2BB