The Magic of Middle-Earth at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum Opening 9 July 2022

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The One Ring with The Magic of Middle Earth text

Follow in J.R.R Tolkien’s footsteps on a walk on top of the Malvern Hills, before or after visiting the new exhibition at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. Tolkien loved to walk the hills with his friend C.S. Lewis, and you’ll see why, we think the undulating landscape inspired him to write his masterpieces. Read more about his connections with The Malverns on our Chronicles of Malvernia walking story on Tolkien: The New J.R.R Tolkien Walking Story Features on BBC Countryfile – Visit The Malverns.

On 9 July, all the way from Middle-earth comes an absolute must-see for Tolkien fans. The Magic of Middle-Earth, a celebration of the incredible fantasy world which has inspired so many, is going on display in a stunning, free exhibition at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, opening on Saturday 9 July and on throughout the summer holidays.

The Magic of Middle-Earth is a magical treasure trove of over 200 rare books, objects, and artworks to explore, providing family fun for all ages, from little halflings to wizened wizards!

The exhibition includes first edition copies of the books, incredible artworks and objects from across the decades including stunning paintings of Dragons, Ents and Elves, dramatic models and dioramas including The Battle Of Helms Deep, and Middle-earth inspired video games and Lego sets.

Regarded as the “father” of modern fantasy literature, J. R. R. Tolkien has inspired creative minds of all types, from artists, musicians and film makers to environmentalists and game designers. Tolkien himself took inspiration from Worcestershire’s 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 previously broken visitor attendance records around the country with his Star Wars-themed exhibition May The Toys Be With You which was on show at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum in 2019.

“I want to really transport visitors with this exhibition,” Fox says, “and allow those who enjoy immersing themselves in Middle-earth that indulgence. This is the first exhibition to bring together and make sense of Tolkien’s cultural legacy. For me, it’s a feast for the imagination and I’m really happy to be able to share it with others.”

As well as marvelling at the amazing collection, visitors will be able to enjoy craft activities, dress up as their favourite Tolkien character, take a selfie in the Hobbit chair and follow a Mystical Quest family trail through the museum.

Some very special guests are visiting the museum for the official opening of the exhibition on Saturday 9 July. Visitors are also encouraged to come in their own Middle-Earth-inspired costumes.

The Magic of Middle-Earth is FREE and open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm from 9 July to 17 September. For more information contact the Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371, follow @worcestermuseum or click the button below: