Whether in Elvish script, or else using the Goblin alphabet, these manuscripts are written in black and red, in the medieval style and show the versatility of the author in this territory also.
The facsimile of the Book of Mazarbul (as read by Gandalf deep in the mines of Moria) created by the author shows the signs of its history and the damages it underwent during the battles between Dwarves and Orcs, leaving only fragments to be read.
The first verses of two famous poems taken from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil are written in the English language but in two styles of Elvish script. Further manuscripts reveal the trembling hand of the ages-old Father Christmas, the clumsy paws of Polar Bear, a letter to be deciphered using the Goblin alphabet supplied as J.R.R. Tolkien's children would have done many years ago; and finally the hitherto unseen first page of “The Tale of Years from the Coming of the Valar to the Kingdom of Arda”.
The original manuscripts shown in this gallery are held at
the venerable Bodleian
Library, in Oxford, except for “The Tale of Years”, in a private collection.
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