Monday, October 26, 2015

Tolkien Map Rediscovered

Click on the link below, read the article, and think about what you would do if you found...

Link to Tolkien Map

-- a Tolkien map that had been lost
-- a letter from Tolkien to a fan or friend
-- a postcard to a fan (there are lots of these around; I know someone in town who has one!)


Yavanna said...

If I had happened upon a rare and priceless piece of literary history like that, I think I would, at first, try to hold on to it, but allow certain individuals who showed scholarly interest the artifact itself. I wouldn't try to hold onto it, perse, but I would like to be the 'owner'. I would not prevent others from accessing it, and would freely scan it and allow those whom I could trust to handle it, research and investigate the object in question.

It would be tempting though to sell it and keep the money.

Varda said...

As someone who has not learned much about the thoughts and feelings about Tolkien's living family members, I would first present anything I found to them, especially if it was a map or a letter to a friend. Letters to fans are certainly more important to the fan than to family, but if a random person found an important map or letter that my famous family member had made or written, I would hope that they would understand the potential for my personal and emotional connection to those objects. I don't know how Tolkien's relatives feel about his fame or his multiple letters and drawings, but I think if I found anything having to do with Tolkien, the future of that object should be the choice of the Tolkien family.

Lórien said...

I have to agree with Varda, while it would be tempting to hold on to something so unique and special for a personal collection, the fate of the intellectual property of Tolkien ought to lie with the Tolkien family estate. Far to many people in today's world profit unfairly off the intellectual property of great artists, musicians, and authors. I would argue that much of Tolkien's work has been through enough disrespect with the recent Hobbit films and there would be no reason to perpetuate the commercialization of the life's work of a rather private man. What I would request of the Tolkien family is to be a part of what happens to that object. I would want to know who studies it and where it ultimately ends up. Knowledge that it was being put to the use for further serious study of Tolkien's literature and that I was partly responsible would be, at least for me, far more gratifying than simply possessing it.

Ossë said...

If I found a letter or other object from Tolkien, I don't think I would want to sell it. I would probably either keep it or I would donate it to a museum or other institution where it could be displayed. I agree with Yavanna that if I had something like this, I would definitely share it with trustworthy people. If I donated the object, I know other people would be able to appreciate it and learn from it.

Vairë said...

I would, without a doubt, sell it. I would take care with who to, and I would be respectful of it, however it holds more value to others than to me. I have my own interests in original art and original correspondences, but Tolkien's are not my main focus. I revere his words more than his maps, and his legacy yet more. And as a piece of that, if there were no museums who would buy it, I'd have to put it in its rightful hands so that the Tolkien admirers of the world could look on it with respect.