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Life and works of Tolkien displayed at Chichester TONIGHT

Artwork by Alan Lee, concept artist of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films

THE Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy will host a visual presentation by the chairman of the Tolkien Society TONIGHT (Tuesday 24 February).

The event will focus on the books and films of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and will be led by Shaun Gunner, head of the international fan club which is devoted to promoting the life and works of JRR Tolkien.

The society was founded in 1969 and received the blessing of Tolkien himself when he agreed to become the society’s president. Professor Bill Gray is head of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy.

He said: “Shaun’s tender years contradict any assumption that the Chairman of The Tolkien Society must be an elderly Gandalf-figure and, under his chairmanship, the membership of the society has grown by 45 per cent.”

Members of the society receive a subscription to its journals, Amon Hen and Mallorn, to which Mr Gunner has contributed articles, and are also able to take part in international social and educational events.

Mr Gunner is also webmaster and administrator of the Tolkien Gateway wiki - an online open-sourced Tolkien encyclopaedia - as well as advisor and assistant to Emil Johansson's The Lord of the Rings Project.

The latter is a creative web project dedicated to the works of JRR Tolkien, and is best known for its extensive and ever-updating genealogy: the historical timeline of Middle-Earth and the statistics of its population.

The talk, which starts at 5:15pm, will be held in room E124 at the University’s Bishop Otter campus in Chichester. Tickets cost £5 each, or £3 for concessions, but are free to University staff and students.

To find out more about the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy visit www.sussexfolktalecentre.org.

Artwork by illustrator Alan Lee, a concept artist of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit blockbuster series