DIMITRA FIMI 1. Tolkien's Celtic Library fter J.R.R. Tolkien's death, a number of books from his personal collection ended up in two Oxford libraries. A small number are in the Bodleian Library, within the Tolkien manuscript collection, in the section "Tolkien E16." A considerably larger number are to be found in the Library of the English Faculty. According to the library's own classification system, the books are shelved in section V, which is described as "Tolkien's Celtic Library." An initial reaction to this description might be surprise. Tolkien's dislike for "things Celtic," strongly expressed in his much-quoted 1937 letter to Stanley Unwin (Letters 26), is well known and could be taken as a definitive discouragement to research in Tolkien's Celtic sources. It is only recently that scholarship has attempted a serious evaluation of the Celtic elements of Tolkien's inspiration (see Burns; Fimi; Flieger Interrupted Music). Nevertheless, Tolkien's "Celtic Library" holds exciting revelations, if only for its sheer size. Over three hundred books originally owned by Tolkien are held in the Bodleian and the English Faculty Library, of which approximately a third belong to the discipline of Celtic Studies. It is, of course, not easy to determine what percentage
Tolkien Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: May 15, 2007
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