— review by Emilio Patavini
Maker and Treasures were first published in June 2018 to coincide with the exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth that took place in Oxford, New York, and Paris. The exhibition material not only came out of Tolkien Archives, but also the Tolkien Collection at Marquette University, Milwaukee, and private collections. For those who, like me, did not get to visit the display, reading its superb catalogue Maker, will make it seem as if they did.
The author of Maker and Treasures is Catherine McIlwaine, Tolkien Archivist at Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Maker won the prestigious Best Book Award during The Tolkien Society Awards 2019, and McIlwaine herself was awarded for the Outstanding Contribution.…