Photos and Letters Giving Rare Look Into J. R. R. Tolkien’s Secretive World Sell for Over $53,000 at Auction

Among the intimate images that have been sold was one showing J.R.R Tolkien sat in his study with his own hand-drawn map of Middle Earth where The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy was set

Intimate photographs and letters providing a rare glimpse into J.R.R Tolkien’s secretive world have been sold for almost £40,000.

The archive of images showing the Lord of the Rings author relaxing in his study and in his garden with his wife Edith were taken by society photographer Pamela Chandler – whose reputation led to photographic commissions from celebrities, royalty and major literary publishers during the 1960s.

The collection includes an image of Tolkien in his study with his own hand-drawn map of Middle Earth where The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy was set.

Also among the archive are notebooks kept by Ms Chandler in which she described the Tolkiens as the ‘most adorable people you could care to meet and I can never think of one without the other.’

The candid photograph providing a rare glimpse into J.R.R Tolkien’s secretive world were taken by society photographer Pamela Chandler – whose reputation led to photographic commissions from celebrities, royalty and major literary publishers during the 1960s
The collection included a group of 64 colour and black and white negatives for the original two shoots of the writer which fetched £18,000

In 1961, Ms Chandler was tasked with producing professional portrait photos for the famously camera-shy writer.

She was soon able to win him over and became firm friends with Tolkien and his wife for the rest of their lives.

In 1966 she was invited back to their home in Oxfordshire to take candid photos of the devoted couple.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Bhvishya Patel and Katie Feehan