Christopher Tolkien will receive the 2017 Bodley Medal, awarded by the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University. The original medal was created in 1646 to honor Sir Thomas Bodley, who rebuilt the first public library at Oxford. Since 2002, replicas have been awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds of literature, culture, science, and communication. Tolkien is being recognized in part for his work editing the unpublished texts of his father, J.R.R. Tolkien. The Tolkien Archive has been housed at the Bodleian Libraries since 1973. For more information on the Bodleian Libraries, see their website.
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