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Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth

Fans of stories with fantastical elements - from the Old English epic poem Beowulf to the Harry Potter series - will love this online exhibition from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries. Here, visitors can explore items related to a number of classic works of magic and fantasy. For example, fans of the King Arthur legend can check out Medieval and Early Modern manuscripts related to the tale alongside a handwritten poem by author Susan Cooper, who authored the Dark is Rising sequence based on Arthurian legend. Meanwhile, those who have read Jorge Luis Borges's short story, "The Library of Babel," may appreciate items in the small exhibit, The Universe (Which Others Call the Library). This series highlights four rare and fantastical items in the Bodleian Libraries, including a 1492 Runic calendar. In Pure Northernness, lovers of C.S. Lewis's the Lion, the Witch, and Wardrobe can explore other texts and images that portray the northern pole as a magical place. As a whole, this collection is delightful to browse while revealing a great deal about the history of fantasy literature.
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