Hi, I'm Catherine McIlwaine, the Tolkien Archivist at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford. AMA!
My name is Catherine McIlwaine, and I have been the Tolkien Archivist at the Bodleian Libraries for 15 years, University of Oxford. I've spent the past five years curating the biggest-ever exhibition of Tolkien materials, which is open at the Bodleian until 28 October and will go to New York's Morgan Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France next year, and I edited the accompanying catalogue, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth
I'll be answering your questions live from 11.30am EST (4.30pm here in the UK) until 1pm EST. I'll have colleagues from the u/bodleianlibraries account helping me out in case there are too many questions to answer in one go. I’m looking forward to my first AMA.
UPDATE: It's time for this AMA to end. Thanks for all your great questions. I've really enjoyed answering them all. Happy Hobbit Day for tomorrow!