Fans of fantasy adventure films anxiously await the premier of "The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey". The film series is a close "cousin" of the film series "lord of the rings". How much do you know about the man behind the fantasy worlds. Samford University has an exhibit with rare artifacts commemorating J.R.R. Tolkien.
It belongs to one of Samford's divinity students. Rebecca Poe Hays says her father has collected Tolkien works and artifacts for decades and passed them on to her. Now "Hobbit" and "Lord of The Rings" fans can stop and admire the collection.
"This was brought to us actually from one of our divinity students. And of course we were just overjoyed," said Marliese Thomas, a librarian and a fan of tolkien herself.
So what makes this exhibit so special? It depends on who you ask. Maybe it's the complete series of authorized and pirated paper back edition of the lord of the rings. Or maybe the posters are what make people stop and look. "Some people might find the movie posters of the cartoons more nostalgic, or of the 1978 movie or the 2003 movie. We've also got a read-a-long vinyl record and book for a child,"said Thomas.
Whatever it is that draws people in, Thomas says it is rare to see a collection this extensive in someone's personal possession outside of a museum or library. The collector, Rebecca Poe Hays knows people are impressed with what they see. But she wants them to be more impressed by the works of Tolkien.
The exhibit will be up until January 2, 2013.