Anduin™ is the database system now used to study Tolkien’s manuscripts for The Lord of the Rings at Marquette University. It contains digital scans of all the manuscripts and enables researchers to navigate easily through Marquette’s collection, studying Tolkien’s magnum opus by book, chapter, draft of chapter, and (eventually) by individual passage.
Anduin replaces the older, cumbersome method of studying microfilm and photocopies. The goal of Anduin is to improve the research experience, helping scholars make efficient use of their time, and facilitating the discovery of new insights about The Lord of the Rings.
Because copyright to Marquette’s Tolkien manuscripts remains with The Tolkien Estate Limited, digital scans in Anduin may be accessed only on-site in the archives reading room at Marquette. Though most of the system is useable world-wide, off-site access to scanned images in Anduin is, we regret, prohibited without exception. If you wish to use Anduin on-site in Milwaukee, please email Dr. William Fliss, Archivist, to make an appointment.