Graham Boxer, director of IWM North, told the Daily Mail:
“This December, just as the latest The Hobbit film launches in cinemas, visitors to IWM North will be able to see this weapon and connect further with Tolkien’s magical stories which were born from harrowing wartime experiences.
“Exhibiting this object is for us the start of what will be an extremely busy time as we prepare to launch our major First World War Centenary exhibition.”
Tolkien carried the Webley MK VI on service with the 11th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers in June 1916. He was with his unit in France until the autumn of the year when he contracted trench fever and was returned to England for treatment.
The Daily Mail reports this is the first time the revolver has ever been displayed.