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Now you can visit "The Shire" from The Lord of The Rings

Posted by Fara Kearnes on January 22, 2005 3:09 PM |

A nature reserve in the UK that allegedly inspired descriptions for locations in J.R.R. Tolkien 's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit is to be renamed. Birmingham city's Millstream Project will now be known as The Shire Country Park.

Tolkien spent his childhood in Birmingham with his mother and brother. The family first lived in the hamlet of Sarehole, which Tolkien said were some of the happiest years of his youth. Sarehole is supposed to have been the model for The Shire, home to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and the other hobbits.

, Many other local landmarks in the area are also important to Tolkien's novels. Moseley Bog, with its Bronze Age burnt mounds and a mill pool, is said to be the "Old Forest" on the borders of the fictional Shire. The Old Forest in Tolkien's description was the last of the primeval wild woods and home to Old Man Willow and Tom Bombadil.

There is also a "Two Towers" reference, although it's more of a stretch. It's known as Perrot's Folly and Waterworks Tower in Edgbaston. The towers are 96-feet tall, and are said to be the inspiration for the Two Towers from the second part of the trilogy.

Finally, a structure called Sarehole Mill is the mill in Hobbiton. It is the mill (featured in the first book, The Hobbit) when Bilbo Baggins runs "as fast as his furry feet could carry him down the lane, past the great Mill, across The Water and then on for a mile or more." Tolkien issued a public appeal in the 60s to restore the mill, and it's been turned into a museum.

For more information, visit their official town site.

Many other local landmarks in the area are also important to Tolkien's novels. Moseley Bog, with its Bronze Age burnt mounds and a mill pool, is said to be the "Old Forest" on the borders of the fictional Shire. The Old Forest in Tolkien's description was the last of the primeval wild woods and home to Old Man Willow and Tom Bombadil.

There is also a "Two Towers" reference, although it's more of a stretch. It's known as Perrot's Folly and Waterworks Tower in Edgbaston. The towers are 96-feet tall, and are said to be the inspiration for the Two Towers from the second part of the trilogy.

Finally, a structure called Sarehole Mill is the mill in Hobbiton. It is the mill (featured in the first book, The Hobbit) when Bilbo Baggins runs "as fast as his furry feet could carry him down the lane, past the great Mill, across The Water and then on for a mile or more." Tolkien issued a public appeal in the 60s to restore the mill, and it's been turned into a museum.

For more information, visit their official town site.


Comments

I really love reading all that stuff about Tolkien. I think writers often take their characters from the real life changing them to this or that extend.


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