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The Bluebottle Boys – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: School Is Out

School

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 4, Part 1 – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: School Is Out [Note: The featured pic is a triptic of places Reggie and Stan visit over the summer. Left to right (1) Perrot’s Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (inspirations for Tolkien’s “Two Towers”); (2) Sarehole Mill (inspiration for Tolkien’s The Shire […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Our Abandoned, Bombed Out Cinema

Bombed Out Cinema

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 3, Part 3 – Edgbaston & Birmingham, Spring 1961: Our Abandoned, Bombed Out Cinema Note: The featured pic is of the entrance to an abandoned, bombed out cinema, such as the one Reggie and Stan play in. The connection with our favorite abandoned, bombed out cinema was rather more complex. […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: Sarehole Mill – The real Shire

Sarehole

Tolkien’s Birmingham: Part 3 (Sarehole Mill – The Real Shire) “Hobbiton was a village on a stream locally known as The Water, a short distance west of Bywater. It had a mill, (Sarehole Mill) and there was a small inn called the Ivy Bush at the eastern end of the village, on the road to […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: Sarehole Mill – The Outskirts Of The Shire

Sarehole Mill

Tolkien’s Birmingham: Part 2 Wake Green Road, Gracewell Cottages, Sarehole Mill – The Outskirts Of The Shire Take Birmingham’s A4040 outer ring road from Stratford-on-Avon road west at speed towards Moseley, near the M42 turn-off. You’ll pass plenty of suburban homes – fairly leafy, not a mass, of regimented grids and circles, the way you’ll […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: The Influence Of Environment On The Author

Environment

Tolkien’s Birmingham: Part 1 – The Influence Of Environment On The Author Environment, particularly in an author’s formative years, can leave an indelible mark upon an author’s point of view, certainly upon his or her selection of settings. After all, where would the Brontë sisters have been without their Gothic upbringing on the Yorkshire moors, […]

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