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Tolkien’s Birmingham: Lickey Hills and Edith Bratt

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: Lickey Hills, Minas Tirith, the Spired City — and Arwen Every summer, Fr Francis took the Tolkien brothers on holiday to Lyme Regis in Devon. Here he had several friends and Ronald was fascinated by the striking landscape. It was on one such holiday that Fr Francis discovered the true feelings of the […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: Edgbaston and the Two Towers

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Tolkien’s Birmingham:and the Two Towers The featured illustration this time is a map. The Edgbaston portion of a “Bird’s-eye view” map of Birmingham, as published in the Birmingham Mail in 1904. I’ve taken the liberty of defacing a copy (OK, a virtual copy). I indicate where certain places in this next part of the story […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: A Modern Visit To Moseley Bog

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: A Modern Visit To Moseley Bog The modern Moseley Bog is not, I’m sorry to say, very visitor-friendly when it comes to visitors arriving by motor vehicle. They’re a bit abelist, and expect everybody to walk – a walk that could be some considerable distance for some. There are two (count ’em, two) […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: The Bluebottle Boys

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: (Part 4): Impressions of Moseley Bog from Sarehole Mill — as reflected in The Bluebottle Boys [This is the second part of the excerpt from The Bluebottle Boys, relating to Moseley Bog. At the point where it ends, Reggie is headed into the Bog, but it will be an “alternative” sort of Bog, […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: Sarehole Mill – The real Shire

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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

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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

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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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