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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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Tolkien’s Birmingham: Edgbaston and the Two Towers

Edgbaston

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: 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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