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The Prospect Before Us
Lord of the Rings

The Prospect Before Us

This Is England
Some Early History
British World Heritage Sites
In The Hedgerows
Albion's Woodlands
Three Forests Of England
The National Nature Reserves
Within This Village
Beneath Albion's Surface
The Albion River Hymn
Where Other Waters Flow
Albion's Railways
In This City
In This City: Some History
Lark Rise To Candleford
John Moore.1907-1967
Montague Rhodes James. 1862-1936
J.R.R Tolkien 1892-1973
Lord of the Rings
Map Of Middle Earth
Along The Downs
Along The Pilgrims Way
Albions' Music
Horse's Brawl
London Calling
Cinema Show
"Just Room For One Inside Sir..."
It's The Vicar!!
The Prospect Before Us
Communications and Links


"It was not called the Old Forest without reason, for it was ancient, a survivor of vast forgotten woods; and in it lived yet, aging no quicker than the hills, the fathers of the fathers of trees, remembering times when they were lords......"
The Fellowship of The Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Old Forest And Hobbiton

Moseley Bog

This page began as a thought about an entire sequence of Lord of the Rings, that is not included in the film, that of Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippins journey throught the Old Forest, their encounters with Old Man Willow, Tom Bombadil and the Lady Goldberry. As one thought leads to another, the page took on a life of its own, and so, as you will see, it not only covers Moseley Bog and its environs, but also is a some what muted plea for the preservation of the English countryside, with emphasis on Warwickshire, that was Tolkien's playground, as a child. A different view, but, we think a view that must and should and must be taken, when either reading Lord of the Rings, or watching the film.
Take your time, visit all the links, and get a feel for Tolkien's thought process, as he created the geography and history of Middle Earth. 

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The in fact more or less a Warwickshire village of about the period of the Diamond Jubilee [1897]. There is no special reference to England in the 'Shire' - except of course that as an Englishman brought up in an 'almost rural' village of Warwickshire ...I take my models like anyone else - from such life as I know.

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JRR Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien.

Tolkien said being in England as a child was inspiring as the contrast to South Africa's climate and landscape was striking. He loved the green and leafy environment of Warwickshire.

In Humphrey Carpenter's JRR Tolkien: the Authorised Biography, Tolkien is quoted as saying:

"To find oneself, just at the time when one's imagination is opening out, in a quiet Warwickshire village, engenders a particular love of a central middle England countryside."
On their return from South Africa, the family found lodgings in the Warwickshire village of Sarehole, which was a couple of miles outside Birmingham, on the road to Stratford.The village is widely thought of as the inspiration for Hobbiton and the Shire. The mill that features in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is thought to have derived from Sarehole Mill.The village of Sarehole is now part of Birmingham, but Tolkien's house still stands, largely unchanged.
When Tolkien was eight-years-old the family moved to Moseley so he could go to King Edward's School in Birmingham.
Tolkien returned to Warwickshire to get married. He tied the knot at St Mary Immaculate church in Warwick on 22 March, 1916.

In an interview for the BBC interview, Tolkien spoke of his love of trees and it is likely he visited the
Forest of Arden.
During his childhood the old forest lay between Sarehole and Stratford. It is possible the The Old Forest, Fangorn and Lothlorien in his books are based on the ancient Warwickshire woodland.


Bannam Wood, Warwickshre

J.R.R. Tolkien. 1892-1973