Thursday, 1 January 2015

Visit to Middle Earth

We had a visit to Sarehole Mill today. After all the eating and drinking over the Christmas and New year period, we were all ready for a new years day walk to blow away the cobwebs.  

Sarehole Mill was a childhood haunt of celebrated author JRR Tolkien. Tolkien was born in South Africa in 1892. Tolkien's family moved to Birmingham in 1896 and lived close to the mill for four years. Tolkien and his brother spent many hours playing around the mill. 

Sarehole Mill and Pond.

This and other local settings such as the Moseley Bog provided inspiration for 'Hobbitton' and 'The Shire' in his books The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Tolkien contributed to the restoration of Sarehole Mill in the 1960s.

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