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July 16, 2004

Middle England

Chris Upton argues there is much of Middle England in Middle Earth.

If there is any place that re-connects Middle Earth to the real world it is here. Here still stands Sarehole Mill, the city’s last surviving water mill, where Ronald and his brother, Hillary, used to hide from the ‘White Ogre’, the name they gave to the flour-covered mill owner. In later life Tolkien himself contributed to the fund-raising to save the mill.

Here too is Moseley Bog, the remains of an old clay quarry, where Ronald and Hillary found a mysterious and secret world of giant trees and hidden streams. Could this be the Old Forest, where Tom Bombadil hides away?

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 16, 2004 08:47 AM

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Um, you mean like the fact that the Middle Earth looks a hell of a lot like Wales seperated from the UK?

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at July 16, 2004 07:08 PM