Middle Earth is all around you

We’ve already mentioned Burne-Jones’s connections with Birmingham, and that Tolkien grew up here. In fact, it appears that Birmingham and its surroundings contributed enormously to the landscapes of Middle Earth. For a summary of the key areas, go here. For a better look at the University in its earlier days, see here. The key buildings of the University were, of course, being built while Tolkien was growing up in Birmingham. If you’ve never thought of Old Joe as Orthanc before, it’s worth taking a moment to consider it…

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