Tolkien expert comes to Redditch to hold event on 'the Shire' - The Redditch Standard

Tolkien expert comes to Redditch to hold event on 'the Shire'

Redditch Editorial 16th Mar, 2024   0

CAMPAIGNERS against a power station planned for the Worcestershire countryside which inspired Tolkien’s ‘The Shire’, are holding an event to look at the author’s close relationship with the area.

Andrew H Morton, who has written books about Tolkien, is coming to Redditch after an invitation from the Roundhill Wood Solar Farm opposition group (RWSF).

At the event in Bradley Green, Mr Morton will read extracts from his book and take part in a Q&A session.

Phil Coathup, RWSF chairman said: “It’s clear from reading Andrew’s books that Tolkien had a close relationship with the Worcestershire countryside.

“People will be fascinated to hear about the impact of Tolkien’s influential Aunt Jane Neave, who lived at Dormston Manor, known locally as ‘Bag End,’ which of course is the name given to the home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.”

Author Andrew added: “There has long been speculation about the origin and meaning of the name Bag End and its significance to Tolkien.

“One thing that is certain and that we can all agree is that the picturesque setting which provides the backdrop to much of Tolkien’s work should be protected for future generations to enjoy.”

The event starts at 7.30pm next Friday, March 22, at Stock and Bradley Village Hall in Bradley Green.

Copies of Andrew’s book will be available and there will be an opportunity to get books signed.

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