Sites that shaped Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’
Ringer Lee sends us a link to a great article in the Telegraph: “The darkness creeps up on you in Moseley Bog. Even during the daytime, you can’t see much sky through the rotting canopy of branches, so the onset of dusk is for the most part indiscernible.
Once in the grip of evening, the bog takes on a more sinister personality. And you understand what JRR Tolkien meant when he wrote: “The trees do not like strangers. They watch you. They are usually content merely to watch you, as long as daylight lasts.” He was writing, in Book One of The Lord of the Rings, about the mysterious Old Forest, haunt of the ageless Tom Bombadil. But the woodland that inspired this description was Moseley Bog, the shadowy marsh behind the house where Tolkien lived as a small boy.” [Read More]Posted in Headlines, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Tolkien on December 15, 2007 by Calisuri