The influence the Welsh language had on books by JRR Tolkien is to form part of a major new festival in Powys to honour the author. The Festival in the Shire will celebrate themes inspired by Tolkien, whose novels included Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Fans of the writer, leading academics and illustrators are expected to attend the planned event in Machynlleth. It is being organised by local book dealer Mark Faith for next August. More..