A Birmingham nature reserve that was a favourite childhood playground of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien has been awarded a £376,500 lottery grant. Tolkien said Moseley Bog had inspired the mystical Old Forest that his Hobbit characters travelled through in the Lord of the Rings. The reserve is owned by Birmingham City Council and managed by the Friends of Moseley Bog and a wildlife trust. They said the grant would fund an outdoor theatre and restore hedgerows. More..