Penkridge Tolkien - Oct 2013 032_smallerFor a time in 1918, a cottage at Gypsy Green on the Teddesley Park Estate was home to J.R.R. Tolkien and his family, when the young officer was posted in Staffordshire. Now, nearly 100 years later, a local library is celebrating the area’s ties to the renowned author.

Hobbit Festival Family Fun Day will be held this Saturday, November 16, 2013 in Penkridge, Staffordshire, UK from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M at Penkridge Library. Admission for the event is free, along with many fun activities. Only face painting will cost a small charge.

Activities throughout the day will include meeting artists, author Robert S. Blackham (“Tolkien and the Peril of War”), getting to know a Gondorian soldier, craft activities, a Tolkien Community Art Project, and a “Hunt the Dwarves” Treasure Hunt for the little ones. You’ll also be able to meet a soldier from The Great War, be witness to artifacts from the period, and get a feel for what it was like to be there during WWI.

For more information on the event, contact Penkridge Library at (01785) 712916, or email at:

Check out some more images for a sneak peek of what’s on display at Penkridge Library – including a letter from director Peter Jackson, thanking the library for educating people on the Professor and his link to Staffordshire.

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