In 1911, when Tolkien was only 19, he travelled with a on a walking tour of the Swiss Alps. It was his first and only experience of truly large mountains, and as he later made clear in several of his letters, the experience inspired the mountain landscapes in his Middle-earth writings.
`Only once before have I seen them from afar in waking life, but I know them and their names, for under them lies Khazad-dûm, the Dwarrowdelf, that is now called the Black Pit, Moria in the Elvish tongue. Yonder stands Barazinbar, the Redhorn, cruel Caradhras; and beyond him are Silvertine and Cloudyhead: Celebdil the White, and Fanuidhol the Grey, that we call Zirak-zigil and Bundushathûr.
Gimli, The Lord of the Rings.
We’ve previously profiled the Swiss Alps around Interlaken on a couple of occasions, however if you missed those posts previously, here’s another nice write-up courtesy of BBC travel.
Continue reading “The Hobbits that lurk in Alpine villages”
Far over the Misty Mountains cold…
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A variety of new images have appeared online in the last 24 hours and we’d love to share them with you! They are all spoilers and reveal more details on characters we will be seeing in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ Click for this full article to see the gallery, and thanks to our friends at French partner site Tolkiendrim for the heads up! Continue reading “More Spoiler Imagery from The Hobbit!”