Our Journey Through Middle Earth
Did you know that we actually live in Middle Earth? The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien grew up in Birmingham. Our friend Plant-Based Nurse was nice enough to show us around the sites in Birmingham that are believed to have provided inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's books: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
First off we decided to visit the Hungry Hobbit cafe near Sarehole Mill. Sarehole Mill was a place close to Tolkien's house as a child which is how it came to be a source of inspiration for his books. It is the mill he had in mind when he wrote about the Mill in Hobbiton.
After we ate, we crossed the street and headed for Sarehole Mill.
|Sarehole Mill sign|
|Welcome to a museum that is closed for the season.|
|Sarehole Mill "Idyllic childhood haunt of J.R.R. Tolkien"|
|Picture all the hobbits' working in the mill in Hobbiton.|
The mill museum was unfortunately closed for the winter season. Sarehole Mill is a part of Shire Country Park. I believe the park was named after the Shire not the other way around. Did J.R.R. Tolkien really hang around the mill as a youngster? According to Sarehole Mill museum he did. Next, we took a walk through the park and along the Millstream Walkway.
There is one of the towers. Where is the other one?
|A painting of the reservoir|
|A beautiful day for a fall walk.|
We only spotted one of the towers, The Edgbaston Waterworks. I googled later and found out where the other tower is, Perrott's Folly, so we'll have to visit that tower next time. Luckily they're not too far away from us.
Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post, and want to see more of the West Midlands. Check out our post "The Wrekin"