Tolkien/Hobbit Bus Tour

7 May, 2.30pm, end of Colmore Row, corner of Waterloo Street, Victoria Square

To celebrate the life of J.R.R Tolkien in Birmingham Birmingham Tours will be running a guided Tolkien/Hobbit bus tour on the Big Brum Open Top Buz.

The `unexpected journey' will highlight the area around Sarehole Mill which is said to have been the model for `The Shire' the home of the hobbits and Moseley Bog which is recalled in Tolkien's description of the 'Old Forest' last of the primeval wild woods where 'Tom Bombadil' lived.

The route will take you past his home in Moseley where he could take a tram to King Edward's School in the centre of the city and progresses to St Anne's Church where the family worshipped when Tolkien's mother became a Catholic.

The trail continues on to the Oratory - the foremost Catholic Church in Birmingham, home to Cardinal Newman and passes a number of houses in the Ladywood area where Tolkien lived - the one in Highfield Road being identified by a blue plaque. Living in this area it is possible to see that the Two Towers - Perrotts Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower would be the basis of the `Two Towers of Gondor' - Minas Morgul and Minas Tirith. Your guide will bring alive the background which led to the creation of these original fantasy novels.

Tickets are £12 and can be booked here

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