From 12 April 2014, a new Tolkien Trail leaflet will be available from Birmingham Welcome Centres and visitor attractions throughout Birmingham, including Sarehole Mill. This free trail encourages visitors to the city to explore the parts of the city connected to the Lord of the Rings author, and the special places that inspired his writing.
JRR Tolkien is one of the best-known authors in the world. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit have sold millions of copies worldwide, and have become one of the most successful movie franchises of all time. Tolkien grew up in Birmingham, and often referred to how growing up near Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog, inspired his writings about characters and places in The Shire.
With help of the Tolkien Trail, a large fold out leaflet, it is possible for Tolkien fans and explorers of all ages to visit locations with Tolkien connections in Hall Green, Moseley, Kings Heath, Edgbaston and Ladywood. Among the sites listed are Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog, the houses where Tolkien once lived, places of worship, and many others.
The Trail is co-sponsored by Birmingham Museums Trust and the Birmingham Tolkien Group. It is one of four new heritage trails which explore aspects of the city’s history, and has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Birmingham Museums Trust’s ‘Birmingham, its people, its history’ galleries project. Other trails focus on the Lunar Society, architect AWN Pugin and the Jewellery Quarter.
Chris Rice, co-ordinator of the new trail said, “JRR Tolkien is one of Birmingham’s most famous sons so it is great to that we are able to properly tell the story of his links with the city. I hope the trail will be of just as much interest to local people as the many thousands of tourists who visit the city each year to follow in Tolkien’s footsteps.”
Michael Wilkes, Chairman of the Birmingham Tolkien Group commented: “I heartily recommend this attractively redesigned leaflet to all visitors with an interest in JRR Tolkien and his work. It is important that Birmingham’s strong connections with one of the world’s most popular authors are widely known and appreciated.”
Download the Birmingham Tolkien Trail Brochure.
To find out more about events, entrance fees and opening times visit http://www.bmag.org.uk