The English towers and landmarks that inspired Tolkien’s hobbit sagas
Super fun behind-the-scenes Tolkien details in a new book by Garth John titled The Worlds of JRR Tolkien. Check out a few juicy leaks in the review from The Guardian.
Now an extensive new study of the author’s work is to reveal the likely sources of key scenes. The idea for Saruman’s nightmarish tower, argues leading Tolkien expert John Garth, was prompted by Faringdon Folly in Berkshire.
“I have concentrated on the places that inspired Tolkien and though that may seem a trivial subject, I hope I have brought some rigour to it,” said Garth this weekend. “I have a fascination for the workings of the creative process and in finding those moments of creative epiphany for a genius like Tolkien.”
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